Janis R Fulton
Medically important bacterial pathogens are discussed in terms of the clinical, therapeutic, and epidemiological aspects of diseases caused by them, molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and their identification in the clinical laboratory. Laboratory course, MICROM 443 coordinates. Prerequisite: BIOL 200; recommended: MICROM 410; MICROM 441. Offered: W.
We will cover the nature of bacteria that cause human infections and the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, epidemiology, control, prevention, and treatment of various diseases.
Student learning goals
to help you learn the language and concepts of the field of medical bacteriology
to develop a foundation of knowledge upon which to base your future studies and make decisions
to read, learn, think, integrate information, and solve problems
to memorize as will be necessary to build your vocabulary and knowledge base.
General method of instruction
The only prerequisite for the course is Biology 220 with a minimum grade of 2.0. Microm 410 and 441 are also highly recommended. Students who have this background will find the many details about bacterial pathogens easier to assimilate. For those having no more than a Bio 220 background, supplementary reading concerning these topics is highly recommended. If possible, before or during the first week of class, read the chapters in the textbook on the immune response and on bacterial morphology, cell wall structure and synthesis.
Class assignments and grading
There will be two midterms and one final in multiple choice format. The tests will cover the lectures indicated on the syllabus. The final will be comprehensive with the main emphasis on the last section of the course. Bring a computer answer sheet to each exam.