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Bacterial Biofilms and Their Role in Chronic Diseases, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 2 months
University rank #33 (ARWU) Online
Bacteria display two life forms during growth and proliferation. In one form the bacteria appear as single, free-floating cells (planktonic), in the other form bacteria are organized in aggregates. The latter form is commonly referred to as the biofilm mode of growth.
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These two life forms have serious implications for bacterial infections in humans. Acute infections involve planktonic bacteria and are most often treatable. Chronic infections are most likely caused by bacterial biofilms and are nearly impossible to treat with antibiotics and other disinfectants.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 2 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Layout of the course

The online course in bacterial biofilm stretches over ten weeks in the fall of 2015. The weekly plan is as follows.

  • Week 1: Introduction to E-learning and Absalon, and meeting your workgroup

  • Week 2: The fundamental understanding of biofilms: What is a biofilm and where do we find biofilm

  • Week 3: The basic understanding of how biofilms are formed and maintained, including how to study biofilms

  • Week 4: Biofilm specific phenotypes: the matrix, antibiotic and host tolerance and density regulated phenotypes (quorum sensing)

  • Week 5: Biofilms in disease: types of chronic infections

  • Week 6: Host response toward biofilm infections

  • Week 7:Diagnosis of biofilms

  • Week 8: Treatment of biofilms

  • Week 9: Biofilms in disease vs. Natural habitats

  • Week 10: Exam

English Language Requirements

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

Academic level

All applicants must have a microbiological background on at least BSc level.

Tuition Fee


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