Courses Catalogue

Medical Microbiology

COURSE CODE: MCB 7209
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Microbiology, M.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The students must have done and passed all the previous courses.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION:

To equip the students with knowledge of medicine in relation to the microbial world.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will introduce students to the microbial species that cause human disease. It will cover bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa, and discuss current topics including antibiotic resistance, public health threats, and global health. There is no laboratory component to this course. 

COURSE AIMS

The goal of this course is to provide postgraduate master candidates with an overview of the clinical and microbiological aspects of bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology as well as advanced immunology and molecular biology and the application of these subjects to community medicine and clinical medicine with respect to promotive, preventive and curative aspects. Upon completion of this course learners students will be able to:

1.      Describe the biological differences between bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa; 

2.      Explain how the biology of these organisms leads to human disease; 

3.      Explain and describe how humans try to prevent or treat these diseases. 

4.      Students will be able to explain the tests used by microbiologists to identify and characterize organisms. 

5.      Students will be able to analyze a scientific article and present a critique to their peers.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

It is expected that at the end of this course the learners should be able to:

1.    Impart up-to-date knowledge in bacteriology, virology, immunology, parasitology, mycology and molecular biology and also the essentials of medical statistics and epidemiology

2.  Teach laboratory skills in the above disciplines at the university and at affiliated places of learning.

3.  Carry out independent research and participate in research activity and publications. 4. Improve communication and English language skills by means of journal reading, presentations, seminars and discussions 

5.  Promote application of knowledge and skills to community and clinical medicine 6. To integrate the knowledge of microbiology with related disciplines.