INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Genetics and Bioengineering Master With Thesis
2014-2015

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 502 Bioterrorism Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 6 3 144 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Mirsada Hukić, Prof. Dr. Mirsada Hukić, Prof. Dr.
[email protected] no email

Students should gain an understanding and appreciation for issues impacting bioterrorism as a global risk and serious threat as well as Biodefense-prevention and response. These include knowing about weapons of mass destruction, bioterrorism, characteristics of pathogens that can be used as weapons, the theory behind lab and field techniques used for detection and identification of these pathogens, public health preparedness and response to a bioterrorist event.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
Students should gain an understanding and appreciation for issues impacting bioterrorism as a global risk and serious threat as well as Biodefense-prevention and response. These include knowing about weapons of mass destruction, bioterrorism, characteristics of pathogens that can be used as weapons, the theory behind lab and field techniques used for detection and identification of these pathogens, , public health preparedness and response to a bioterrorist event, and most importantly, how the public can be educated about and prepare for bioterrorism.
The objective of this course is education and raising awareness of the scientists, experts, public health officials and decision makers a comprehensive understanding of the history, impact, issues, and future directions associated with biologic threats to human, animal, and plant health.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Terrorism and weapons of mass destruction
  2. Bioterrorism as a global risk and serious threat
  3. History of bioweapons
  4. Bioterrorism: types, effectiveness, dissemination routes and consequences
  5. Types of biological weapons: pathogens as a weapons
  6. Bacterial, Viral, Fungal Agents and Toxins
  7. Trends in bioterrorism: genetic engineering and biotechnology in improvement of bioweapons
  8. Agro-terrorism
  9. GMO as bioweapons
  10. Detection and identification of biological agents
  11. Public Health Preparedness and Lab Networks
  12. Biosafety and Biosecurity
  13. Partnership of public health, police, military sectors in response to biological attack
  14. Crisis communication in response to B attack
  15. Bioterrorism and mental health

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Seminar
    • Project
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Quiz10
    Homework10
    Project20
    Midterm Exam(s)120
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Working knowledge of potential biological threat agents
    • Understanding of procedures and methods to safely and securely work with these agents in the laboratory
    • Focus on public health preparedness, surveillance systems and federal government
    TEXTBOOK(S)
    • HUKIĆ M i saradnici. Prevencija i kontrola infekcija u zdravstvenim ustanovama (Prevention and control ofinfectionsin health care facilities). Sarajevo: TDP Sarajevo, 2010.
    • Ristanović,E. Bioterorizam (Bioterrorism). ISBN978-86-335-0362-4Beograd:MC Odbrana,2013(electronic book)
    • Websites:
    • http://www.bt.cdc.gov (This is an excellent resource for information on bioterrorism select agents and public health emergency preparedness and response.)
    • http://www.hopkins-biodefense.org (This is the website for the Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies)

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14342
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14228
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination11515
    Preparation for Final Examination12020
    Assignment / Homework/ Project11515
    Seminar / Presentation12020
    Total Workload: 144
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6