Fundamentals of Microbiology
The course in designed to give a basic understanding on the fundamental aspects of microbiology from historical development of the branch of microbiology to diseases caused by various groups of microorganisms. The students will be introduced to the microbial world, the structure and significance of bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa and viruses. On completion of the cause the students are expected to have a clear understanding on microscopy, sterilization, disinfection, bacterial cultivation techniques, their growth dynamics, metabolic processes, genetic and ecological factors. The students are also introduced to the beneficial and harmful manifestations of microorganisms especially of bacteria and their role in microbial mineralization and disease processes. In addition, basic aspects of immunology are also introduced to the students. All these are to be accomplished through formal lectures, class room discussions and the students will be assessed by examinations.
The practical laboratory exercises are designed to give the basic safety and handling protocol in a microbiology laboratory; hands on training on light microscopy –staining techniques, sterilization and disinfection principles and practice; Enumeration and isolation techniques of bacteria and fungi.