MEMI30010 Medical Microbiology

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of Medical Microbiology. Starting from basics, students are initially introduced to the properties (structure and replication) of medically important groups of bacteria and viruses that influence the pathogenesis of these infectious agents in humans. Following on from this, the module covers specific medically important bacteria (Weeks 1-5) and viruses (Weeks 6-12). These lectures provide insights into modes of transmission, epidemiology, pathogenic mechanisms, immune response of the host, treatment strategies, prevention/control of infection and the principles behind methods used to diagnose infection. Lectures are complemented by practical laboratory sessions consisting of approx. 18 hours in total split between Bacteriology and Virology. These sessions account for 30% of the final grade for this module and provide students with the opportunity to apply material covered in the lectures in a practical setting. Students obtain hands-on experience of methods used in the diagnosis of bacterial and viral infections in the laboratory and an understanding of how results are interpreted and their relevance in a clinical context. Assessment is as follows:
End of trimester (MCQ and essay paper): 50%; Practical exams/assignments in trimester: 30%; Mid term MCQ: 20%

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module students should be able to:
• Describe clinical importance of normal flora and microbial determinants involved in pathogenesis of infection.• Describe the virulence factors, diseases, diagnosis and treatment of infections caused by Staphylococci, streptococci, Enterobacteria, Tuberculosis, Neisseria, Haemophilus, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma and Spirochaetes.• Describe the impact of structure and genetic features of viruses on the pathogenesis of infection.• Describe the microbiological features, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and management of infections caused by Measles, Mumps and Rubella viruses, Coronaviruses, Adenoviruses, Parvoviruses, Herpesviruses, Enteric viruses, Retroviruses, Hepatitis viruses, Papillomaviruses and respiratory viruses

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Formal lectures


Lab practicals 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

This module is designed to cover Medical Microbiology from basics and as such does not require substantial prior knowledge in the area.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Medical Microbiology (MEMI37010)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment(Including Essay): Assignment(s) based on Virology practicals n/a Graded No


Exam (In-person): End of trimester short answer and MCQ paper n/a Graded No


Exam (In-person): Assessment of Bacteriology practicals n/a Graded No


Exam (In-person): Mid term MCQ n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on components of the module such as Practical assignments will be given to individual students via BrightSpace or in class via tutorials.

Name Role
Dr Koon-Meng Chan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Marguerite Clyne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Jaythoon Hassan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Paul Holder Lecturer / Co-Lecturer