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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL


Microbiology - Non-Science Maj BIOL-2420

  • Fall 2013

  • Section SECTION_304 CRN-11983

  • 4 Credits

  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013

  • Modified 08/23/2013



Meeting Times


Lecture: MW 5:40-6:55PM (Rm S210)

Lab: MW 7:05-8:20PM (Rm S212)

Contact Information


Instructor: Victoria C. Sharpe

Rm #: S239

Phone #: Work - 979-209-7426; Home 979-690-6493

Office Hours: MW 3-5PM; TR 2:40-3:40PM

Email Address: vsharpe@blinn.edu

Description


Study of the morphology, physiology, and taxonomy of representative groups of pathogenic and nonpathogenic microorganisms. Pure cultures of microorganisms grown on selected media are used in learning laboratory techniques. Includes a brief preview of food microbes, public health, and immunology.

Requisites

Prerequisite: BIOL 1406 with a “C” or better or approval of the Division Chair on the relevant campus.

Core Curriculum Statement


This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.

Outcomes


  1. Summarize a history of microbiology.
  2. Describe the different types of cell and colony morphologies.
  3. Interpret selected metabolic processes carried out by cells and their essential role in sustaining life.
  4. Discuss the differences between a virus and a living organism.
  5. Identify the etiologic agent responsible for the pathogenesis of various diseases and describe the symptoms of these diseases and the response by the human immune system.
  6. Use various physical and chemical means for microbial control.
  7. Demonstrate the proficiency in using oil immersion technique.
  8. Analyze pure and mixed microbial specimens using determinative bacteriological techniques.

Materials


Bryan

Textbook: Microbiology: An Introduction, 11th Edition, Tortora, G.J., Funke, B.R., and Case, C.L. 2013, Pearson Publishing

Lab Manual: BIOL 2420 Microbiology Laboratory Manual, 2nd Edition, 2013. McNeil, M., Sharpe-Aparicio, E. and Sharpe, V., Bluedoor, LLC, .

Sharpe notes - download from Ecampus website

Course Requirements


All sections of this course regardless of location or modality will require:

  1. A minimum of three major exams
  2. A minimum of two laboratory exams
  3. A comprehensive final exam

Evaluation


The following are required components of a student’s final grade.

  1.  Major Exams: At least three major exams covering the lecture material, evenly distributed throughout the semester. Information from laboratory experiments may be included on major exams. Major exams will account for at least 30% of the final grade.
  2. Laboratory Exams: At least two laboratory exams on knowledge and skills acquired through laboratory activities. Laboratory exams will account for at least 20% of the final grade.
  3. Minor Exams/Quizzes/Homework: Given at the discretion of the instructor. These materials will account for approximately 10% of the final grade.
  4. Additional Reports or Projects: Given at the discretion of the instructor.
  5. Student participation is assessed through the various assignments and will count for at least 10% of the final grade.
  6. Final Exam: Comprehensive exam covering the entire course. The comprehensive final exam will account for at least 20% of the final grade.

Blinn College Policies


Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at www.blinn.edu/disability/index.html.

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Electronic Devices

All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies


*Please note that this course will not become part of the core curriculum until Fall 2014. 

Microorganisms causing diseases in man will be stressed. Mastery of laboratory techniques, and understanding concepts, processes and vocabulary will comprise a major part of lecture and lab tests. Medical applications are used where applicable to enable students to understand the relevance of the material which they are studying as well as to provide a foundation for future course work. Listed in the lab and lecture schedules, you will find a basic outline of topics covered during the semester - the times are approximate and should not be regarded as being set in concrete! Lab assignments will follow lecture assignments where possible.

LECTURE EXAMS: There will be three 100-point exams given which may be a combination of short answer, fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, identification, and essay. Makeup exams will be given at the discretion of the instructor and may differ from the tests given at the scheduled times. A cumulative lecture final will include some questions from the laboratory material, and will be given at the end of the semester. There will be no separate laboratory final. The lecture final is worth 200 points. No access to electronic equipment will be allowed during lecture exams.

LAB EXAMS: Three 100 point lab exams are scheduled throughout the semester. The exams will cover material previously covered in lab and will consist of fill in the blank, short answer, true or false, and labeling. There will not be a word bank nor will there be multiple choice options. You may drop your lowest lab exam grade. If you miss lab on the day of a lab exam for any reason, then that will be the lab exam you will drop for the semester. I will not give any makeup lab exams. Bottom line: if you manage your lab exams carefully, this system can help you improve your semester grade. However, if you intentionally skip one exam, and find that you cannot come to the other two lab exams, you will lose 100 points.

UNKNOWNS: There will be four unknowns assigned during the semester. The first two will be pure unknowns and will be worth 50 points each.  These will be performed with a team of approximately three students.  The third will be performed individually, and will be worth 100 points. The fourth unknown will be a eukaryotic parasite unknown and will be performed individually.  This unknown will be worth 50 points. The unknowns, then, will be worth a total of 250 points.

EXTRA CREDIT: Each semester there is an opportunity to earn extra credit points. As these projects vary from semester to semester, they will be discussed in class.

 9. CRITERIA FOR GRADING:

Item

Points

3 Lecture Exams

300

3 Lab Exams (drop 1)

200

Unknowns I, II, III and IV

150

Homework and Quizzes

  50

Final Exam

200

Extra Credit

?? (up to 30 points)

YOUR COURSE AVERAGE  = YOUR TOTAL POINTS  X 100 = __________%

                                                                    900

A = > 90%; B = > 80%; C = > 70%; D = > 60%; F = < 60%

Schedule


Date

Chapter no.

Chapter Title

Aug 26

1

Intro History of Microbiology/Medicine

Aug 28

1,3

Ch. 1, cont.; Observing Microorganisms Through a Microscope

Sept 4

4

Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells

Sept 9

4

Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells, cont.

Sept 11

5

Microbial Metabolism

Sept 16

5

Microbial Metabolism, cont.

Sept 18

6

Microbial Growth

Sept 23

Lecture Exam I

 

Sept 25

7

The Control of Microbial Growth

Sept 30

8

Microbial Genetics

Oct 2

9

Biotechnology

Oct 7

10

Classification of Microorganisms

Oct 9

11

The Prokaryotes: Domains Bacteria and Archaea

Oct 14

12

The Eukaryotes: Fungi, Algae, Protozoa, and Helminths

Oct 16

13

The Viruses

Oct 21

14

Principles of Disease and Epidemiology

Oct 23

15

Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity

Oct 28

Lecture Exam II

 

Oct 30

16

Innate Immunity: Nonspecific Defenses of the Host

Nov 4

17

Adaptive Immunity: Specific Defenses of the Host

Nov 6

18

Practical Applications of Immunology

Nov 11

19

Disorders Associated With the Immune System

Nov 13

20

Antimicrobial Drugs

Nov 15

 

Last Day to Q Drop

Nov 18

21

Microbial Diseases of the Skin and Eyes

Nov 20

22

Microbial Diseases of the Nervous System

Nov 25

Lecture Exam III

 

Dec 2

23

Microbial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems

Dec 4

24

Microbial Diseases of the Respiratory Systems

Dec 9

25, 26

Microbial Diseases of the Digestive System;

Microbial Diseases of the Urinary and Reproductive System

Dec 11

Final Exam

Sect. 302: 3:15 – 5:15PM in S212 (lab)

Sect. 304: 5:30 – 7:30PM in S210 (lecture)

 

Date

Lab #

Activity Title

Assigned Lab Activities

Aug 26

1

General Lab Safety;

Ubiquity of Microbes

1,2,3

Aug 28

2

Aseptic Transfer of Microbes;

Identifying Bacteria: The Quadrant Streak Plate Technique;

4 Common Ways that Plates Become Contaminated

4,5

Sept 4

3

Quantifying Bacteria: The Pour Plate Technique

6

Sept 9

4

The Pour Plate Technique, cont;

Stain Techniques; The Gram Stain and Simple Stain

11,12

Sept 11

5

Viewing Bacteria;  Stain Techniques Viewing Bacteria Using the Microscope; Oil Immersion Technique

10

Sept 16

6

Characteristics of Bacteria; Colony Characteristics

7; Review for Lab Exam I

Sept 18

7

Lab Exam I

 

Sept 23

8

Control of Microbial Growth

8, 9

Sept 25

9

Control of Microbial Growth, cont.

 

Sept 30

10

Identifying G(+) Pathogenic Staphylococci and Streptococci

15,16,18,19,20,21

Oct 2

11

Identifying G(+) Staphylococci and Streptococci; cont.

                    Hand Out Unknown I

15,16,18,19,20,24

Oct 7

12

Work on Unknown I

 

Oct 9

13

Identifying Pathogenic G(+) Bacilli

22,24,25,26; Work on Unknown I

Oct 14

14

Identifying Pathogenic G(+) Bacilli, cont.;

Work on Unknown I

Oct 16

15

Identifying G(-) Pathogenic Bacteria;

                     Hand out Unknown II

24,27,28,29

Oct 21

16

Identifying G(-) Pathogens, cont.

30,31; Work on Unknown II;  Unknown I Lab Report Due

Oct 23

17

Identifying G(-) Pathogens, cont.

 

29; Work on Unknown II

Oct 28

18

Identifying G(-) Pathogens, cont.

Hand out Unknown III

Work on Unknown II; Review for Lab Exam II

Oct 30

19

                             Lab Exam II

 

Nov 4

20

Work on Unknown III

Unknown II Lab Report Due

Nov 6

21

Work on Unknown III

 

Nov 11

22

Work on Unknown III

 

Nov 13

23

Eukaryotic Parasites: The Fungi

                   Hand out Unknown IV

34

Nov 18

24

Eukaryotic Parasites: The Protozoans

35; Unknown III Lab Report Due

Nov 20

25

Eukaryotic Parasites: The Helminths

36

Nov 25

26

Catch Up; Work on Unknown IV

 

Dec 2

27

Finish Tortora Ch. 23 in Lab

Unknown IV Lab Report Due

Dec 4

28

Lab Exam III

 

Dec 9

29

Tortora Chapter 26