Microbiology BSc/MSci

Medical Microbiology 3A BIOL4092

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Infection and Immunity
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course describes the process of infection by the major human pathogens - viruses, fungi, bacteria, protozoans and helminths; the molecular mechanisms utilised by these organisms to aid their survival; and how these organisms are able to invade and interact with various host tissues.


Normally, 6 hours of lectures per week (usually Mon/Tue/Wed), laboratory work (usually Thu all day and Fri mornings), field course (3 days in week 3), tutorials as organised. 

Excluded Courses

BIOL3010 Infection Biology 3A


The course will be assessed by a 3-hour examination (worth 70%) and in-course assessment (worth 30%).


The in-course assessment comprises 5 assessments accumulating a total of 30%: 1 tutorial essay (5%), an open book class test on the Molecular Methods course block (5%), 2 lab reports (7.5% each) and a class test of SAQs (5%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.


Reassessment is not available for class tests (Molecular Methods course block and SAQs).

Course Aims

To provide students with a broad-based knowledge and understanding of Medical Microbiology which is appropriate for further study at the final year Honours level, or for employment as a BSc Designated degree graduate in a wide range of employment.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Describe and explain key features of microorganisms that contribute to disease pathogenesis;

■ Explain cellular mechanisms employed by microbes for interacting with the host;

■ Demonstrate broad-based knowledge in the field of molecular biology;

■ Apply microbiological laboratory techniques to investigate relevant problems;

■ Identify and critically analyse scientific data and draw valid conclusions from them;

■ Demonstrate the use of computer search engines and databases to locate original scientific literature and data for interpretation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

The minimum requirement for the award of credits is the completion of at least 75% by weight of the summative assessment for the course.