Antimicrobial Resistance: A One Health Approach BIOL5334

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has emerged as one of the of the most significant challenges yet to be addressed in the modern era. This course will provide the opportunity to define AMR, examine the molecular mechanisms of AMR, its evolution and spread. The consequences of AMR in human health, animal production and the environment, will be reviewed and specific examples will be detailed and utilised. The One Health pathways that exist between the sciences related to AMR and the world's relationships with antimicrobials will be explored. Examination of the mechanisms, both biological and societal, by which AMR is accelerating and continues poses the most significant threat of the current era will allow the delivery of a broad yet comprehensive One Health course on AMR


Teaching will be delivered over 11 weeks online. The pattern is as follows: 5 weeks teaching followed by 1 week for revision/catch-up, followed by another 5 weeks of teaching.


The timetable is flexible and asynchronous to allow maximum student flexibility. Introductory material, course outline and assessment details will be available before the course commences to allow students to plan their assignments and study around work and other commitments.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Students will complete one written assignment. (50%).

The maximum word count for this assignment will not exceed 3000 words.


Students will complete one presentation (50%).

Course Aims

The overall aim of this course is to provide students with critical understanding of the global societal impact of antimicrobial resistance, the mechanisms of action, how it has arisen and spread and how it can be challenged.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Describe and competently discuss antimicrobial agents, their mechanisms of action and modes of resistance

■ Appraise the evolution and consequences of antimicrobial resistance in the global context of the use of anti-microbial agents

■ Demonstrate in detail the different approaches to combatting microbial infections and AMR in a One Health global context

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.