VET40090 Current Concepts in Infection Biology A

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is designed to provide research students in the first year of their PhD with an overview of the latest advances in infection biology, both through research seminars and critical evaluation of the scientific literature. Students will learn how research is presented in the scientific literature, and also how to critically assess scientific methodologies and hence develop their critical thinking skills. Students will also have to present their own research work and defend their work before their peers. The module will therefore develop critical thinking and communication skills. Each student must present at least 1 journal club and 1 research seminar of their own work per year.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students will:-Have a broad knowledge of research developments in basic pathogen biology, interaction with the host, and control of human and animal disease -Be able to critically evaluate work described in research papers-Be able to hypothesise on the impact of current developments on their own research area-Be proficient in presenting to their peers-Be able to synthesis key concepts in Infection Biology and critically evaluate their own research in the light of current thinking.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will develop their critical analysis skills and be challenged to critique research papers they are presenting. They will become proficient at communicating research concepts, and become adept at defending their own research work to their peers and PIs. Students will also develop skills in organising and chairing research seminars. Each student must present at least 1 journal club, 1 seminar, and chair 1 session per year
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Presentations, critical reading assessments and participation in discussions. Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback individually to students, post-assessment - Group/class feedback, post-assessment Feedback will be provided to each student after they have presented their journal club and research presentation. Overall feedback to the class will be given on the quality of questions asked of each paper and research presentation. Feedback on how to present, to review manuscripts, and to ask good questions will be provided throughout the module.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
2 Trimester (Sep-May)
Lecture Offering 50 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 33 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 50 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
2 Trimester (Sep-May)