Clinical Laboratory Bacteriology

MELS 308     Clinical Laboratory Bacteriology

Course Title:                Clinical Laboratory Bacteriology
Code:                          MELS 308.
Hours:                         Lec – 2 hrs.         Lab – 2 Hrs      Cln – 0 Hr.             Cr. hrs. – 3.
Prerequisite:                BIOL 226.
Level/Semester:           2nd level- Spring
Department offering the course:  Medical Laboratory Technology/ Faculty of Health sciences

Clinical laboratory bacteriology is based on the student’s understanding of the basic principles of clinical microbiology. This course studies the characteristics and classification of microorganisms and bacteria from a medical perspective, emphasizing mechanisms by which they replicate and reproduce, their means of growth and growth requirements, and the general properties of bacterial cultures and their properties. The main topics covered in this course are: Development of diagnostic microbiology; The host’s encounter with microbes; safety and specimen collection; cultivation of microorganisms; presumptive identification and final identification; aerobic gram-positive cocci; gram-negative cocci; aerobic gram-positive rods; enterobacteriacea; Anaerobic bacteria; mycobacterium species; intracellular microorganisms; physiological and body system bacteriology; and opportunistic and nosocomial infections.

The aim of the course is to study different bacterial pathogens, their clinical picture and the different laboratory methods for their identification from different clinical samples, the preventive  measuring to be considered to prevent infection with these pathogens.

Illustrated lecture using personal computer, data show and white board.
Laboratory experiments
Research work.
Group discussion.
Video films.

An Essential Pocket Guide to Clinical and Medical Bacteriology; 3rd Edition (2015). In: An Essential Reference for Clinical Laboratory Technologists (Ed.: J.J. Haddad). University Publishers, pp. 1 – 1950.
Clinical Laboratory Microbiology: A Practical Approach; 1st Edition (2011) – Kyser, Pane and Taff; Pearson Higher Education (
Clinical and Medical Bacteriology Laboratory Manual. In: An Essential Manual for Clinical Laboratory Technologists (Ed.: J.J. Haddad; 1st Edition). University Publishers, 1 – 158, 2012.
Microbiology: A Clinical Approach; 1st Edition (2011) – Garland; Garland Science ( ; ; ;