Course Descriptions



This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences. 

This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.






General Biology 01:119:115-116-117 or 01:119:101-102 and General Chemistry 01:160:161-162-171 (or higher) and

Organic Chemistry 01:160:307. Systems Physiology is recommended.

Course Description 

This course will introduce the student to a real life patient case study each lecture, moving the course toward an understanding of specific human diseases (e.g. pharyngitis, hepatitis) as might be expected in a clinical environment. Each case will include a patient history, differential diagnosis, clinical cues, laboratory data, pathogenesis, treatment and prevention, additional points and references. The course will be interactive, engaging students in peer discussions and will emphasize journal articles, Pubmed, NCBI publications etc. to encourage integrative understanding of the microbiological world.

This course includes aspects of microbial pathophysiology, genetics, immunology,therapy it relates to the differential diagnosis of a particular clinical disease. For each case study a short overview of the possible organisms involved in each pathology together with their life cycle will serve as an introduction to the disease in question, and the cases will be grouped by disease presentation from the simpler to the more complex.                                              

Course URL  

A Sakai course website will be available at the beginning of the semester

Course Satisfies Learning Goals 

Microorganisms are an essential component of human biology and it is sometimes just a flip of that physiological switch that turns the normal symbiont into a dangerous pathogen. This course will introduce students to the microbial environment as it relates to physiology, morphology, pathogenicity, and genetics of groups of microorganisms and their medical applications. By the end of the course, each student will be able to understand the role that certain microorganisms play in particular human diseases through a process of differential diagnosis and interpretation of laboratory results, pathogenesis and treatment options. The intention is to provide each student with the tools needed to understand medical microbiology, using a case-based approach to stress key principles of microbial pathogenesis, the use of clinical microbiology techniques and the selection and use of key antimicrobial agents.  

  • Knowledge specific goals: Know the terms, concepts and theories in genetics.
  • Integrate the material from multiple courses and research. That is, to think holistically and to see the whole as well as the parts.
  • Use genetic information and ideas to critically analyze published research articles in genetics.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy 

  • 4 clinical assessments each worth 175 points (an assessment will include 10 case study questions each with M/C and write-in sections and will be based on the pathologies discussed in lecture)
  • A group poster worth 300 points to each group member, will be required for presentation on the last few days of term. Each group will be given a pathology to develop on their own and full participation will be required by each group member for full credit.

Course Materials 

  • Required: Medical Microbiology for the New Curriculum: A case-based approach; Roberta Carey, Mindy Schuster, Karin L McGowen. 1st Pub Wiley 12/10/2007 ISBN 9780471479338
  • Recommended: Clinical Microbiology 2nd Ed J Keith Struthers, Taylor and Francis Group CRC Press ISBN 9781498786898

Course Closed? 

If this course is closed, please DO NOT contact the instructor for a special permission number. Please use the following link to add your name to the appropriate wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Fall 2018 Courses .  If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Science - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.


Dr. D'Arville, Ph.D, M.S., Cert Ed.

Lecturer, Assistant T Professor

** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.