Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
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Second semester
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Lectures in Italian

Course description

knowledge and understanding
The course aims to provide a basic knowledge of the evolution, structure, metabolic versatility, genetic variability and diffusion of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses) in natural environments.
Applying knowledge and understanding
The course is structured in lectures and laboratory activities that aim to arouse curiosity and interest in the student towards issues concerning the world of microorganisms.
At the end of the course, the student will have acquired knowledge to understand the important ecological role played by microorganisms, their involvement in biogeochemical cycles and the importance of microorganisms in sustaining life on earth.
Making judgments
At the end of the course the student will have acquired the ability to independently assess the ecological importance and the diffusion strategies in the environment of microorganisms.
Making Judgments will be acquired through the study and understanding of scientific texts and publications. The achievement of adequate autonomy will be verified through the discussion during the lessons, the tutoring meetings, and the final profit exam.
Communication skills
At the end of the course the student will be able to express himself with appropriate language the main features of prokaryotic cells and viruses, the factors that influence microbial growth, the processes underlying energy metabolism and the bases of genetic variability.
The achievement of an adequate level of communication skills will be assessed during the lessons and the final exam.
Learning skills
At the end of the course, the student will have acquired knowledge to undertake further in-depth studies on Microbiology, also with an interdisciplinary approach. The consultation of materials other than those proposed during the course (bibliographic material, databases, information available on the web) will allow to deepen the topics covered during the lessons and to apply the acquired knowledge to different contexts.


In-depth knowledge of General Biology, General and Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry is required.


History of microbiology (2 h).
Evolution and structure of microorganisms (4 h).
Structural and metabolic diversity of microorganisms (5 h).
Observation techniques of microorganisms (2 h).
Structure and functions of Bacteria and Archaea (6 h).
Microbial nutrition (2 h).
Microbial growth (3 h).
Microbial metabolism (18 h).
Microorganisms in natural environments (2 h).
Molecular biology of prokaryotes (2 h).
Genetics of prokaryotes (6 h).
Virus (4 h).
Control of microbial growth (6 h).
Microbial applications (4 h).
Laboratory activities (6 h).

Teaching Methods

Frontal teaching: 66 h
Laboratory activity: 6 h


Student must choose one of the following textbooks:
Madigan, Martinko, Bender, Buckley, Stahl - Brock Biology of Microorganisms (15th Edition) - Pearson.
Wessner, Dupont, Charles – Microbiology – Wiley.

Learning assessment

Oral exam, only after having successfully the written exam.

More information

Lectures are in Italian. The professor is available to interact with students in English, also during the examination.