Genetic and Genomic Aspects of Antimicrobial Resistance VETSCI5024

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course will provide the students with fundamental knowledge about the genetic and genomic mechanisms underlying the acquisition, evolution and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in pathogens of human and veterinary importance.


This course is made up of lectures, tutorials and practical classes that take place in semester 2. 

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1. One written assignment, 1500 words on genomic data analysis (45%) (ILO 1)

2. One report from lab practicals (45%) (ILO 2)

3. Participation in journal club discussions (10%) (ILO 3)

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the mechanisms of acquisition, evolution and spread of molecular determinants of AMR in pathogens relevant to human and animal health. Students will gain relevant practical skills and research independently to critically comprehend and evaluate some specific molecular mechanisms of AMR.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Comprehend and utilise selected methods and tools to discuss and critically assess the use of genotypic and phenotypic approaches for AMR detection.

2. Use relevant software tools for molecular and genomic data analysis to critically examine, analyse and summarise a chosen aspect of molecular mechanisms or genomic features of AMR.

3. Critically read and evaluate scientific literature so they can critically discuss, appraise and communicate information on molecular aspects of AMR.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.