Microbiology and its Application to Practice module (NB30052)

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Module code


Module code: NB30052
SCQF Level: 9 (Bachelors Degree)
SCQF Credits: 30 (15 ECTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours

Target Audience

The module is suitable for practitioners who have a responsibility for infection prevention in all countries and settings as the focus is on principles and the evidence-base. The introduction to applied microbiology will allow the student to begin to explore and demonstrate the impact of pathogenic micro-organisms in practice. This will then give them an understanding of the application of infection prevention and control interventions.

Delivery Details

The module will be delivered through online distance learning. Students will access all study materials and discussion boards through My Dundee and whilst the module is running, tutor support is given on an as-required basis through email, discussion boards, telephone or other interactive methods. 

Module Aim

To enable students to critically explore the scientific knowledge and strategies that inform the development of best practice within the prevention and control of infection

Module Overview

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of applied microbiology, host defence mechanisms and the function of the laboratory in IPC
  2. Use epidemiological, audit and surveillance data to determine appropriate interventions to prevent and control infection
  3. Recognise and investigate incidents and outbreaks
  4. Implement effective, evidence-based practices such as standard and transmission based precautions
  5. Discuss the aetiology of preventable healthcare-associated infections
  6. Explore mechanisms to promote antimicrobial stewardship and manage antibiotic resistant organisms
  7. Engage in critical reflection to enhance personal and professional development

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy allows students to address issues in their setting, and consists of:

  • Part 1: Online assessment (20%) - Multiple choice questions
  • Part 2: Essay (3000 words, 80%) - Critical, fully referenced reflective account on an area of practice, with recommendations for improvement

Module Requirements

Students must have a responsibility for infection prevention and control and access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband).

Module contact

For further information, please contact the School of Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534
Email: nursing-health-postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk