Molecular focused unit, with emphasis on virulence factors of disease causing microbes. This is a "big picture" course, that uses the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) structure to focus on detail in examples. It is not an applied science approach to identifying or preventing disease, rather understanding the molecular mechanisms behind their pathogenesis and the associated barriers to controlling them. Having studied microbiology at another institution with a completely different focus, I learned a lot from this course and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in microbiology who has the self-direction and discipline to navigate the course independently. (S2, 2020)
This course was very interesting! It covered a lot of content, but it was all really engaging. Each lecture was relatively self contained and focused on a different disease/microbe. The variety of lecturers and content was extremely interesting, and made lectures very fun to attend. The assignments during the semester were very chill, easy to get good marks on, however the final exam was pretty terrible. It involves 8 long response question of 25 marks each and makes up 55% of your final grade. I don't think the method used assesses knowledge, understanding, or ability to apply what was taught particularly well. If you don't take exams well, carefully consider if you want to do this course.
Took this course and I found it interesting. Course content was straight forward, as said on the eCP, and so was the exam. Downside was that the course kept me very busy whilst trying to work on the assignments from other courses too - every three week in PBL session we had to discuss a given topic, do a group presentation on an assigned sub-topic, and write a 500 word summary about the topic presented.