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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Medical Bacteriology

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 3
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Anders Løbner-Olesen (6-727568746b7846686f7534717b346a71)
  • Department of Biology
Course number: NBIK14035U

Course content

To give students a thorough understanding of the field of Medical Bacteriology with emphasis on the specific traits that enables certain bacteria to cause disease. The course will cover specific bacteria, the diseases they cause and possible treatments.

The course vill be organized into the following themes:

  • Structure of bacterial cells and viruses, physiology and evolution
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Molecular mechanisms for bacterial pathogenesis and infection including Biofilm-formation
  • Strategies for control of microbial diseases
  • (Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic) modeling in treatment of bacterial infections
  • Epidemiology
  • Antibiotic resistance and spread of resistance
  • New strategies for antimicrobials development
  • Introduction to the most important infectious diseases (e.g. respiratory infections, gastrointestinal tract infections and urinary tract infections), The causative organisms, routes of infection and epidemiology. Diagnostics.

Learning outcome


After completing this critical literature based course in medical microbiology the student will:

  • Understand how structure, growth physiology, biochemistry and genetics of microorganisms all contribute to their ability to evade the host defense mechanisms and cause disease.
  • Be familiar with the most important infectious diseases.
  • Have a basic knowledge on how bacterial infections are treated.


After completing this course the student will be able to:

  • Critically read original research articles in the field
  • Understand, interpret, evaluate and convey data from scientific experiments presented in these articles.


After completing this course the student will be able to:

  • Understand the mechanisms behind bacteria and virus' ability to cause disease.
  • Be able to correlate the symptoms of common infectious disease with putative pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Engage in a discussion of pros and cons of present treatments of infectious diseases.
  • Discuss new approaches to treatment of infectious diseases.

Recommended prerequisites

A BSc in biological science.


The course is primarily intended for the MSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine

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Study Board of Biomolecular Sciences and Technology

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

Lectures. Group discussions based on problems presented to the students at the previous session. It is expected that students have worked on problem solving prior to the lecture. Mandatory student presentation of research papers. It is expected that a significant part of this course is taught by guest teachers from the Region’s Hospitals as well as from Statens Serum Institut.






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Category Hours
Exam 4
Preparation 106
Lectures 48
Colloquia 24
Seminar 24
English 206


Type of assessment

Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation


All aids allowed

NB: If the exam is held at the ITX, the ITX will provide computers. Private computer, tablet or mobile phone CANNOT be brought along to the exam. Books and notes should be brought on paper or saved on a USB key.

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

The exam will be evaluated based on the ability of the students to fulfill the criteria described under "Learning outcome"

Censorship form

External censorship


If ten or fewer students have signed up for re-exam, the type of assessment will be changed to oral examination (20 minutes) with preparation time (20 minutes) and all aids.


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