MEMI30040 Principles of Infection and its Treatment

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is part of the core curriculum for the MB BCh BAO degree in medicine. It introduces the student to the major bacterial, viral and fungal pathogens. It examines the relationship between microbiological characteristics and the common infections caused by these pathogens. It relates antimicrobial treatment of the infections to these relationships and pharmacokinetic principles.We would like to remind all students taking this module that there is an expectancy of full attendance for the scheduled tutorials

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module the student will be able to:
1. Improve clinical skills by:
i. Describing the clinical presentation and interpretation of laboratory data which may identify these infections.
ii. Discussing the management and prevention of these infections.

2. Improve biomedical knowledge by:
i. Listing the major bacterial, viral and fungal pathogens.
ii. Describing the structure and virulence factors utilised by these pathogens in infectious diseases and describing the major infections caused by these pathogens.
iii. Listing the main groups of antimicrobials used for treatment of infections and describing the mechanism of action of these agents.
iv. Describing the principles of antibiotic resistance.

3. Improve professional and personal skills by:
i. Participation in group based interactive tutorials

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours






Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Case-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students are required to have a background in human physiology and biochemistry and to have studied Mechanisms of Disease or a module with equivalent learning outcomes.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
MDSA20240 - Micro, Med Genet, Neoplasia, PATH30080 - Disease Mechanisms & Pharmacol

BIOC20030 - Biochemistry & Microbiology, PHAR30010 - Chemotherapeutic agents

Additional Information:
One of the co-requisites listed, depending on programme.

Principles of infection (MDSA30040)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Examination: Essay paper 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: EMQ and MCQ 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% 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

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Name Role
Dr Marguerite Lawler Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Cathal Ó Broin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer