Course unit partition: Cognomi A-O

Academic year 2021/22
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Microbiologia agraria (AGR/16)
Ambito aggregato per crediti di sede
Type of training activity
110 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
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course unit

Course unit partition: Microbiology

Learning objectives

This part of the General Microbiology course aims to enable the student to
autonomously carried out microbiological analysis, ranging from the estimation of cellular concentration, to the evaluation of different growth behaviors in diverse conditions.
In particular, the student must be able to understand the meaning of a
direct and indirect microbiological analysis and express the result in the
correct way.
The expected learning outcomes are: 1) Knowledge of the methods to be applied for both
qualitative and quantitative microbiological analysis. 2)
Application skills: apply methodologies and techniques for the
microbiological analysis in order to evaluate the presence and the quantity of microorganisms in different matrices 3) Autonomy of judgment: to evaluate the results obtained in the microbiological experiments 4) Communication skills: communication of the results obtained in a proper way 5) Ability to learn:
Ability to critically consult databases and websites relating to microbial methods and procedures.


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Course unit content

The course completes the contents of general Microbiology to understand the basis of a microbiological analysis. 1 CFU of exercise includes 15 hours
of lessons divided between classroom and laboratory exercises to learn the foundamentals of microbiological techniques. La boratory exercises will focus on: i)microscopy ii)explanation and meaning of
the microbiological counting techniques iii) isolation tecniques iv) microbial growth curve

Full programme

Fundamentals of microbiological analysis
Pure culture: fundamentals and methods
Decimal dilutions
Plate count
Microbial growth curve
Expression of the result of a microbiological analysis


Ann Elizabeth Vaughan Pietro Buzzini Francesca Clementi. Laboratorio
didattico di microbiologia (2008) Casa Editrice Ambrosiana. Distribuzione
esclusiva Zanichelli. ISBN: 9788808183224

Teaching methods

The teaching will be carried out through lectures /
exercises in the classroom and in the laboratory;
the lessons will be held with the help of slides that will represent didactic
material, in addition to the recommended texts. The slides will be
available online at the platform Elly, in pdf format
and some videos useful for viewing the operational sequences of the procedures applied, will be upload on the platform. During the lessons, the appropriate use of technical
language will be reiterated, and the links between the various parts of
the course will be emphasized.
The frequency to the laboratory experiences is mandatory, except in particular cases that will be evaluated by the professor. the professor will inform the students about the maximum number of absences. The presence to the laboratory experiences will be verified through methods decided by the professor and will be communcated to the students at the beginning of the lessons.
The content of the practical lessons, held in the classroom, will be an
integral part of the final evaluation.

Assessment methods and criteria

The content of this part of the teaching is an integral part of the learning
In particular, 5 of the 31 questions included in the written test relate to
this part of the teaching.
Each correct answer is worth 1 point.

Other information

In the event of a serious health emergency, the methods of teaching and verifying learning may be subject to changes which will be promptly communicated on Elly and / or on the course website.