MICR40040 Microbial Pathogenicity

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module explores the genetic basis of microbial pathogenicity, with an emphasis in host pathogen interactions and molecular mechanisms used by pathogens to cause disease. Selected topics focus on major human and animal pathogens to explore their infection strategies, virulence factors and adaptation mechanisms to survive the challenges posed by the host environment.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:

Compare infection strategies used by microbes to survive in the host environment
Discuss molecular mechanisms used by pathogens to cause disease.
Discuss the genetic organisation of virulence genes and regulation of their expression
Reflect on the environmental and genomic drivers in the evolution of pathogens.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Microbial Pathogenicity (INDM40040)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer 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

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Name Role
Professor Wim Meijer Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Raul Miranda Caso Luengo Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Jennifer Mitchell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Tadhg Ó'Cróinín Lecturer / Co-Lecturer