MSc Medical Microbiology

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Vaccinations, Antimicrobials and Resistance

Course unit fact file
Unit code MEDN68652
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by
Available as a free choice unit? No


In order to achieve the unit aims, a variety of learning and teaching methods will be used and will include lectures, laboratory practical sessions, seminars, eLearning materials and private study.

The unit will include the following topics:

  • Vaccination
  • Antimicrobial discovery (new and past discoveries)
  • Antimicrobials and their modes of action
  • Principles of antimicrobial resistance
  • Antimicrobial susceptibility testing
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Alternatives therapies
  • Principles of infection control


Introduce the students to antimicrobials and their mode of action, mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship; principles of infection control and vaccination principles and policies. In addition students will also develop a practical understanding of antimicrobial sensitivity testing.

Teaching and learning methods


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 40%
Written exam 60%

In-unit assessment

Feedback methods

  • Feedback on assignments will be given in accordance with University guidelines.
  • Informal feedback on a one-one basis in practical sessions.
  • Verbal feedback in seminar/tutorial sessions.
  • Formal feedback at the end of the unit from students.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 15
Practical classes & workshops 24
Seminars 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 107

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Moustafa Alissa Alkhalaf Unit coordinator

Additional notes

These figures are for guidance only and the number of hours may vary. Independent study may include among others: directed learning, group work, preparation for sessions, follow-up work, PBL and completion of assessment tasks.

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