cod. 10037

Academic year 2021/22
1° year of course - Second semester
- Flora DE CONTO
Academic discipline
Microbiologia e microbiologia clinica (MED/07)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
14 hours
of face-to-face activities
2 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: LABORATORY ANALYSIS APPLIED TO SPORT

Learning objectives

“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 unit content

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.

Full programme

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.


Madigan M.T., Martinko J.M., Stahl D.A., Clark D.P. BROCK. Biologia dei microrganismi 3 – Microbiologia biomedica. PEARSON
Didactic resources will be available on the Elly site, on the course page.

Teaching methods

The arguments regarding the course content will be presented and discussed through lectures. In case the COVID-related sanitary emergence continues, frontal lessons will proceed remotely through the Teams platform (for instructions, see Lessons will be carried out with the aid of informatic material (PowerPoint slides) that, at the end of the course, will be made available to students on the Elly site at the course pages. Lectures will present the main conceptual frame of each subject, summoning questions or doubts from the audience.

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.
In case the COVID-related sanitary emergence continues, the examination will proceed on the Teams platform (see the guidelines at the address:

Other information

The teacher is available for further explanations in office or by distance via Teams after e-mail appointment, or via chat on Elly platform.