Course Abstract Details

BIOL-215, Microbiology

Credits: 4

Course Description

BIOL-215, Microbiology, is an introduction to the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa and their interrelationships with humans. General microbiological principles such as microbial structure, growth, metabolism, and genetics are applied to medically related topics such as the pathogenicity and control of microorganisms as well as body defense mechanisms and the immune response. The lab stresses the importance of basic microbiology lab techniques and clinical applications including slide preparation and microscopy, aseptic technique, and biochemical and serological testing for microorganisms. Both lecture and lab relate current microbiological principles to a better understanding of the
infectious disease process. Prerequisite: BIOL-101 or an equivalent college biology course with a C grade or better within the last 5 years. Credit by exam available. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week. Four credits. Four billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

1. Discuss the structure of microorganisms and relate those structures to pathogenicity and control of infection. (GE1, GE2, GE3, PG2, PG 3)
2. Describe ways in which microorganisms and their environment interact with and modify each other. (GE1, GE2, GE3, PG2, PG3)
3. Examine microbial growth requirements and metabolism and relate to physical, chemical and antimicrobial control of microbial populations. (GE1, GE3, PG2, PG3 )
4. Explain how genetic variations and gene expression can impact microbial growth and function (GE1, GE3, PG2, PG3)
5. Describe microbial evolution and diversity in terms of mutations, gene transfer, and human environmental influences (GE1, GE2, GE3, PG2, PG3)
6. Describe ways in which humans utilize and harness microorganisms and their products (GE1, GE2, GE3, PG2, PG 3)
7. Explain nonspecific body defenses and the immune responses and apply this understanding to the infectious disease process as well as the prevention and control of infectious diseases. (GE1, GE3, PG3)
8. Effectively communicate fundamental concepts of microbiology through independent research of credible scientific sources. (GE1, GE4, PG1, PG3)
9. Develop an information base for personal and global health decisions in regard to infectious diseases. (GE2, GE3, GE4, GE6, GE7, PG2)
10. Demonstrate appropriate laboratory safety, skills, and techniques related to the isolation, staining, identification, assessment of metabolism, and control of microorganisms. (GE2, GE3, GE4, PG2)
11. Develop the ability to work both independently and with others in the laboratory to communicate appropriate conclusions from laboratory experiences and case studies. (GE2, GE3, GE4, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4)

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Discuss the structure of bacterial cells and relationships to pathogenicity and control of infection. (GE1, GE3, PG4)

2. Discuss bacterial metabolism, including growth requirements, energy production, genetics, DNA replication and protein synthesis and their relationships to pathogenicity and control of infection. (GE1, GE3, PG1, PG4)

3. Discuss viral and fungal structure and life cycles. (GE1, GE3, PG4)

4. Discuss physical, chemical and antibiotic control of microbial populations. (GE1, GE3, PG4)

5. Discuss human defense mechanisms and the immune response. (GE1, GE3, PG4)

6. Integrate this information into an understanding of various specific infectious diseases and their treatments. . (GE2, GE3, GE4, PG1, PG4)

7. Carry out a variety of standard laboratory procedures and interpret the results. (GE2, GE3, GE4, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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