Study Programmes 2016-2017
WARNING : 2015-2016 version of the course specifications
Medical microbiology
Duration :
25h Th, 10h Pr, 7h SI
Number of credits :
Bachelor in biomedicine3
Master in biomedicine (120 ECTS)3
Master in biomedicine (60 ECTS)3
Lecturer :
Marie-Pierre Hayette
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
Basics of Medical Microbiology Control of infectious diseases Technological tools used in the study of microorganisms in their environment or through interaction with their host.
Description of the course The course is divided into two parts: the first part intended to address some agents responsible for infectious diseases among those most frequently encountered or of particular interest a second part dealing with the technological tools used for diagnostic or research. Indeed, it is important for students to combine a medical aspect through the knowledge of infectious diseases and their characteristics, but also to address more technical aspects. NB. Viruses problematic will be addressed in the course of medical virology (cf. Prof . N. Jacobs ) . Table of contents Part I. - Respiratory tract infections (bacterial pneumonia and tuberculosis ) - Urinary infections - Sexually transmitted diseases (Chlamydia trachomatis , Neisseria gonorrhoeae and syphilis) - Skin infections - Arthropod-borne infections (Lyme disease and malaria). - Mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics, antifungals and antiparasitics Part II. 1 - Techniques applied to the diagnosis or the study of infections : Culture, identification of infectious agents, mass spectrometry , serological techniques, applied microbiology molecular techniques : PCR and applications, molecular typing sequencing. 2 - Discussion and presentation of a scientific publication on a topic they can choose but that is related to the course content. They will present the content in groups of 3 or 4 students. Each group will also provide a summary for the other groups. This will address the research side applied to the field of microbiology, either clinical research or basic research. 3 - Revision A recap session is scheduled at the end of the course in the form of quiz.
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
At the end of the course students will have developed knowledge in medical microbiology: knowledge of infectious agents, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases addressed. He will know the necessary tools for the characterization of microorganisms for diagnostic or research. He will be able to have a more critical reading of scientific articles in the field of microbiology
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Concepts of General Microbiology and Immunology Bac2
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
The course will be presented in the form of lectures and discussions of scientific papers. Practical sessions are also organized. Tutorials are presented in the form of workshops that illustrate the lectures through demonstration of diagnostic tests, microscopical and macroscopical observations (bacterial and fungal cultures, observation of adult parasites), projection of videos. On the other hand, a video will be made available as a virtual tour of the medical microbiology laboratory.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Recommended or required readings :
Medical microbiology-MIMS Collaborateurs-Mosby Europe ed., 4th edition, 2008.

Principes de biologie moléculaire en microbiologie- N. Amezane, M. Bogard, J. Lamoril, Elsevier ed. 2006
Assessment methods and criteria :
The assessment will take the form of 30 multiple choice questions (60%), and two questions with short answer (20%). The cotation for praticals will account for 10% of the points and the cotation for oral presentation of papers will account for 10%.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Contacts :
Prof. Marie-Pierre Hayette Department of Medical microbiology Tour de Pathologie (B23) CHU Sart Tilman - 4000 LIEGE Tél: 04-366.24.39 Fax: 04-366.24.40 Email: