1.0 Aims and Objectives
Biol 2005 Medical Microbiology and Parasitology is an introduction to infectious and infective diseases and their
importance. It includes: bacterial structure and antibiotic action; viral structure, the
basic virulence mechanisms by which micro-organisms cause disease; the understanding of
parasites and the control of parasitic infections and the host response to infection. Our
overall aim is to stimulate your interest in the biology of viruses, bacteria
and the protozoa and helminth worms, which cause infectious diseases.
- to develop an understanding of the structure of bacteria, viruses, protozoa and worms
and how these interact with our immune response and on prevention and treatment of infection.
- to understand how the structural differences between bacterial and human cells provide
targets for antibiotic action.
- to understand the conditions under which bacteria develop antibiotic resistance and how
that resistance may be transferred; similarly how resistance has occurred to chloroquine
used as a prophylactic against malaria.
- to understand the differences in structure between Gram positive and Gram negative
bacteria and how this affects pathogenesis, immunity and antibiotic antibiotic action.
- to understand how parasites have evolved into a parasitic way of life from free living
- to develop an understanding of how infectious units may be transmitted between
individuals and colonise the body
- to understand the similarities and differences in how the immune defence system deals
- to understand molecular mechanisms by which pathogens may evade host defences and
produce symptomatic disease;
- to understand how normal immune responses may be augmented for vaccine development and
prevention of infection.
© Dr. Clive Bennett 2006