Clinical Microbiology & Immunology

PRCL 627 Clinical Microbiology/Immunology:   4 Credit Hours

Placement in the Curriculum: 
   Year Two
Duration:    August - December

Synopsis:    In Clinical Microbiology & Immunology, students learn the basic properties of medically relevant bacteria, viruses and fungi and how these organisms cause disease.  Clinical aspects of infectious diseases are stressed. In addition, aspects of the immune response such as autoimmunity, hypersensitivity defects in the immune system, and cancer immunology are discussed.  A majority of the important pathogens are covered in detail with emphasis on integrating the properties of the microbe, epidemiology, the mechanisms of pathogenesis, clinical diagnosis, and disease outcome.  The laboratory acquaints students with culture techniques and basic diagnostic procedures. Case study sessions provide problem-solving opportunities.

Competencies:    In the process of completing this course, students acquire the following competencies:
●  Understand the immune response to foreign and cancer cells, auto-immunity allergy, hypersensitivity, and defects in the immune system
●  Correlate specific properties of microbes with the diseases they cause.
●  Identify the most likely agents responsible for particular infectious diseases based on disease symptoms, epidemiological factors, and laboratory tests.

Key Words:    Bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, pathogenesis, infectious diseases, immunology, autoimmunity, allergy, hypersensitivity, immunodeficiency

Assessment:    Midterm and final exams, laboratory practical, case studies exam. James Scholar students may demonstrate competence by taking the final exam and the case studies departmental exam

Instructional Features: 
   Lectures, Laboratory, Case Presentations, interactive computer case studies, Teaching/Learning Examinations are available on the website.