52133 Medical Microbiology (1) (Bacteriology)

Course Description

This course provides detailed information about bacteriology, collection and transportation of patient specimen. Cultural characteristics, media, bacterial growth requirements, growth curves, classification, taxonomy, host and parasite relationship, normal flora, immunity, pathogenicity, antimicrobial agents, resistance, drug susceptibility testing and disinfection procedures, common staining procedures, morphological features, microscopy, cultivation, isolation, staining metabolic biochemical, serological and DNA identification methods.

Learning Objective

  • At the end of this course the student is expected to:
  • 1. Introduce the knowledge of the taxonomy of microorganisms, microbial morphology with the main focus being the characterization,
  • 2. Define bacteria and describe the three basic shapes of bacteria
  • 3. List some of the major structures found in bacterial cell
  • 4. Define media and discuss at least six types of media and describe how to prepare and sterilize it
  • 5. Discuss bacterial growth and identify the major requirements of bacterial growth
  • 6. Be able to describe staining methods and their principles
  • 7. Be able to demonstrate an increased understanding of genetics including mutation and transfer of DNA between bacterial cells
  • 8. Identify the major factors determining pathogenicity and resistance of bacteria
  • 9. Provide a detailed explanation of ways in which the human body protects itself from disease
  • 10. Identify the general characteristics and action of antibiotics and other chemotherapeutic agents
  • 11. Provide explanation of what vaccines are and how they relate to the immune system



Books for this Course

  • Review of Medical Micorbiology and Immunology by Warren Levinson

Times Offered

  • September 2015
  • January 2016

Course Prerequisite