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LUSL 2036

This course is an introduction to microbiology and is offered to students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.  The course covers the fundamental aspects of bacteria including: structure, classification, microbial growth and genetics as well as methods of sterilization disinfection. The course extends to discuss epidemiology of diseases, extent of host involvement and tools of pathogenicity.

In addition, topics related to clinical practice and patient care including hospital acquired infections and a selected group of infectious disease involving the different body systems. The course also discusses the basis of host immune response as well as antimicrobial chemotherapeutic agents. There will be a brief discussion about viruses, fungi and protozoa of medical importance. The course also covers basic laboratory techniques required for microbiology diagnosis including microscopic identification of bacteria, bacterial culture, Gram staining and antibiotic sensitivity testing. This is a one semester course is composed of two components: theory (3 hours weekly) and laboratory (3 hours weekly).