Students have to know the general characteristics and pathogenic factors of bacteria and mycetes. In addition, they must be able to apply this knowledge in the workplace.
Basic knowledge of biology, biochemistry and physiology are suitable to understand the course topics successfully.
Course unit content
Main morphological and structural characteristics and life cycle of bacteria and mycetes (yeasts and molds).
Cultivation of bacteria and mycetes.
Resident microbial population.
Pathogenicity of microorganisms.
Antibacterial and antifungal drugs.
Structural and functional characteristics of the prokaryotic cell. Comparison of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Sporogenesis and germination. Microscopic examination: simple and differential staining. Metabolism and cultivation: media and curve of growth. Quantitation methods. Bacterial genetics. Host-bacterium interactions. Resident bacterial population. Mechanisms of pathogenicity. Antibacterial drugs. Mechanisms of resistance to antibacterial drugs. Antibacterial drug susceptibility testing.
General characteristics of fungi. Structure of the fungal cell and of the fungal colony. Yeasts and moulds. Reproduction of fungi. Notes on mechanisms of fungal pathogenicity. Fungal dimorphism. Cultivation of fungi. Antifungal drugs.
M. Bendinelli, C. Chezzi, G. Dettori, N. Manca, G. Morace, L. Polonelli, M.A.T u f a n o.
Microbiologia Medica. Batteriologia. Micologia. Monduzzi Editore
Lectures supported by visual aids will be used to present and discuss the contents of the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
The outcomes of learning will be verified through an oral examination.
By questions regarding the topics of the course it will be determined whether the student has achieved the goal of basic knowledge in the field, in order to access the following years of the bachelor course in TLB.