This is a general introduction to the course, with information on what I hope that you will learn, what we will cover and why, information about the reading materials, the assignments and the exam. Please also see the information about the Mastering Microbiology which tells you how to get access to the electronic textbook and the assignments.
Here you can find the requirements for the exam from the electronic textbook: Brock, biology of Micro-organisms. Completion of electronic assignments is also required for course completion, more information in the Start and Course information materials (below, last in the Materials list).
NOTE 1: All course lectures are here in MyCourses, and they are also in the Course Materials of the Pearson Electronic Mastering Microbiology - learning environment.
NOTE 2: The required course assignments ARE ONLY IN THE ELECTRONIC Mastering Microbiology learning environment. The assignments can only be opened as of September 12th onwards, and you must complete the assignments by Sunday October 20th 11.59 pm (23.59). The assignments can not be reopened after the deadline and no extra or compensating assignments are offered.
NOTE 3: The textbook (reading required for the written exam) is available in Mastering Microbiology in an electronic format. The lecturer has no paper-copies of the book.
This lecture covers chapter 2 . Please note that this course assumes that you have basic understanding of the eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell. If you need to review the structure and function and metabolism of these cells, read the suggested extra chapters form the book.
This lecture covers chapters 24 and 25. This lecture will continue during lecture 3, as we have covered the previous one on viruses. We will here focus on The gastrointestinal microbiota, the oral cavity and the airways, the urogenital tract and the skin and its microbes. This is a short review on the normal status of the microbiota in these sites, that we will cover, in order to move on to lecture 4 and the Microbial Infection process.
This lecture covers Chapter 26. Here we will cover the basic properties of the Immune system and the barriers to pathogen invasion. This forms the continuum to the previous lectures on the normal microbial flora, and the mechanisms of infection and pathogenesis as covered in lecture 3and 4.
This lecture covers chapter 27. This lecture may span into lecture 7, as we cover the Adaptive Immunity (Specificity, Memory, selection processes and Tolerance), Immunogens and Classes on Immunity (including antibodies).
This lecture covers chapter 28. The topic is Clinical Microbiology and Immunology and we will cover Safety and workflow in the clinical microbiology laboratory, different culturing and identification methods of pathogens as well as the use of serology (remember the previous lectures in immunology), Enzyme tests etc., and some basics of antimicrobials (including antibiotics) and microbial resistance. Note that this is not a laboratory class, this is a lecture. If we are short with time, then this will be covered faster, perhaps one 45 min lecture.