Study Programmes 2016-2017
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 :
 This course is the continuation of the course of general microbiology given in Bloc2. This course is divided in three parts.
 The first part covers the most frequent infectious diseases encountered in the world.
The second part is dealing with the technological tools used for diagnostic or research purposes.
The third part will include presentations by students and practicals. Indeed, it is important for students to combine medical aspects with the knowledge the most popular technologies used in routine and research.
NB. The viral problematic will be addressed in the course of medical virology (cf. Prof . N. Jacobs ) . Table of contents Part I. - Respiratory tract infections  - Urinary infections - Sexually transmitted diseases - Gastro-intestinal disaeases - 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. Part III.
This part includes the discussion and presentation given by the students 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. This will address the research side applied to the field of microbiology, either clinical research or basic research.
Practicals will be organised during each part.
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 Bloc2
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.
Furtherliore the students will have the opportunity to present a topic in relation with the course. They will be abble to work with 3 or 4 of their peers.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Face-to-face. Presentations given by the students. Practicals.
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:
Julie DESCY (responsible for practicals)
Service de Microbiologie médicale Tour de Pathologie (B23) CHU Sart Tilman - 4000 LIEGE Tél: 04-366.24.39 Fax: 04-366.24.40
Items online :
The syllabus of the practical work includes the methodologies used of the study of bacteria, yeasts, viruses. It describes the serological reactions and principles of molecular biology applied to microbiological diagnosis.