Learning outcomes of the course unit
Microbiology is a part of the integrated course of Basic Sciences.
The teaching aims to provide the student with essential knowledge and understanding the basics about microorganisms (bacteria, protozoa and fungi) and viruses and supply the ability to use this knowledge and understanding as a mean for a conscious approach to the infectious diseases.
Course contents summary
Introduction to Microbiology. Human microbiota. Overwiev on infectious diseases.
BACTERIOLOGY. General features and pathogenicity of bacteria.
MYCOLOGY. General features and pathogenicity of fungi.
PARASITOLOGY. General features and pathogenicity of protozoa.
VIROLOGY. General features and pathogenicity of viruses.
The microorganism/host relationship: commensalism, symbiosis, parasitism. Microbial flora. Transmission of pathogens.
General bacteriology: the prokaryotic cell: general organization, morphology and physiology; bacterial reproduction; mechanisms of bacterial pathogenicity.
General mycology: general characteristics of fungi; structure of the fungal cell; yeasts and moulds; mechanisms of fungal pathogenicity.
General parasitology: general features of protozoa; life cycle of principal protozoa.
General virology: general characteristics of viruses; morphology, structural and chemical composition of virions; phases of the viral replication process.
Richard A. Harvey, Pamela C. Champe, Bruce D. Fisher. LE BASI DELLA MICROBIOLOGIA (con approfondimenti clinici). Edito da Zanichelli.
Didactic resources will be available on the Elly site, on the course page.
According to the regulation of the Italian Government and the University of Parma about the COVID-19 pandemics, the present course is realized with frontal lessons via mixed in-presence and at-distance modality. In particular, the teacher takes lessons in the classroom with the help of PC (PowerPoint slides); simultaneous connection of the PC to the Teams platform in streaming modality ensures connection with students not present in the classroom (for instructions, see http://selma.unipr.it). Each lesson is registered and loaded in the Elly portal of the course, together with the slides. Lectures will present the main conceptual frame of each subject, summoning questions or doubts from the audience.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written exam, aiming to ascertain the results obtained based on the proposed goals. Alternatively, the student can perform two interim exams.
In particular, interim exams (25 multiple choice questions each) will include both applied biology and microbiology topics and must be completed within the winter exam session. The student who has not carry out or has failed the interim exams will perform the final written exam (60 multiple choice questions).
The student will be evaluated with votes ranging from 0 to 30, with 18 being the lowest vote to positively pass the exam.
In case the COVID-related sanitary emergence continues, the examination will proceed on the Teams platform (see the guidelines at the address: http://selma.unipr.it/).
The teacher is available for further explanations in office or by distance via Teams after e-mail appointment, or via chat on Elly platform.