Microbiology with Laboratory

Microbiology with Laboratory Syllabus


  • Course Code: BIO 251A, BIO 251AL

    Transcript:

    Yes. Your transcript will come from the records office at United States University. They are regionally accredited and award semester credits.

    Credits: 4 Semester

    Transfer: 4 year degree applicable

    Your college will require any class you wish to transfer to them to be from a regionally accredited college that awards academic semester or quarter credits.They will also want the course description of the course to match their own. United States University is regionally accredited and issues academic semester credits. Our course description will match or exceed your college's description; thus, your college will most likely accept the course and apply it towards your degree. If you would like pre-approval from your school, please send your counselor or registrar's office the link at the bottom of this page.Your college may be one of the many schools that we are associated with, so check the Associated School link before asking for pre-approval. (K-12 use)

    Enrollment Schedule:

    Enroll any day of the year, and start that same day. Students have five months of access, plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. Students can finish the self-paced courses as soon as they are able. Most students finish the lower level courses in 4 - 8 weeks. The upper level math classes, such as Calculus and above, usually take students 3-4 months. (Note: The 30-day extension cannot take your total course time six months beyond the date of enrollment. At the end of the six months, we must post a grade with the university.)

    Required Textbook:

    Yes, this course requires a textbook.
    The embedded etext within the Pearson account is:
    Tortora/Funke/Case, Microbiology: An Introduction, 11e -Gerard J. Tortora, Berdell R. Funke, Christine L. Case

    Grading Mode:

    Standard letter grade.

    Proctored Final: Yes

    Description

    This course is an Introduction to microorganisms as biological entities. Topics include microscopy, cell structures and functions, metabolism, genetics, disease transmission, host response to microbial invasion, control of infectious disease, impact of microbes on the environment and applications of microorganisms to industrial and environmental problems.
    Prerequisite: Introductory or General Biology with a grade of C or better.

    Learning Outcomes

    At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:

    1. Describe historical aspects of microorganisms' impacts on human societies.
    2. Describe fundamental characteristics of major groups of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
    3. Describe the fundamental requirements for growth and replication of microorganisms.
    4. Discuss methods of control of bacterial and viral growth.
    5. Compare the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
    6. Explain pathogenic features of disease causing microbes.
    7. Describe the basic immune response to infection by microbial agents.
    8. Perform a range of core microbiological techniques.

    Lab Description

    This is the laboratory part of Microbiology and is taken in conjunction with the main course. An introduction to common laboratory techniques and the process of science is presented. The laboratory experiments are designed to complement the topics presented in the companion lecture course.

    Lab Objectives

    At the successful completion of the laboratory part of this course, student will be able to:

    1. Understand laboratory safety and know how to apply safe practices in the laboratory as well as the correct handling of biological specimens.
    2. Prepare, identify and interpret stained slides of bacteria.
    3. Understand the basic microbiological techniques: concept of aseptic work, cultivation and identification of microorganism.
    4. Culture bacteria from common surfaces and substrates.
    5. Distinguish between good and bad microbes.
    6. Test microbial susceptibility using different chemical agents.
    7. Identify samples of unknown bacteria using deductions and systematic testing.

    Lab Activities

    The Microscope (MicoLab Tutors)
    Safety (Lab Techniques Videos & MicroLab Tutor)
    Examination of living microorganisms
    Gram Stain (Lab Techniques Videos & Microlab Tutors)
    Carbohydrate Metabolism/Catabo (Lab Techniques Videos)
    Differential Stains (Lab Techniques Videos)
    ELISA (Lab Techniques Videos)
    Enzymatic Tests: Lipase & Amylase (Lab Techniques Videos)
    Aseptic Technique (Lab Techniques Videos)
    Serial Dilutions (MicoLab Tutors)
    Simple Stains (Lab Techniques Videos)
    Negative Stains (Lab Techniques Videos)
    Blood Typing (Interactive Lab)
    Bacterial Transformations (Interactive Lab)
    Gel Electrophoresis (Interactive Lab)
    Investigating Bacterial Growth (Interactive Lab)

    Methods of Evaluation:

    Quizzes 35%
    Midterm 20%
    Homework 20%
    Proctored Final Exam 25%
    (You must get at least 60% on this final in order to pass the class with a C or better.)

