General Microbiology

In this course students will be introduced to the diversity of microorganisms, including bacteria, protozoa, helminths, fungi, viruses and prions. They will get an overview of the structure, genetics, classification, metabolism, life cycle, identification, isolation & cultivation methods of the major groups of microorganisms focusing on those pathogenic for humans. In addition, the approaches for prevention and control of infectious diseases will be addressed. Using a diversity of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, laboratory practical sessions and simulation, student will be equipped with the basic principles of microbiology. It is expected that students will be able to critically evaluate knowledge about the nature of microbes of medical importance and how these characteristics relate to their pathogenic potential and onset of infectious diseases. In addition, students will be able to develop an attitude of teamwork and self-directed learning through their engagement with the teaching methodologies in the course.