module specification

BC5002 - Infection Science (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Infection Science
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
4 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
216 hours Guided independent study
80 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Journal review (1500 words)
Unseen Examination 20%   Case Study exam (1 hr)
In-Course Test 20%   Online quizzes
Unseen Examination 20%   Final Exam
Attendance Requirement 0%   Practical Attendance
Running in 2021/22

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module is a level 5 core module for the Biomedical Science degree. The module develops an understanding of infection science from a systems and laboratory diagnostic perspective. Students will develop their knowledge of the different types of microorganisms and how they cause disease. The module will also give students knowledge of the immune system in health and disease. Through case studies in tutorials students will develop vocationally relevant critical reasoning and problem solving skills. Through laboratory practical exercises students will develop practical laboratory skills. Development of vocational reasoning and practical skills will enhance employability.
The module aims to give students an understanding of the different types of microorganisms and the diseases they cause using a systems approach.
To show an understanding of pathogenicity and the virulence mechanisms of major groups of microorganisms. Introduction to the use of laboratory investigations to corroborate clinical diagnosis and treatment of microbial diseases.
To study the mechanisms of the mammalian immune system in defence against disease and the consequences of inappropriate responses of the immune system.
Teaching and learning will be delivered via lectures, tutorials and practicals.
Lectures will give the required information.
Tutorials designed to reinforce the lecture material. Seen tutorials should be attempted beforehand. Tutorials will include case studies to develop vocational critical reasoning skills.
Practicals will build on the information from lectures to reinforce learning. Practicals also designed to develop student’s practical laboratory skills to enhance employability.


The module will give an overview of the biology of infectious diseases for bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. LO1
There will be an overview of the immune system in health and disease to complement level 4. This will cover the innate and adaptive immune system and show how microorganisms have evolved mechanisms to evade the immune system and cause disease. LO2, LO3
Infectious diseases by bodily systems will be covered with emphasis on laboratory diagnosis and treatment. Strategies for disease treatment and control will be taught with emphasis on prevention. LO2, LO4, LO5
The common themes of health and safety and quality control in the microbiology laboratory will be emphasised throughout the module.
Practical classes will reinforce the lecture materials and allow students to develop laboratory skills. LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Independent study is 71% while scheduled teaching is 29% so roughly 2/3 to 1/3.
A combination of lectures, tutorials, practicals, online quizzes, case studies and journal article review give a variety of learning methods for blended learning.
Practicals and journal article analysis give opportunities for critical reflection and PDP completion to include practical methods.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Categorize infectious diseases by type of organism (bacteria, virus, fungi, protozoa, parasites) and by bodily systems.
2. Describe and discuss the aetiology and laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases including the importance of Quality and health and safety in the diagnostic microbiology
3. Describe and explain the immune system and microbial evasion of the immune system.
4. Compare and contrast the need for different strategies for the control of infectious diseases including, vaccination, antibiotics,  the need for safe food and water supplies and strategies to ensure this. Learning outcomes are linked to the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) standards and requirements, to allow progression to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration portfolio.
5. Categorise the treatment of infectious diseases and discuss the problem of antibiotic resistance.

Assessment strategy

Assessment is designed to promote deep learning using both formative and summative exercises.
Weekly formative online quizzes to allow access to lecture materials will promote engagement.
To pass the module, students need to achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 40%.  There will be an attendance requirement for the practical sessions. If the module is passed on reassessment, then the maximum mark awarded will be 40%.
Coursework: Seen essay.
Final Exam:  Comprising MCQ’s, short answer questions.

Item                                                     Mark Learning      Outcomes
Journal article critical analysis      40%                         1, 2, 3
Case study (1 hr)                              20%                         1,2,5
Written Exam (1.5 hours)                20%                         1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Quizzes                                               20%                         1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Journal review article demonstrates analysis and knowledge of microorganisms and their significance. Case study demonstrates application of knowledge and interpretation of real life scenarios which is employability focused. Online quizzes for each topic promote ongoing engagement with the material and demonstrates topic specific knowledge promoting deep learning. Final exam allows students to demonstrate full knowledge of Infection science and gives them a choice of essay to demonstrate deep learning. Practical classes whilst not part of the overall marks are vital in developing student’s technical skills. This allows them to relate theory to practice and is employability focused as well as satisfying IBMS and HCPC standards requirements. Tutorials promote group discussion and learning and are designed to consolidate the learning from the lecture material.


Strelkauskas, A. Strelkauskas J. and Moszyk Strelkauskas, D. ‘Microbiology a clinical approach.’Second Edition Garland Science 2015 Core
Ford, M. (2014). ‘Medical Microbiology.’ Oxford University Press. Fundamentals of Biomedical Science series. 2nd Ed.
Glencross, H. Ahmed, N. and Wang, Q. (2016). Biomedical Science Practice. OUP. Fundamentals of Biomedical Science series.
Hall, A. and Yates, C. (2016). ‘Immunology.’ Oxford University Press. Fundamentals of Biomedical Science series.
Delves, PJ., Martin, SJ., Burton, DR., and Roitt, IM. (2011) Roitt’s Essential Immunology, 12th Edn,. Wiley.