    Laboratory:
    Lab Practical 35%
    Lab Quizzes 40%
    Proctored Lab Final 25%

    Proctored Final: 25%

    This course go towards a degree which means it must have a proctored final. Your college is accepting this course because it goes through a regionally accredited university, which tells them the class will have a proctored final, and the 60% rule will apply. Your college will not accept a class from a school that is not regionally accredited, because they know these standards won't be met.

    The final exam must be proctored at college testing center or a Sylvan Learning Center. A valid driver's license or State ID must be shown at the testing center. An expired license or State ID will not be accepted. Use this link to help you find a college testing center or Sylvan Learning center near your home: Proctored Final

    The final exam is a comprehensive final covering all of the chapters of the course. Other than scratch paper, you may view the "Authorized Materials" list for the final exam for each class.

    • Students must obtain a 60% or better on the final exam in order to get a C or better in the class.
    • Students that obtain a grade of an F on the final can receive at most a D in the class. Students that obtain a D on the final can receive at most a C in the class. Students that obtain a C on the final can receive at most a B in the class.

    The 60% rule was set in place to protect the integrity of online math education by requiring a display of competency in exchange for a grade. All schools which are regionally accredited adhere to online standards. Your college is accepting this course because it goes through a regionally accredited university, which tells your college that standards have been met. Your college will not accept a class from a school that is not regionally accredited, because they know the standards won't be met.

    Assessment:

    A 90-100 A Clearly stands out as excellent performance and, exhibits mastery of learning outcomes.
    B 80-89 B Grasps subject matter at a level considered to be good to very good, and exhibits partial mastery of learning outcomes.
    C 70-79 C Demonstrates a satisfactory comprehension of the subject matter, and exhibits sufficient understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
    D 60-69 D Quality and quantity of work is below average and exhibits only partial understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
    F 0-59 F Quality and quantity of work is below average and not sufficient to progress.

    Course Content Menu:

    Part 1

    FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY

    Chapters Chapter Quiz
    1   The Microbial World and You Chapter 1 Quiz
    2   Chemical Principles Chapter 2 Quiz
    3   Observing Microorganisms Through a Microscope Chapter 3 Quiz
    4   Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells Chapter 4 Quiz
    5   Microbial Metabolism Chapter 5 Quiz
    6   Microbial Growth Chapter 6 Quiz
    7   The Control of Microbial Growth Chapter 7 Quiz
    8   Microbial Genetics Chapter 8 Quiz
    9   Biotechnologies and Recombinant DNA Chapter 9 Quiz

    Part 2

    A SURVEY OF THE MICROBIAL WORLD

    Chapters Chapter Quiz
    10   Classification of Microorganisms Chapter 10 Quiz
    11   The Prokaryotes:   Domains Bacteria and Archaea Chapter 11 Quiz
    12   The Eukaryotes:   Fungi, Algae, Protozoa, and Helminths Chapter 12 Quiz
    13   Viruses, Viroids, and Prions Chapter 13 Quiz

    Part 3

    INTERACTION BETWEEN MICROBE AND HOST

    Chapters Chapter Quiz
    14   Principles of Disease and Epidemiology Chapter 14 Quiz
    15   Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity Chapter 15 Quiz
    16   Innate Immunity:   Nonspecific Defenses of the Host Chapter 16 Quiz
    17   Adaptive Immunity:   Specific Defenses of the Host Chapter 17 Quiz
    18   Practical Applications of Immunology Chapter 18 Quiz
    19   Disorders Associated with the Immune System Chapter 19 Quiz
    20   Antimicrobial Drugs Chapter 20 Quiz

