84351 - Microbiology

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

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2022/2023

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, Campylobacter jejuni, Helicobacter pylori
  9. Mycobacteria, other rods (Bordetella pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae, Legionella pneumophila),
  10. Spirochetaes
  11. Chlamydiaceae, Mycoplasmataceae, Rickettsiaceae
  12. DNA viruses: Herpesviridae, Papillomaviridae, Adenoviridae, Parvovirus B19
  13. RNA viruses-1; respiratory viruses
  14. RNA viruses -2; hepatitis viruses
  15. RNA viruses -3; retroviruses
  16. RNA viruses -4; arboviruses
  17. RNA viruses-5; viruses causing encephalitis, enterovirus and viruses causing gastroenteritis
  18. Characteristics of protozoa of medical importance. Enteric protozoa. Protozoa transmitted by sexual route
  19. Foodborne protozoa: Toxoplasma gondii. Vector-borne protozoa-1: Leishmania
  20. Vector borne protozoa-2: Plasmodia,Trypanosoma cruzi
  21. Characteristics of helminths of medical importance. Intestinal helminths, including Strongyloides stercoralis
  22. Teniasis and other foodborne infections caused by 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 class lectures

Assessment methods

The exam consists of a questionnaire with 40 multiple choice questions. For each question, the student will have to specify ONLY ONE ANSWER considered correct.

The final grade, out of 30, is given by the number of correct answers. For each correct answer, 0.8 points will be given. To pass the test at least 22 questions should be answered correctly.

The time available for the exam will be 45 minutes.

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

See the website of Margherita Ortalli