2023-2024 / MICR0330-4

Medical microbiology


25h Th, 10h Pr, 7h SI

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biomedicine3 crédits 


Marie-Pierre Hayette

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

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

Part II.

Techniques applied to the diagnosis or the study of infections : bacterial and fungal culture, mass spectrometry, serology (antigen and antibody detection), molecular techniques  used in microbiology: PCR methods, molecular typing and sequencing.

Part III.

This part includes the discussion and presentation given by the students on a topic they can choose given that it is related to the microbiology. They will present the content in groups of 3 or 5 students. This will address the research side applied to the field of microbiology, either clinical or fundamental research. An active collaboration with the coordinator, Mrs SACHELI Rosalie (r.sacheli@chuliege.be) is requested when choosing the subjects in order to ensure that it is adequate. Students can ask Mrs. Sacheli throughout the preparation of this work if necessary.

Practicals (TP1 to 4) will be also organised.

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. They will know the necessary tools for the characterization of microorganisms for diagnostic or fundamental research. They will be able to have a more critical reading of scientific articles in the field of microbiology. The students will have experienced the group work and the oral presentation facing his pairs. it will also positively impact on the interactions with the lecturer.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Course 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 able to work with 3 to 5 of their peers.
A feed-back is proposed at the end of the course. It is important to receive the feelings of the students about the cours in order to improve the contents.


Multiple choice questions

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

Face-to-face, online, vidéo's.

Recommended or required readings

Medical microbiology-MIMS Collaborateurs-Mosby Europe ed., 4th edition, 2019.

Principes de biologie moléculaire en microbiologie- N. Amezane, M. Bogard, J. Lamoril, Elsevier ed. 2006

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

The assessment will take the form of 40 multiple choice questions (70%) (including theory and TP4).

The cotation for praticals (TP 1,2,3) will account for 10% of the points and the cotation for oral presentation of papers will account for 20%.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Marie-Pierre HAYETTE

Coordinator of the module Specialised microbiology and practicals
Rosalie SACHELI (R.Sacheli@chuliege.be)

Association of one or more MOOCs