Learning outcomes of the course unit
The objective of the course is the knowledge of the main characteristics of microorganisms and viruses, of their role in natural systems and in relation to the host, as well as of their pathogenic role. At the end of the course the students should have acquired the basic concepts of Bacteriology and Virology.
Course contents summary
The prokaryotic cell: general organization, morphology and physiology. Genetics of microorganisms. Metabolism, reproduction and cultivation of microorganisms. The microorganism/host relationship: commensalism, symbiosis, parasitism. Microbial flora. Pathogenicity and virulence. Transmission of pathogens.
Definitions. General characteristics of viruses. Chemical composition of virions. Phases of the viral replication process. Cultivation of viruses.
Bendinelli M., Chezzi C., Fumarola D., Pitzurra M.