Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance BIOL5327

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Biodiversity Animal Health Comp Med
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course addresses epidemiological aspects of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including drivers, surveillance approaches, practical methods to conduct an epidemiological study in this context, and AMR mitigation strategies.


Teaching will comprise of a two week block in semester two.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





One written assignments (~1,500 words) (70%) and an oral presentation (30%).

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to:

1. Provide a foundation of knowledge on the processes driving antimicrobial resistance emergence, persistence, transmission and spread at local, national, regional and global levels.

2. Familiarise the students with approaches available to detect and measure antimicrobial resistance in human and animal populations, and the environment.

3. Provide the students with the knowledge and skills to appropriately design an epidemiological study focusing on anti-microbial resistance.

4. Equip the students with an understanding of appropriate interventions for preventing or reducing antimicrobial resistance threats in human and animal population

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


Knowledge and Understanding - Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:


■ Critically identify and explain with reference to the primary literature epidemiological processes relevant to infectious diseases, with a focus on antimicrobial resistance in a global context.

■ Critically discuss with reference to the primary literature best practices in detection, measurement and analyses relating to antimicrobial resistance.

■ Discuss in-depth relevant methods, and critically evaluate choice of methods appropriate to a given epidemiological investigation, set in the context of up-to-date primary literature in the field of antimicrobial resistance.

■ Assimilate and evaluate mechanisms for the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions for the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance in a range of populations.

Skills and Other Attributes - Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:


■ Critically research and synthesise scientific literature in order to recognise knowledge gaps and research priorities.

■ Formulate research hypotheses or questions and evaluate study design options to address them.

■ Discuss critically the value of interdisciplinary approaches to scientific learning, planning and execution.

■ Reading and critical evaluation of scientific and non-scientific literature.

■ Ability to articulate and communicate clearly and concisely the study subject both orally and in written form.

■ Discuss the issues, opportunities and limitations of different types of study design methods and data.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.