Learning outcomes of the course unit
“Microbiology and Applied Laboratory Medicine” course is part of the integrated course “Laboratory Analysis applied to Sport”.
The course aims to provide the student with essential knowledge about the main features of microorganisms and viruses etiologic agents of infectious diseases, and the principles of laboratory diagnosis.
Furthermore, it will supply the ability of using the acquired knowledge and understanding as useful tools for a conscious approach to the infectious diseases.
Basic notions of Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology and general Microbiology.
Course contents summary
Besides proper recalls on general characters of microorganisms and viruses causative agents of infectious diseases, lectures will concern host defenses against infections and principles and methods of laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases.
The resident microbiota in humans. Host-parasite interactions. Host defenses against infectious agents. Innate immunity; Adaptive immunity. General information on infectious diseases. etiologic agents of infectious diseases: bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses. Transmission routes of infectious agents and their pathogenicity.
Laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases, principles and methods. Biological samples for the laboratory diagnosis of viral and microbial infections: sample collection, transport and storage. Microscopic examination, culture, antigen detection, nuclei acid amplification tests. Antibody detection.
Harvey R.A., Champe P.C., Fisher B.D. Le basi della microbiologia Con approfondimenti clinici. Zanichelli
Madigan M.T., Martinko J.M., Stahl D.A., Clark D.P. BROCK. Biologia dei microrganismi 3 – Microbiologia biomedica. PEARSON
Lectures accompanied by visual aids will be used to convey critical information on the topics relating to the course content.
Assessment methods and criteria
Learning outcomes will be verified through an oral examination.
Questions on the topics relating to the course content will be used to test the student’s knowledge and understanding in the field, in order to test his/her ability of applying the acquired knowledge to a conscious approach to the infectious diseases.
The examination results will contribute to the final evaluation of the integrated course.