Pathogens & Pathogenicity - BIOS6060

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Becky Hall checkmark-circle


Eukaryotic pathogens; mechanisms of pathogenesis; transmission and diversity
Bacterial pathogens: virulence factors including toxins and adhesins.
Viral pathogens: mechanisms of pathogenesis and avoidance mechanisms; viruses and cancer.
Human fungal pathogens: mechanisms of transmission and epidemiology; virulence factors; host resistance mechanisms


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 130
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Written assessment (2000 - 2500 words): 35%:
Exam (2h): 65%

Indicative reading

Mims, CA, The Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases, 6th ed. (Academic Press, 2015)
Fields, BN, Knipe DM, Howley PM, Fundamental Virology, 5th ed. (Lippincott-Raven, 2007)
Wilson BA, Salyers, AA, Whitt, DD, Bacterial Pathogenesis, A Molecular Approach, 3rd ed. (ASM Press, 2011)
Wilson M, The Human Microbiota in Health and Disease: An Ecological and Community-based Approach, 1st ed. (CRC press, 2018)
NB: The rest of the suggested reading will consist of review articles and primary research publications.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the molecular basis of microbial pathogenesis in relation to bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal pathogens.
Comprehend, assimilate and present data and concepts on a pathogenesis-related topic.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to understand, analyse and assess published scientific data.
Assess presented scientific data and concepts, providing constructive feedback.
Demonstrate written communication skills.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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