Microbiology and Forensic Science

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 09 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

Have you ever thought about infectious diseases and why we get infected? What is the causative agent? In this course you will be touring through four modules, starting by taking a close look at the bacterial cell structure and functions which will then lead you to the study of viruses. You will go through the differences in the different types of cells which will allow you to distinguish the two major groups of bacteria and techniques. Next, you will focus on Forensic Microbiology, its history and how this discipline has evolved. Finally, we will look at the latest molecular techniques used for detecting microbes’ genetic material.

Course Instructors

Dr. Sereen M.B Bataineh

Sereen has a PhD from the University of Western Australia and is specialised in Microbiology research and teaching Forensic Science. Her passion for all things microbial came from childhood where she gained an interest in disease and how to find out what causes them. Her curiosity from childhood grew and she quickly wanted to progress her career through her PhD and research so she can contribute back to humanity to help solve world problems. She has been able to do this through the Jordan University of Science and Technology where she was promoted from a lecturer to Assistant Dean in her second year where she continues to teach today.

Course Description

What's it about?

Have you ever thought about infectious diseases and why we get infected? What is the causative agent? In this course you will be touring through four modules, starting by taking a close look at the bacterial cell structure and functions which will then lead you to the study of viruses.

Have you ever thought about infectious diseases and why we get infected? What is the causative agent? In this course you will be touring through four modules, starting by taking a close look at the bacterial cell structure and functions which will then lead you to the study of viruses.

You will go through the differences in the different types of cells which will allow you to distinguish the two major groups of bacteria and techniques. Next, you will focus on Forensic Microbiology, its history and how this discipline has evolved. Finally, we will look at the latest molecular techniques used for detecting microbes’ genetic material.

What's involved?

Module 1Bacterial Structure
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment11 Aug - 17 Aug
Module 2Viruses and their Structure
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment18 Aug - 24 Aug
Module 3Forensic Microbiology
8 videos, 7 quizzes, 1 assessment25 Aug - 31 Aug
Module 4Genotyping Techniques
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment1 Sep - 7 Sep

What will I learn?

  • Bacterial cell structure and function
  • Viruses and their structure
  • How Forensic Microbiology has evolved
  • Different types of Forensic Microbiology
  • Differences in Forensic Science versus Forensic Microbiology
  • How to read a scientific journal and review one in a case study
  • Genotyping techniques
  • The role of DNA and RNA in Microbiology and Forensic Science

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 2 hours 36 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

Where to from here?

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Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Molecular Laboratory Technician
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forensic Studies
  • Teacher of Microbiology
  • Teacher of Forensic Scientist

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