Microbiology and its Application to Practice module (PN50116)

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Module code


This module normally forms part of the postgraduate framework and can also be taken as a stand-alone module.

SCQF Level: 11 (Masters Degree)
SCQF Credits: 30
Total student effort: 300

Available: September

Target Audience

The module is suitable for any healthcare practitioner with a responsibility for infection prevention and control working in any setting.

Delivery Details

This module is delivered fully online utilising a variety of engaging and exciting learning techniques. It is both interactive and supportive, allowing students the opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and experience and to discuss and debate key issues in infection prevention and control. A number of teaching and learning strategies will be utilised within the virtual learning environment.

Module Aim(s)

To enable you to enhance your knowledge and understanding of microbiology and critically evaluate its application to infection prevention and control practice.

Module Overview

On completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • develop a critical understanding of microbiology and the infection process
  • develop a critical understanding of the infection prevention and control practice implications of the characteristics of micro-organisms and the infection process
  • critically evaluate epidemiological, audit and surveillance data to determine appropriate interventions to prevent and control infection
  • recognise and investigate incidents and outbreak
  • engage in evidence-based practice, using critical thinking to enhance personal and professional development

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy allows students to address issues applicable to their own setting, and consists of two parts

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

Prior to undertaking this module, students must be:

  • educated to degree level or equivalent
  • have access to a computer and internet 
  • have a responsibility for infection prevention and control in their current role

Module contact

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