84351 - Microbiology

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 9210)

Learning outcomes

Explain relationships and apply appropriate terminology relating to the structure, metabolism, genetics, and ecology of prokaryotic microorganisms, eukaryotic microorganisms, and viruses.

Course contents

    1. Characteristics of bacteria of medical importance
    2. Characteristics of viruses of medical importance
    3. Pathogenesis of infections and host defense
    4. Vaccines, antibacterial drugs, antiviral drugs
    5. Microbiological diagnosis
    6. Gram-positive and Gram-negative cocci (staphylococci, streptococci, neisserieaeceae)
    7. Gram-positive rods (clostridia, Bacillus anthracis, Corynebacterium diphteriae, Listeria monocytogenes)
    8. Gram-negative rods belonging to Enterobacteriaceae, Vibrio cholerae, Campylobacter jejuni, Helicobacter pylori,
    9. Other Gram-negative rods (Bordetella pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae, Legionella pneumophila), mycobacteria
    10. Spirochetaes
    11. Chlamydiaceae, Mycoplasmataceae, Rickettsiaceae
    12. DNA viruses: Herpesviridae, Papillomaviridae, Adenoviridae, Parvovirus B19
    13. RNA viruses -1; hepatitis viruses
    14. RNA viruses -2; retroviruses
    15. RNA viruses -3; arboviruses
    16. RNA viruses -4; respiratory viruses
    17. RNA viruses-5; SARS CoV2 including vaccines and antiviral drugs
    18. RNA viruses-6 viruses causing encephalitis, enterovirus and viruses causing gastroenteritis
    19. Characteristics of protozoa of medical importance. Enteric protozoa. Other foodborne protozoa. Protozoa transmitted by sexual route
    20. Vector-borne protozoa: Leishmania, Plasmodia, Trypanosoma cruzi
    21. Characteristics of helminths of medical importance. Soil-transmitted helminths, other foodborne infection caused by helminths
    22. Tropical helminths: schistosomiasis
    23. Characteristics of fungi of medical importance
    24. Medical micology


Patrick Murray, Ken S. Rosenthal, and Michael A. Pfaller. Medical Microbiology, 9th Edition, April 2020. Paperback ISBN: 9780323673228 , Imprint: Elsevier , Published Date: 10th March 2020. Available at Biblioteca Biomedica

Teaching methods

In presence/on distance lectures

Assessment methods

The examination will evaluate whether the student has mastered the above listed skills and has reached the teaching objectives.

The final exam consists of a questionnaire with multiple choice questions.

The test, for a total of 40 questions, must be completed within 60 minutes of time (may be prolonged in case of online exams). The questions will be on topics related to the course. For each question, the student will have to specify only one answer considered correct

 The final mark, out of thirty, is given by the number of correct answers (correct answer = 0.8 point, incorrect answer =0 point)

Teaching tools

Lectures will be supported by Power Point slides. Slides will be  available online at the beginning of each lecture.

The teaching material is available at https://virtuale.unibo.it/ by using student's username and password

Office hours

See the website of Stefania Varani


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.