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Medical Microbiology I

Code: MI303     Acronym: MICRM1

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Medicine

Instance: 2009/2010 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Laboratory of Microbiology
Course/CS Responsible: Master Degree in Medicine

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIMED 269 Mestrado Integrado em Medicina 2007 3 - 5 46 135

Teaching language



The main objectives of the proposed course are the teaching of Medical Microbiology. We consider fundamental to promote the development of new mental structures, capacities and new attitudes with which the students can analyse and solve problems. Different competencies should be acquired by the medical students:
basic competencies: learn how to learn, to know
transversal competencies: learn how to cooperate, to behave
specific competencies: learn how to do (specific objectives).


Bacteriology - Morphology and bacterial ultrastructure. Growth and bacterial death. Culture of microorganisms. Metabolism and bacterial genetics.
Mycology - Morphology, reproduction, culture and taxonomy of the fungi. Parasitology - Morphology, life cycle and pathogenic actions of the main protozoa and metazoa parasites of man;
Virology - Physiochemical characteristics and biological study of the viruses.
Mechanisms of microbial virulence and pathogeneicity versus host defenses.
Collection, initial processment, transportation and storage of biological samples to be submitted to microbiological examination.

Teaching methods and learning activities

Week workload:
One lecture of 1 hour;
One lecture/seminar of 1 hour;
One practical session of 2 hours;
Total workload: 46 hours.

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Description Type Time (hours) Weight (%) End date
Attendance (estimated) Participação presencial 0,00
Total: - 0,00

Eligibility for exams

Written examination, including two parts, one involving T (true) or F (false) statements and another with several types of problems. An appeal examination will follow the same structure.


Medical Microbiology. Murray, Rosenthal, Kobayashi & Pfaller: Mosby, 5ª Ed., 2005. Medical Microbiology, Jawetz, Melnick & Adelberg’s. Brooks, Butel, Morse; Appleton, Lange, 23ª Ed. 2004. Medical Microbiology. Kayser, Bienz, Eckert & Zinkernagel: Thieme, 10ª Ed., 2005.
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