    Part 4

    MICROORGANISMS AND HUMAN DISEASE

    Chapters Chapter Quiz
    21   Microbial Diseases of the Skin and Eyes Chapter 21 Quiz
    22   Microbial Diseases of the Nervous System Chapter 22 Quiz
    23   Microbial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems Chapter 23 Quiz
    24   Microbial Diseases of the Respiratory System Chapter 24 Quiz
    25   Microbial Diseases of the Digestive System Chapter 25 Quiz
    26   Microbial Diseases of the Urinary and Reproductive Systems Chapter 26 Quiz

    Part 5

    ENVIRONMENTAL AND APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY

    Chapters Chapter Quiz
    27   Environmental Microbiology Chapter 27 Quiz
    28   Applied and Industrial Microbiology Chapter 28 Quiz
    Final Exam

    Time on Task:

    This course is online and your participation at home is imperative. A minimum of 8 - 10 hours per week of study time is required for covering all of the online material to achieve a passing grade. You must set up a regular study schedule. You have five months of access to your online account with a thirty-day extension at the end if needed. If you do not complete the course within this time line, you will need to enroll in a second term.

    Schedule:

    Below is the suggested time table to follow to stay on a 17 week schedule for the course. The following schedule is the minimum number of sections that need to be completed each week if you would like to finish in a regular semester time frame. You do not have to adhere to this schedule. You have five months of access plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. You can finish the course as soon as you are able.


    WeekComplete Sections
    11 - 2
    23 - 4
    35 - 6
    47 - 8
    59 - 10
    6Midterm
    711
    812 - 13
    914 - 15
    1016 - 17
    1118 - 19
    1220 - 21
    1322 - 23
    1424 - 25
    1526 - 27
    1628
    17Final Exam

    -------------------------------------------Labs

    Week Complete Sections
    1 lab 1
    2 lab 2
    3 lab 3
    4 lab 4
    5 lab 5
    6 lab 6
    7 lab 7
    8 lab 8
    9 lab 9
    10 lab 10
    11 lab 11
    12 lab 12
    13 lab 13
    14 lab 14
    15 lab 15
    16 lab 16
    Final Exam

    Conduct Code:

    Code of Ethics:

    Regulations and rules are necessary to implement for classroom as well as online course behavior. Students are expected to practice honesty, integrity and respect at all times. It is the student's responsibility and duty to become acquainted with all provisions of the code below and what constitutes misconduct. Cheating is forbidden of any form will result in an F in the class.

    Respectful communications:

    When contacting Omega Math or Westcott Courses, you agree to be considerate and respectful. Communications from a student which are considered by our staff to be rude, insulting, disrespectful, harassing, or bullying via telephone, email, or otherwise will be considered a disrespectful communication and will result in a formal warning.

    We reserve the right to refuse service. If we receive multiple disrespectful communications from person(s) representing the student, or the student themselves, the student will be excluded from taking future courses at Westcott Courses/Omega Math.

    Grading information and proctored final policies:

    The grading rules are put in place to protect the integrity of online education by stopping grade inflation, which is done by demanding a display of competency in exchange for a grade. By agreeing to the terms of service agreement, you agree to read the 'Grading' Policy from within your account, and the 'Proctored Final Information' page, if applicable. You have 24 hours after your first log-in to notify us if you do not agree to the grading policy and proctored final policy ( if applicable ) outlined in the pages inside of your account, otherwise it is assumed that you agree with the policies. There are no exceptions to these policies, and the pretext of not reading the pages will not be deemed as a reasonable excuse to contest the policies.

    Examples of academic misconduct:

    Cheating: Any form of cheating will result in an F in the class. If there is an associated college attached to the course, that college will be notified of the F due to cheating and they will determine any disciplinary action.

    Any form of collaboration or use of unauthorized materials during a quiz or an exam is forbidden.

    By signing up for a course, you are legally signing a contract that states that the person who is named taking this course is the actual individual doing the course work and all examinations. You also agree that for courses that require proctored testing, that your final will be taken at a college testing center, a Sylvan Learning center, and the individual signed up for this course will be the one taking the test. Failure to do so will be considered a breach of contract.

