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BL4211   Antimicrobials - Mode of Action and Resistance

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module will commence by establishing the fundamental basis of antimicrobial efficacy in terms of selective toxicity, with a brief history of antimicrobials and factors that make the ideal antimicrobial. This will be followed by study of the known inhibitory action of antibacterial and antifungal drugs at the molecular level, and study of the molecular basis of microbial resistance to these drugs. Lastly, potential new sources of antimicrobials will be considered, particularly antimicrobial peptides and 'natural' antimicrobials.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL3311

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 x 1-hour seminars ( x 9 weeks).

Scheduled learning hours: 18

Guided independent study hours: 132

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 1-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 20%
Coursework: 30%

Re-assessment: 1-hour Written Examination = 50%, Existing Coursework = 50%


Module teaching staff: Dr P Coote