Courses Catalogue

Basic Microbiology & Parasitology

COURSE CODE: MCD 2101
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Clinical Medicine and Community Health, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Allied Health Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

This course will provide the student with an introduction to the general biology of the bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasitic protozoans, helminths, and arthropods of humans. This module emphasizes the morphology, form and function, life cycles, symptomatology, and pathogenesis of representative taxa from these major parasitic groups. This course covers principles of microbiology with emphasis or microorganisms and human disease. Topics include an overview of microbiology and aspects of medical microbiology.Identification and control of pathogens, disease transmission, host resistance, and immunity. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of microorganisms and the disease process as well as aseptic and sterile techniques. 

Course justification
Medical microbiology is the study of the ways in which microbes, including bacteria, fungi and viruses, affect our health. Knowledge of microbiology is important in understanding the etiology and pathophysiology of communicable diseases most of which are caused by microbes.

Course Aim
The aim of teaching basic microbiology and Parasitology is to enable the learner   to acquire knowledge, skill and attitudes necessary for managing various disease and conditions caused by various microbiological and parasitic organisms.

 Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
a)      Define Microbiology and parasitology
b)      List branches of microbiology
c)      Describe the different types of microorganisms and their characteristics.
d)     List the use selected instruments in Microbiology Laboratory
e)      Describe the morphology of micro-organisms by use of a microscope
f)       List the diseases caused by microrganisms
g)      Outline the control of microorganisms
h)      Outline how microorganisms are grown giving specific examples