Medical Microbiology I
Instance: 2009/2010 - 1S
Cycles of Study/Courses
Teaching - Hours
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
One lecture of 1 hour;
One lecture/seminar of 1 hour;
One practical session of 2 hours;
Total workload: 46 hours.
Evaluation with final exam
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.
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