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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
BIOTECHNOLOGIES FOR FOOD SCIENCE
Course unit
EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY APPLIED TO FOOD-BORNE ZOONOSES
MVN1031328, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
BIOTECHNOLOGIES FOR FOOD SCIENCE
IF0362, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track BIOTECNOLOGIE PER L'ALIMENTAZIONE [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY APPLIED TO FOOD-BORNE ZOONOSES
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/course/view.php?idnumber=2018-IF0362-001LE-2018-MVN1031328-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch LEGNARO (PD)
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge ALESSANDRA PICCIRILLO VET/05
Other lecturers ANTONIO FRANGIPANE DI REGALBONO VET/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/19 General Microbiology 6.0
Core courses VET/05 Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals 1.0
Core courses VET/06 Parasitology and Parasitic Animal Diseases 3.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Laboratory 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 PICCIRILLO ALESSANDRA (Presidente)
FRANGIPANE DI REGALBONO ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)
CASSINI RUDI (Supplente)
MARTINI MARCO (Supplente)
6 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 MARTINI MARCO (Presidente)
PICCIRILLO ALESSANDRA (Membro Effettivo)
CASSINI RUDI (Supplente)
FRANGIPANE DI REGALBONO ANTONIO (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Students should have good theoretical knowledge and practical laboratory skills of microbiology and parasitology, especially related to food-borne zoonotic agents.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will be able to correctly recognize and appropriately describe the epidemiology of the main food-borne infectious and parasitic diseases affecting animal populations, and to critically apply biotechnologies to their diagnosis and surveillance.
Examination methods: Students will be evaluated at the end of the course through a written test, including multiple choice and open questions, on the course theoretical part and a written multiple choice test on the course practical part.
The final grade will be expressed as weighted average between the two parts of the exam.
Assessment criteria: The knowledge of general features of the main food-borne zoonoses and related biotechnologies, as well as the ability of critically interpret the results of the laboratory procedures will be evaluated.
Course unit contents: Theoretical part:
- Definition and classification of zoonoses and their socio-economic significance;
- Host-agent-environment interactions as determinants of food-borne zoonoses;
- Epidemiology (ecology, distribution and dissemination of zoonotic agents; epidemiological and source attribution studies) and diagnosis (detection and characterization of zoonotic agents by traditional and molecular techniques) of food-borne zoonoses in animal populations;
- Surveillance (surveillance and notification systems) and control (prevention, risk analysis) of food-borne zoonoses in animal populations;
- Infectious food-borne zoonoses: campylobacteriosis, salmonellosis, yersiniosis, Escherichia coli infections, listeriosis, brucellosis, tuberculosis, transmissible spongiform encephalopathy and antimicrobial resistance;
- Parasitic food-borne zoonoses: toxoplasmosis, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, teniasis-cysticercosis, cystic and alveolar echinococcosis, trichinosis, anisakiosis, diphyllobothriasis, opisthorchiasis.

Practical part:
- Use of traditional and molecular techniques for the detection and characterization of bacterial (i.e. Campylobacter spp. and Salmonella spp.) and parasitic agents of food-borne zoonoses.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The Course includes:
- a theoretical part on the program topics through classroom discussions and, eventually, seminars with experts and guided visits to external laboratories;
- a practical part on microbiological and molecular diagnosis of the main food-borne zoonoses.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the teaching material will be provided on Moodle. It is also suggested to consult the following web sites:
- http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/topics/topic/foodborne
zoonoticdiseases.htm
- https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/topics/topic/antimicrobial-resistance
- http://www.oie.int/en/international-standard-setting/overview/
- http://www.oie.int/publications-and-documentation/scientific-and-technical-review-free-access/list-of-issues/
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Denis O. Krause, Stephen Hendrick, Zoonotic pathogens in the food chain. --: Denis O. Krause, Stephen Hendrick, 2011. ISBN-13: 9781845936815
  • Chen CY, Yan X, Jackson CR, Foodborne infections and intoxications.. --: Academic Press-Elsevier, 2011. ISBN: 9780124160415
  • Singh OM, Foodborne pathogens and antibiotic resistance.. --: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. ISBN: 9781119139157 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Taylor MA, Coop RL, Wall RL, Parassitologia e Malattie Parassitarie degli Animali. Roma: EMSI, 2010. Edizione italiana a cura di Garippa G, Manfredi MT, Otranto D.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kahoot!

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