Academic Year 2018/2019 - 1° Year
Teaching Staff Credit Value: 8
Scientific field
Taught classes: 56 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

  • Biochemistry

    The course of Biochemistry aims to provide to the students the basis to understanding the physical, chemical and biological contexts in which molecules, reactions and metabolic pathways play their role.

    At the end of the present course the student will understand the structure-function relationships of the main biological molecules, essential biochemical mechanisms that underlie a proper metabolic function and the consequences of their alterations.

  • General and applied microbiology

    The course of Microbiology aims to provide to the students the basis to understanding the biological and pathogenic characteristics of microorganisms that play a role in human pathology.

    At the end of the present course the student must acquire appropriate knowledge:

    a) on the infections caused by the different pathogens in the different human anatomical districts;

    b) on the principles of the laboratory tests in diagnosis and identification of pathogenic microorganisms, including appropriate specimen collection.

    The course also aims to illustrate the various methods of prevention of microbial infections and the main causes of infection related to specific professional activity.

Course Structure

  • General and applied microbiology

    Traditional lectures, with the support of slides and educational videos of some theoretical-practical teaching topics (the films will be available on the Studium page).

Detailed Course Content

  • General and applied microbiology

    1. Introduction to Microbiology: the pathogenic mechanisms of microorganisms, microorganism-host relationships.

    2. The bacteria: the organization of the bacterial cell; mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis: role of bacteria in disease.

    3. Fungi: fungal cell structure; mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis.

    4. Virus: Characteristics of virus and their replication; mechanisms of viral pathogenesis; types of viral infection: acute and persistent infection.

    5. The antimicrobial chemotherapy: the main characteristics of antimicrobial drugs and their mechanisms of resistance.

    6. Vaccines.

    7. General principles of laboratory diagnostics of infectious diseases.

    8. General principles of sterilization, disinfection, and antisepsis.

    9. Infections of the skin, bones and joints.

    10. Infections of the uro-genital tract.

    11. Infections of the fetus and the newborn.

    12. Infections of the Respiratory tract. Tubercolosis.

    13. Infections of the gastrointestinal tract.

    14. Infections of the nervous system.

    15. Opportunistic and nosocomial infections.

Textbook Information

  • Biochemistry

    1. Siliprandi-Tettamanti. Biochimica Medica. Piccin.

    2. Nelson Cox. I principi di Biochimica di Lehninger. Zanichelli

    3. Devlin. Biochimica con aspetti clinici. EdiSES

    4. Berg Jeremy M. - Tymoczko John L. - Stryer Lubert. Biochimica. Ed. Zanichelli

  • General and applied microbiology

    Cevenini R.. Sambri V., Microbiologia e microbiologia clinica, Per i Corsi di Laurea in professioni sanitarie – Ed. Piccin

    All students can use didactic material downloadable from the Studium UniCt page at the following link: