The course includes several practical sessions that start with an introductory lab, which introduces the students to the main concepts of the bio-safety levels, safety rules, the most important equipments and instruments used in the Microbiology lab, and the theoretical basics of light and electron microscopy.
Each of the other practical sessions includes a comprehensive explanation of the theoretical basics of the experiment(s) assigned to be conducted during the session, the practical steps of the experiment(s), and analysis as well as interpretation of the obtained results.
The practical skills and procedures of these sessions include, types and preparation of bacterial artificial culture media, staining procedures used to identify and characterize bacteria and some of their structural components, the main methods used in bacterial enumeration, sterilization and disinfection, some of the main bacterial diagnostics tests, and antibiotic sensitivity tests.
This course is intended to teach the students of medical specializations, the most important practical skills and methodologies used in the Microbiology lab. In addition, the students will learn how to read and interpret the obtained results
The main ILOs of this course include.
A.1. Understand the theoretical background and the importance of each of the taught experiments.
A.2. Learn the practical steps of each experiment and understand the importance of each step in term of the conducted experiment.
A.3. Understand and learn how to read and interpret the obtained results of each experiment.
A.4. Be aware about the main and the most important practical mistakes that may lead for the generation of false-positive or negative results.
General and transferable skills:
B.1. Interactive learning through brain storming and directed group discussion
B.2. Scientific thinking and logic flow of knowledge