    Other forms of cheating include receiving or providing un-permitted assistance on an exam or quiz; taking an exam for another student; using unauthorized materials during an exam; altering an exam and submitting it for re-grading; failing to stop working on the exam when the time is up; providing false excuses to postpone due dates; fabricating data or references, claiming that Westcott Courses/Omega Math lost your test and or quiz scores. This includes hiring someone to take the tests and quizzes for you.

    Unauthorized collaboration:

    Working with others on graded course work without specific permission of the instructor, including homework assignments, programs, quizzes and tests, is considered a form of cheating.

    Important Notes:

    This syllabus is subject to change and / or revision during the academic year. Students with documented learning disabilities should notify our office upon enrollment, as well as make sure we let the testing center know extended time is permitted. Valid documentation involves educational testing and a diagnosis from a college, licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.

  • Course Code: None

    Transcript:

    A certificate of completion is issued from Omega Math. This course under the non-credit option does not go through one of our partner universities; thus, a transcript is not included with the course.

    Credits: 0

    Certificate of Completion: Yes

    Transfer:

    If you would like to take this class for personal enrichment, the non-credit course is the exact same class as the credit course; it is just less expensive since it is not sent through our partner university for credit. If you want to transfer the course to your college, you will need to enroll under the semester credit option. If you would like pre-approval from your school, please send your counselor or registrar's office the link to this page. The non-credit courses can also be used to learn the material and then receive credit at a home college using Credit by Examination. (K-12 use)

    Enrollment Schedule:

    Enroll any day of the year, and start that same day. Students have five months of access, plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. Students can finish the self-paced courses as soon as they are able. Most students finish the lower level courses in 4 - 8 weeks. The upper level math classes, such as Calculus and above, usually take students 3-4 months. (Note: The 30-day extension cannot take your total course time six months beyond the date of enrollment. At the end of the six months, we must post a grade with the university.)

    Required Textbook:

    Yes, this course requires a textbook.
    The embedded etext within the Pearson account is:
    Tortora/Funke/Case, Microbiology: An Introduction, 11e -Gerard J. Tortora, Berdell R. Funke, Christine L. Case

    Grading Mode:

    Standard letter grade.

    Proctored Final: No

    Description

    This course is an Introduction to microorganisms as biological entities. Topics include microscopy, cell structures and functions, metabolism, genetics, disease transmission, host response to microbial invasion, control of infectious disease, impact of microbes on the environment and applications of microorganisms to industrial and environmental problems.
    Prerequisite: Introductory or General Biology with a grade of C or better.

    Learning Outcomes

    At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:

    1. Describe historical aspects of microorganisms' impacts on human societies.
    2. Describe fundamental characteristics of major groups of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
    3. Describe the fundamental requirements for growth and replication of microorganisms.
    4. Discuss methods of control of bacterial and viral growth.
    5. Compare the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
    6. Explain pathogenic features of disease causing microbes.
    7. Describe the basic immune response to infection by microbial agents.
    8. Perform a range of core microbiological techniques.

    Lab Description

    This is the laboratory part of Microbiology and is taken in conjunction with the main course. An introduction to common laboratory techniques and the process of science is presented. The laboratory experiments are designed to complement the topics presented in the companion lecture course.

    Lab Objectives

    At the successful completion of the laboratory part of this course, student will be able to:

    1. Understand laboratory safety and know how to apply safe practices in the laboratory as well as the correct handling of biological specimens.
    2. Prepare, identify and interpret stained slides of bacteria.
    3. Understand the basic microbiological techniques: concept of aseptic work, cultivation and identification of microorganism.
    4. Culture bacteria from common surfaces and substrates.
    5. Distinguish between Å“good and bad microbes.
    6. Test microbial susceptibility using different chemical agents.
    7. Identify samples of unknown bacteria using deductions and systematic testing.

