Semester: 3 / Winter
Lectures/Classes: 30 / 45 hours
Field of study: Veterinary Medicine
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Prerequisites: Biology, biochemistry.
Contact person: dr hab. Jarosław Król
Short description: The aim of the course is to provide students with basic knowledge on the biology of bacteria, viruses and fungi, classification of these microorganisms and possible interactions between micro- and macroorganisms. In addition, the course gives the insight into elementary diagnostic methods used for the identification of pathogenic microorganisms, as well as methods of the elimination of microorganisms from the environment (sterilization, disinfection) and techniques for the examination of bacterial susceptibility to antimicrobials.
Full description: The course is divided into 2 parts: 1/ Bacteriology & Mycology (40 h. lectures and 55 h. labs) and 2/ Virology (20 h. lectures and 20 h. labs). During the first part, the following issues are addressed: morphology of the bacterial cell, basic staining techniques (including the Gram method), bacterial and fungal culture, identification of microorganisms by means of biochemical and serologic tests, sterilization and disinfection, antimicrobial susceptibility test, classification of pathogenic microorganisms, interactions between micro- and macroorganisms, basic diagnostic methods employed for the identification of main groups of pathogenic bacteria (the genera Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Listeria, Erysipelothrix, Bacillus, Clostridium, Mycobacterium, Brucella, Pseudomonas and the family Enterobacteriaceae and Pasteurellaceae), basic diagnostic methods used for clinical mycology (identification of the yeasts and dermatophytes). The second part of the course (Virology) is focused on biology and classification of the most important groups of pathogenic viruses (Orthomyxoviridae, Paramyxoviridae, Herpesviridae, Rhabdoviridae, Arteriviridae, Parvoviridae, Picornaviridae), as well as principal methods of viral diagnostics (direct detection of the virus by serological tests and the agglutination technique, virus isolation on embryonated chicken eggs and tissue cultures).
Bibliography: 1. Carter G.R., Wise Darla J.: Essentials of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology (6th edition). Blackwell Publishing, 2004. 2. Murphy Frederick A. et all.: Veterinary Virology (3rd edition). Academic Press, 1999. 3. OIE Manual of Standards for Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines. 4th Edition, 2000
Learning outcomes: Knowledge: - student defines basic terms concerning virology, bacteriology and mycology - explains interactions between pathogens and hosts - describes usage of microscopic and cultural methods, biochemical and serological tests in the identification of microorganisms Skills: - performs basic tests used in the microbiology - interprets results of laboratory tests Social competences: - can organize cooperation with a diagnostic laboratory
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Microbiology I (winter semester): Total grade is based exclusively on grades obtained during labs (Credit I).

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