MCRO06014 2020 Infectious Disease

General Details

Full Title
Infectious Disease
Transcript Title
Infectious Disease
N/A %
Subject Area
MCRO - Microbiology
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mary Garvey
Programme Membership
SG_SINFO_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Health and Medical Information Science SG_SINFO_C06 202000 Higher Certificate in Science in Health and Medical Information Science

This module details the infectious agents relating to infectious disease and public health safety. The human immune response will be detailed in terms of eliminating the causative agents in infectious diseases (communicable disease). The importance of studying infectious disease and its causes and effects is highlighted by the cost to humans in terms of morbidity, mortality and economic impacts and the impact on overall health. The transmission of communicable diseases by infectious agents from an infected person, animal or a source in the environment will be studied. Preventative and control measures will be studied. Communicable diseases constitute the leading cause of health problems globally. This module will prepare students to understand the causes and effects and strategies put in place to limit the spread of infection.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand the microbial species associated with communicable disease


Describe the main reservoirs of infectious agents


Describe the characteristics of susceptible hosts and the main risk factors for development of communicable diseases


Investigate the transmission of a disease during an epidemic


Investigate modes of transmission of infectious diseases, including direct contact, indirect contact and vector transmission


Investigate the work of Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur, to explain the causes and transmission of infectious diseases, including

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching will consist of a1 hour lecture weekly.

Online delivery of 2 hour workshop weekly, where students will be directed to complete interactive type activities to enhance their study skills and knowledge.

 independent learning hours 4 hrs/week

Live and recorded lecturers will be used with the opportunity for question and answers on an interactive basis.  

A variety of methods of instruction such as discussion, group work, interactive exercises, use of online resources and/or use of audio/visual material will be provided. Core skills will be embedded into all modules to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed. This may include academic writing, oral presentations, reading techniques or research abilities. Accessible materials will be provided to students, including slides, documents, audio/visual material and textbooks enabling students slow down speed up recordings etc in accordance with universal distance learning.

All module content will be based on the principles of UDL to ensure equitable access to content and learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment consists of a final exam 50% and continuous assessment cumulating to 50%.

Continuous assessment in the form of moodle quizzes based on multiple choice and long answer questions will also be used.  

Final examination must be passed to ensure successful completion of the module.

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including multiple methods of assessment e.g. technology-enhanced assessment, presentations, projects, MCQ and LAQ.

Students will be given feedback and time to implement feedback in additional assessments to allow for improved CA submission.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat examinations will be set, repeat CA where necessary will consist of essay type assignments on current and relevant topics. 

Indicative Syllabus

This module is designed to introduce students to the area of infectious disease and its relationship with health and public health safety. Communicable diseases will be studied with causative pathogens of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic nature outlined. Students will learn the important factors associated with the development of infectious disease and preventative control measures. Firstly students must learn the basics of microbiology in order to understand the mechanisms of infectious disease. Key areas of microbial transmission such as nosocomial, food-borne and waterborne will also be studied highlighting how each route relates to the varying infective species. the deleterious impact of infectious disease on the host in terms of nutrient depletion and immune response will also be outlined. the importance of good nutrition and hygiene will also be outlined.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 MCQ Continuous Assessment Open Book Exam 10 % Week 3 1,2
2 MCQ Continuous Assessment Open Book Exam 10 % Week 5 2,3
3 MCQ Continuous Assessment Open Book Exam 10 % Week 7 4,5
4 LAQ Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 10 % Week 9 5
5 Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 10 % Week 4 5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % Week 13 3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Computer Laboratory Workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2003-06-27 Infectious Diseases Manual Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 063206417X ISBN-13 9780632064175

The Infectious Diseases Manual is a concise and up-to-date guide to infectious diseases, medical microbiology and antibiotic prescribing "I have no hesitation in recommending this book to practitioners of all grades." Journal of Hospital Infection ".....a valuable companion.......should not be missing in any medical library." Infection "...... an excellent and extremely portable reference text..." Journal of Medical Microbiology WHY BUY THIS BOOK? Invaluable source of reference for day-to-day clinical use Integrated information about clinical infectious diseases, microbiology and antibiotic prescribing Clear and systematic layout using a standard format for each section allowing rapid access to key information

Required Reading
2010 Infectious Diseases
ISBN 0323045790 ISBN-13 9780323045797

No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Permissions may be sought directly from Elsevier's Rights Department: phone: (+1) 215 239 3804 (US) or (+44) 1865 843830 (UK); fax: (+44) 1865 853333; e-mail: You may also complete your request on-line via the Elsevier website at --

Required Reading
2018 Essentials of Clinical Infectious Diseases Demos Medical Publishing
ISBN 0826127274 ISBN-13 9780826127273

Preceded by Essentials of clinical infectious diseases / William F. Wright. 2013.

Module Resources

Journal Resources

The Journal of Infectious Disease

The International Journal of Infectious Disease