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School of Medicine
Course unit
FAO2043641, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
FA0243, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLA BRUN MED/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses MED/07 Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Prerequisites: The APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY WITH ELEMENTS OF IMMUNOLOGY teaching course requires as essential prerequisites the knowledge of Animal Biology, Human Anatomy, Physiology, Physic, Biochemistry, and General and Inorganic Chemistry.
Several knowledge concerning Animal Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology will be mainly helpful for the students. For examples: the structure of the eukaryotic cell and the intracellular organelles functions, the nuclear organization of the genome, the transcription and transduction of nucleic acids, the interaction among different cells to build up tissues and organs, the lymphoid tissue, and the regenerative processes. Furthermore, the knowledge of Physic and General and Inorganic Chemistry will be helpful in the study of tools usually employed in the Microbiological laboratories as microscopes and diffractometers whereas the REDOX reactions will be useful in the understanding of the mechanisms of several disinfectant and sterilizing agents. Finally, the knowledge of protein-receptor interaction from the Biochemistry will be helpful during the study of inflammatory reaction, pathogen recognition and subsequent immune responses activation.
Target skills and knowledge: • Structure and function of microorganisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoans
• Mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis
• Quntitative analysis of microbes
• Control of microbial growth and replication
• The antigen and the apten
• Innate and adaptive immune system
• Vaccination
Examination methods: Written test at the end of the course with five open questions.
Assessment criteria: The open questions proposed during the final test will allow to evaluate several skills and knowledge of the students about the different issues explained during the teaching course. Thus, the evaluation of the open questions will consider not only the main concepts but also the skill of the student in logically connect the different concepts in Microbiology and Immunology acquired during the teaching course. The adequacy of answers, the linguistic coherence and cohesion, and the employment of technical appropriate words as well as the summarizing ability will be particularly well considered.
Course unit contents: - Basic knowledge on structure, growth and replication of bacteria, protozoa, fungus and virus;
- Basic knowledge on microbes' genectics and mechanisms responsible to develop drug resistance;
- Basic knowledge on antibacterial and antiviral drugs as well as on the onset of resistance;
- Basic knowledge of host-microbe interactions, of natural and acquired defence mechanisms; of pathogenetic mechanisms of microbial-induced diseases;
- Basic knowledge on the different kind of vaccines (active versus passive immunization);
- Basic knowledge on the disinfection and sterilization procedures and on microbiological requirements for the production of drugs (such as sterility tests and endotoxin quantifications);
- Basic knowledge to understand Microbiological assays required by Pharmacopea.
- Basic knowledge of common infectious diseases.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The teaching course will take place as lecture-style classes. The students will take advantage of slides reporting the main point of the class which will be further developed with additional oral information. Appropriate clips will be useful to focus the study of the students on particular important issues. Furthermore, the topics will be firstly proposed by a general point of view and secondly deepened using specific example about microorganisms and diseases of human relevance or particularly important at the present time. Particular applications of Microbiology (such as in factory and genetic) will be studied using specific examples concerning today news.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides will be available on line at "MOODLE Dipartimento di Scienze del Farmaco"
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Brock - Madigan - Martinko, Brock - Biologia dei microrganismi. --: Pearson Education Italia, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Kenneth J. Ryan, C. George Ray, Sherris microbiologia medica. --: EMSI, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo