76209 - Clinical 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 interactions between opportunistic and pathogenic microorganisms and susceptible hosts in contacts that result in infection and/or disease and apply these interactions to disease symptoms. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of clinical laboratory skills and techniques related to the isolation, staining, identification, assessment of metabolism, and control of microorganisms. Interpret and draw appropriate conclusions from laboratory results. Analyze and distinguish therapeutic treatments for microbial infections, and distinguish when a vaccine, antibiotic, or other therapy is likely to be the most appropriate response. Specify the role of ecology and evolution in the spread of infectious diseases, comparing the role of transmission, population size and susceptibility, and virulence in endemic disease, epidemic disease, emerging diseases, and bioterrorism.

Course contents

  • Laboratory diagnosis of infectious disease: methods and clinical interpretation of the microbiological data
  • Microbiology of upper and lower respiratory tract infections and infections in the immunocompromised host.
  • Microbiology of the gastro-enteric tract and intra abdominal infections
  • Microbiology of the urinary tract infections
  • Pyogenic, fungal and parasitic infections of skin, bone and joints. Prosthetic Joint infections
  • Microbiology of cardiovascular infections and sepsis
  • Microbiology of the central nervous system infections
  • Microbiology of the zoonotic infections


Patrick Murray, Ken Rosenthal & Michael Pfaller. Medical Microbiology. 9th edition. Elsevier 2020.

Paperback ISBN: 9780323673228

eBook ISBN: 9780323674508

Teaching methods

Lectures for a total of 2  CFU (16 hours)

Assessment methods

The purpose of the oral exam is to verify the student's ability to apply knowledge and to make the required deductive reasoning and logic.

Grade point scale:

  • preparation on very limited number of topics covered during the course and developing of analytical skills only with the assistance of the professor, using the proper language [https://context.reverso.net/traduzione/inglese-italiano/the+proper+language] → 18-19;
  • preparation on limited number of topics covered during the course and analytical skills only on purely executive matters, using the proper language [https://context.reverso.net/traduzione/inglese-italiano/the+proper+language] → 20-24;
  • preparation on large number of topics covered during the course, ability to make independent choices of critical thinking, mastery of specific terminology → 25-29;
  • exhaustive preparation on the topics covered during the course, ability to make autonomous choices of critical thinking and connection, full mastery of specific terminology, argue and self-reflection skills → 30-30 cum laude.

The examination will evaluate whether the students have mastered the above listed skills and have reached the teaching objectives.

Teaching tools

The teaching material is available at http//campus.unibo, by using student's username and password. No electronical recording of the lectures will be made available

Office hours

See the website of Vittorio Sambri


Good health and well-being

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