    Lab Activities

    Lab1: Ames Test (Student Learning Outcome for Microbiology ((SLO) #8)
    Lab 2: Aseptic Technique (SLO #2)
    Lab 2: Bacterial Transformation (SLO #1, #4, #5, #7, #8)
    Lab 3: Carbohydrate Metabolism (SLO #3, #4, #8)
    Lab 4: Chemical control of growth (SLO #3, #4, #8)
    Lab 5: Differential Stains (SLO #6, #8)
    Lab 6: ELISA (SLO #6, #8)
    Lab 7: Environmental Sampling (SLO #1, #8)
    Lab 8: Enzymatic Tests: Lipase & Amylase (SLO #6, #8)
    Lab 9: Enzymatic Tests: Urease & Litmus Milk (SLO #6, #8)
    Lab 10: Examination of living microorganisms (SLO #2, #3, #5, #6, #7, #8)
    Lab 11: Gram Stain (SLO #6, #8)
    Lab 12: IMViC and Hydrogen Sulfide (SLO #8)
    Lab 13: Negative Stains (SLO #8)
    Lab 14: Physical Control of Growth (SLO #3, #4, #7, #8)
    Lab 15: Safety (SLO #8)
    Lab 16: Selective and Differential Media (SLO #4, #7, #8)
    Lab 17: Serial Dilutions (SLO #8)
    Lab 18: Simple Stains (SLO #8)
    Lab 19: Streak Plate Technique (SLO #2, #8)
    Lab 20: TSI
    Lab 21: The Microscope (SLO #5, #8)

    Methods of Evaluation:

    Quizzes 35%
    Midterm 20%
    Homework 20%
    Proctored Final Exam 25%
    (You must get at least 60% on this final in order to pass the class with a C or better.)

    Laboratory:
    Lab Practical 35%
    Lab Quizzes 40%
    Proctored Lab Final 25%

    Assessment:

    A 90-100 A Clearly stands out as excellent performance and, exhibits mastery of learning outcomes.
    B 80-89 B Grasps subject matter at a level considered to be good to very good, and exhibits partial mastery of learning outcomes.
    C 70-79 C Demonstrates a satisfactory comprehension of the subject matter, and exhibits sufficient understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
    D 60-69 D Quality and quantity of work is below average and exhibits only partial understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
    F 0-59 F Quality and quantity of work is below average and not sufficient to progress.

    Course Content Menu:

    Part 1

    FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY

    Chapters Chapter Quiz
    1   The Microbial World and You
    2   Chemical Principles
    3   Observing Microorganisms Through a Microscope
    4   Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells
    5   Microbial Metabolism
    6   Microbial Growth
    7   The Control of Microbial Growth
    8   Microbial Genetics
    9   Biotechnologies and Recombinant DNA

    Part 2

    A SURVEY OF THE MICROBIAL WORLD

    Chapters Chapter Quiz
    10   Classification of Microorganisms
    11   The Prokaryotes:   Domains Bacteria and Archaea
    12   The Eukaryotes:   Fungi, Algae, Protozoa, and Helminths
    13   Viruses, Viroids, and Prions

    Part 3

    INTERACTION BETWEEN MICROBE AND HOST

    Chapters Chapter Quiz
    14   Principles of Disease and Epidemiology
    15   Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity
    16   Innate Immunity:   Nonspecific Defenses of the Host
    17   Adaptive Immunity:   Specific Defenses of the Host
    18   Practical Applications of Immunology
    19   Disorders Associated with the Immune System
    20   Antimicrobial Drugs

    Part 4

    MICROORGANISMS AND HUMAN DISEASE

    Chapters Chapter Quiz
    21   Microbial Diseases of the Skin and Eyes
    22   Microbial Diseases of the Nervous System
    23   Microbial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
    24   Microbial Diseases of the Respiratory System
    25   Microbial Diseases of the Digestive System
    26   Microbial Diseases of the Urinary and Reproductive Systems

    Part 5

    ENVIRONMENTAL AND APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY

    Chapters Chapter Quiz
    27   Environmental Microbiology
    28   Applied and Industrial Microbiology

    Time on Task:

    This course is online and your participation at home is imperative. A minimum of 8 - 10 hours per week of study time is required for covering all of the online material to achieve a passing grade. You must set up a regular study schedule. You have five months of access to your online account with a thirty-day extension at the end if needed. If you do not complete the course within this time line, you will need to enroll in a second term.

