Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
3+2 Genetics and Bioengineering

Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 502 Bioterrorism Graduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 6 3 150 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Mirsada Hukić, Prof. Dr. Mirsada Hukić, Prof. Dr.
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By taking this course, graduates should gain an understanding and appreciation of issues impacting bioterrorism as a global risk and a serious threat, as well as biodefense – prevention and response to bioterrorism. The topics covered in the course include knowledge about weapons of mass destruction, characteristics and types of pathogens that can be used as biological 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 public can be educated about and prepared for bioterrorism.

The cognitive, affective and behavioral objectives of this course are following:
Educating and raising awareness of the scientists, experts, public health officials and decision makers.
Giving a comprehensive understanding of the history, impact, issues, and future directions associated with biologic
threats to human, animal, and plant health.
Enabling graduates to work with biological threat agents in a safe environment

  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


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Guest instructor
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Class Deliverables130
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Argue potential biological threat agents
    • Plan procedures and methods to safely and securely work with these agents in the laboratory
    • Summarize public health preparedness, surveillance systems, and federal networks
    • Recognize problems associated with bioterrorism
    • Predict the effect of genetic engineering and biotechnology on the improvement of bioweapons
    • Henderson, D. A., & Inglesby, T. V. (2002). Bioterrorism: guidelines for medical and public health management. O. T. Tara
    • Jeanne (Ed.). Chicago: American Medical Association

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15345
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15230
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination11010
    Preparation for Final Examination12020
    Assignment / Homework/ Project12121
    Seminar / Presentation12020
    Total Workload: 150
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6