Single-Course English 5 ECTS

General medical microbiology

Overall Course Objectives

To obtain a basic knowledge of common infectious diseases caused by bacteria, vira and parasites allowing the student to understand pathogenic organisms, the damages they cause, and the possibilities to treat the infections. Introduction to genome analysis used for identification, typing and determination of resistance for pathogenic organisms. During the course, the student will achieve a terminology and a knowledge, which qualifies the student to participate in medical microbiology related research and development.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the connection between pathogenic microorganisms and their symptoms.
  • Diagnose simple infections.
  • Explain the virulence factors of pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Propose treatment of simple cases of infection.
  • Propose preventive measures in simple cases of infection.
  • Describe types of antibiotics and how they work.
  • Describe ways of transmission of infections diseases.
  • Perform simple genome analyses to identify and characterise pathogenic organisms.
  • Develop scientific and clinical thinking relative to microbial pathogenesis using a practical approach.
  • Learn and use medical microbiology terminology correctly in English.

Course Content

History of medical microbiology, epidemiology, the normal microbiota; what is an infection? mechanisms of infection. Treating infections: antimicrobial resistance, prophylaxis, antimicrobials, immunization.
The most common infectious diseases (respiratory infections, gastrointestinal, urinary tract, sexual transmitted diseases, etc.), the organisms that cause them (bacteria, virus and parasites), transmission of pathogens. Diagnostics, genome analysis, typing methods, identification of resistance determinants.

Recommended prerequisites

27002/27008/27051, Require basic knowledge of microbiology.

Teaching Method

Lectures, tutorials on online tools for genome analysis and case discussions. Students prepare their own multiple-choice questions and a disease case as group assignments.


Limited number of seats

Minimum: 20.

Please be aware that this course will only be held if the required minimum number of participants is met. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether the course will be held.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 23258
Course type Bachelor
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Thurs 13-17

7.500,00 DKK

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