    Schedule:

    Below is the suggested time table to follow to stay on a 17 week schedule for the course. The following schedule is the minimum number of sections that need to be completed each week if you would like to finish in a regular semester time frame. You do not have to adhere to this schedule. You have five months of access plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. You can finish the course as soon as you are able.


    WeekComplete Sections
    11 - 2
    23 - 4
    35 - 6
    47 - 8
    59 - 10
    611 -12
    713
    8Midterm covers chapters 1 - 13
    914 - 15
    1016 - 17
    1118 - 19
    1220 - 21
    1322 - 23
    1424 - 25
    1526 - 27
    1628
    17Final Exam

    -------------------------------------------Labs

    Week Complete Sections
    1 labs 1- 2
    2 4labs 3 -
    3 labs 5 - 6
    4 labs 7 - 8
    5 labs 9
    6 labs 10
    7 labs 11
    8 labs 12
    9 labs 13
    10 labs 14
    11 labs 15
    12 labs 16
    13 labs 17
    14 labs 18
    15 labs 19
    16 labs 20
    17 labs 21

    Conduct Code:

    Code of Ethics:

    Regulations and rules are necessary to implement for classroom as well as online course behavior. Students are expected to practice honesty, integrity and respect at all times. It is the student's responsibility and duty to become acquainted with all provisions of the code below and what constitutes misconduct. Cheating is forbidden of any form will result in an F in the class.

    Respectful communications:

    When contacting Omega Math or Westcott Courses, you agree to be considerate and respectful. Communications from a student which are considered by our staff to be rude, insulting, disrespectful, harassing, or bullying via telephone, email, or otherwise will be considered a disrespectful communication and will result in a formal warning.

    We reserve the right to refuse service. If we receive multiple disrespectful communications from person(s) representing the student, or the student themselves, the student will be excluded from taking future courses at Westcott Courses/Omega Math.

    Grading information and proctored final policies:

    The grading rules are put in place to protect the integrity of online education by stopping grade inflation, which is done by demanding a display of competency in exchange for a grade. By agreeing to the terms of service agreement, you agree to read the 'Grading' Policy from within your account, and the 'Proctored Final Information' page, if applicable. You have 24 hours after your first log-in to notify us if you do not agree to the grading policy and proctored final policy ( if applicable ) outlined in the pages inside of your account, otherwise it is assumed that you agree with the policies. There are no exceptions to these policies, and the pretext of not reading the pages will not be deemed as a reasonable excuse to contest the policies.

    Examples of academic misconduct:

    Cheating: Any form of cheating will result in an F in the class. If there is an associated college attached to the course, that college will be notified of the F due to cheating and they will determine any disciplinary action.

    Any form of collaboration or use of unauthorized materials during a quiz or an exam is forbidden.

    By signing up for a course, you are legally signing a contract that states that the person who is named taking this course is the actual individual doing the course work and all examinations. You also agree that for courses that require proctored testing, that your final will be taken at a college testing center, a Sylvan Learning center, and the individual signed up for this course will be the one taking the test. Failure to do so will be considered a breach of contract.

    Other forms of cheating include receiving or providing un-permitted assistance on an exam or quiz; taking an exam for another student; using unauthorized materials during an exam; altering an exam and submitting it for re-grading; failing to stop working on the exam when the time is up; providing false excuses to postpone due dates; fabricating data or references, claiming that Westcott Courses/Omega Math lost your test and or quiz scores. This includes hiring someone to take the tests and quizzes for you.

    Unauthorized collaboration:

    Working with others on graded course work without specific permission of the instructor, including homework assignments, programs, quizzes and tests, is considered a form of cheating.

    Important Notes:

    This syllabus is subject to change and / or revision during the academic year. Students with documented learning disabilities should notify our office upon enrollment, as well as make sure we let the testing center know extended time is permitted. Valid documentation involves educational testing and a diagnosis from a college, licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.