NEM-20806 Basics of Infectious Diseases


Studiepunten 6.00

Group work4
Course coordinator(s)RHP Wilbers
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. GHJ Kema
dr. ir. HW Saatkamp
dr. ir. CJM Koenraadt
RHP Wilbers
dr. ir. GP Pijlman
Examiner(s)dr. ir. HW Saatkamp
dr. ir. CJM Koenraadt
dr. ir. GP Pijlman
RHP Wilbers
dr. ir. GHJ Kema

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

2nd year BSc curricula Biology, Animal Sciences and Plant Sciences prepares for this course.

Continuation courses:

CBI-20306 Cell Biology and Health; ENT-30306 Ecological Aspects of Bio-interactions; ENT-30806 Fundamental and Applied Aspects of the Biology of Insects; HMI-50306 Microbial Disease Mechanisms; NEM-30306 Host-Parasite Interactions; PHP-30306 Plant-Microbe Interactions; PHP-30806 Molecular Aspects of Bio-interactions and VIR-30306 Molecular Virology.


Emerging infectious diseases of humans and animals make it into the headlines of the news on a daily basis (e.g. malaria, TBC, norovirus). This multidisciplinary course approaches these infectious diseases from several perspectives, including the underlying biology, ecology, epidemiology, and socio-economics. Information will be provided on new insights on the causative agents of several infectious diseases (e.g. viral, prion, bacterial, protozoal, and parasitic diseases) as well as arthropod vector biology and vector-borne diseases. Mathematical modelling has strongly influenced policy-making in relation to the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases. In this course we will focus on the key principles of epidemiological models of infectious diseases to understand how they are used in the health economy.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain fundamental concepts of infectious diseases and their causative agents;
- explain social, economic, political and biological factors that influence the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases;
- formulate a research question based on literature review and design an experimental approach to answer this question;
- apply appropriate research methods to answer the research question (under supervision);
- document, analyse and evaluate obtained research data;
- report on the research project (including research question, methodology, results and conclusions) by means of a scientific report and an oral presentation.


- lectures; 
|- practicals on the ecology, physiology and molecular biology of infectious diseases and their vectors; 
- writing of report that incorporates knowledge from recent literature in the field of infectious diseases;


- written test with nine open questions (50%);
- written research plan (5%);
- Observations on practical performance, including reporting activities in lab-journal (25%);
- written report of research formatted as a scientific article (17.5%);
- Oral presentation of key findings (2.5%). (literature in the field of infectious diseases).


Lecture notes and selected literature review will be provided during the course.

Verplicht voor: BBIBiologyBScC: Spec. C - Health and Disease1AF
Verplicht voor: WUBIDBSc Minor Biology of Infectious Diseases1AF