BMOL30020 Molecular basis of disease

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module will identify the main biochemical causes of disease and, in so doing, aims to provide the student with an understanding of an initial rationale for the treatment of the particular disease in question. Amongst the topics to be discussed will be retrovirus-mediated disease (Aquired immunodeficiency syndrome; AIDs), the microbiome and bacterial-mediated diseases (e.g TB, MRSA), Neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
• Explain the main biochemical causes of disease,
• Through specific examples, explain the molecular basis of bacterial- and viral-mediated disease.
• Describe our current knowledge of various Neurodegenerative diseases and of the more prevalent diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
• Having completed the course, the student should be able to explain the approaches that can be exploited for the treatment of that disease.

Indicative Module Content:

The main modes of indicative learning on this module will be:
Lectures;
A laboratory component involving 4 lab practicals and submission of written reports;
Reflective Learning;
Practical Problem Solving;
Suggested Reading.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

24

Laboratories

15

Specified Learning Activities

8

Autonomous Student Learning

66

Total

113

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The main learning approaches on this module will be:

Lectures;
A laboratory component involving 4 lab practicals and submission of written reports;
Reflective Learning;
Practical Problem Solving;
Suggested Reading. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

It is recommended that students taking this module will have successfully completed BMOL20090, or other modules with equivalent learning outcomes.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.  
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Practical write-ups/reports/MCQ Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

30

Examination: Written exam, duration 2 hr 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

70


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

In the event that a student has a query in respect of their performance in the module assessment, he/she should contact the MC who, in turn, will provide a written comment or meet the student in person at an agreed time and date.

Name Role
Dr Derek Costello Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Jennifer Mitchell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Mary O'Brien Tutor
Dr Joan Simon Tutor
Dr Heather Wood Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 33 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 30 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 22, 24, 26, 30, 32 Tues 10:00 - 12:50
Laboratory Offering 2 Week(s) - 22, 24, 26, 30, 32 Fri 10:00 - 12:50
Spring