Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Dena Lyras


The unit will introduce the student to the methods and approaches used to analyse pathogenic mechanisms of bacterial infections. The emphasis is on genetic approaches to studying pathogenesis, processes in pathogenesis, bacterial exotoxins and endotoxins. The details of these processes for selected bacterial infections will be studied by discussion of the most recent scientific research literature in this area.


On completion of this unit students will have gained a theoretical understanding of: genetic approaches used in the study of pathogenesis, processes in pathogenesis; adhesion, cell invasion, replication etc, bacterial endotoxins, bacterial exotoxins, current literature on pathogenic mechanisms in selected bacterial infections. Students will have acquired skills in: searching of the scientific literature, critical analysis of research papers, cooperative small group writing, planning, editing , writing and assembly of a scientific book.


Written theory examination (2 hour): 50%
Submission of co-operative collection of essays (each essay up to 4000 words): 50%
There is no practical class associated with this unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Dena Lyras

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and 2 hours of tutorial/discussion/research colloquium session per week


BMS2052 or MIC2022