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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Microbiology - Non-Science Maj BIOL-2420

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_305 CRN-11984
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/27/2013

Meeting Times

Lecture + Laboratory

  • Monday, Wednesday, 7:45 AM to 10:25 AM, S210 Lecture, S212 Lab

7:45am-9:00am lecture; 9:10am – 10:25am laboratory

Contact Information

Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Sharpe-Aparicio

Office Hours: MW 2:45am-3:15am & TT 11:00-1:00am, or by appointment


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.


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.


  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.



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, .


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


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

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

Tardiness: Class and lab begin on time and you are expected to be in class and lab on time.  If you enter the class or lab room within 10 minutes of the beginning of class you will be counted as tardy, after this time you will be counted as absent. If you are tardy to class 3 times during the semester, these will count as one absence.  If you have a known problem or time conflict that would not allow you to attend class on time please speak with the instructor before the tardiness occurs.



Lecture Chapter /Topic

Laboratory Activity/ Topic


Ch 1 Intro/History of Microbiology

Lab 1 General Lab Safety

Lab 2 Lab Equipment, Media

Lab 3 Ubiquity of Bacteria


Finish Ch 1/ Begin Ch 3 Microscopy

Lab 10 Microscopy


Ch  3 Microscopy

Lab 10 Microscopy

Lab 11 Intro to Smear Preparation & Simple Staining


Ch 4 Cell Structure & Function of Pro- & Eukaryote microorganisms

Lab 4 Aseptic Technique

Lab 5 Streak Plate Method

Lab 14 Cell Morphology & Cell Structures


Ch 5 Bacterial Metabolism

Lab 15 Growth Requirements of Bacteria as Homework

Lab 6 Quantification Pour Plate Technique

Lab 7 Colony Characteristics


Ch 6 Bacterial Reproduction & Growth

Complete Lab 6

Lab 12 &13 Gram, Negative, & Capsular Staining


Ch7 Control of Microorganisms

Chapter 20 (Tortora) Antimicrobial Drugs

Lab 8 Chemical Control of Microorganisms


Catch up on lecture/Ch 8 Bacterial Genetics

Finish Lab 8


Lecture Exam I, Ch 1,3-7

Ch 8 Bacterial Genetics

Lab Exam Review


Ch 8 Bacterial Genetics

Ch9 (Tortora) Biotechnology

Lab Exam 1 Labs 1-8,10-15 


Finish Ch9 Biotechnology

Lab 33 Eukaryote Taxonomy as Homework

Lab 34 The Fungal Pathogens


Ch10 Classification of Microorganisms

Lab 35 Arthropod vectors

Lab 36 The Protozoan Parasites


Ch11 (Tortora) The Prokaryotes

Ch 12The Eukaryotes

Lab 37 The Helminthic Parasites


Ch 13 (Tortora) Viruses & Prions


Catch up on lecture

Lab Exam Review


Lecture Exam 2, Ch 8-13

Lab Exam 2 Labs 33-37


Ch 14 Disease & Epidemiology

Handout Unknown #1: Gram (+).  Lab 12,13,14,16, 22, 23, & 32. Various staining, cultural characteristics, & catalase, work on unknown #1


Ch 15 Pathogenicity

Lab 18-21, 24-26 Coagulase, MSA, BA & hemolytic patterns, bile esculin, optochin, bacitracin, PR broth, nitrate reduction, motility, & work of unknown #1


Ch 16 Innate Immunity

Lab 32. Finish work on unknown #1: Flow chart & lab report requirements

Differential WBC ecampus handout


Ch 17 Acquired Immunity

Ch18 Vaccines pp 505-511.

Unknown #1 Lab Report Due

Handout Unknown #2: Gram (-).Lab 12, 13, 14, 27, & 32. Various staining, cultural characteristics, & oxidase


Chapter 20 Antimicrobial Drugs

Lab 25, 26, & 31.  Nitrate reduction, IMViC, motility & work on unknown #2


Lecture Exam 3, Ch 14-18 & 20

 Lab 24, 28--30 PR broth, MAC, TSIA , urea,& work on unknown #2


Ch21 Diseases of the Skin and Eyes

Lab 32. Finish work on unknown #2

Lab 32 Hand out final bacterial unknown review lab 32


Ch22 Diseases of the Nervous Sytem

Unknown #2 Lab Report Due.

Work on final unknown


Ch23 Diseases of the Cardiovascular & Lymphatic System

Lab Exam 3 Labs  12-14, 16, 18-21, 24-30, 32


Ch24 Diseases of the Respiratory System

Work on final unknown


Ch 25 Diseases of the Digestive Tract

Work on final unknown & review lab 32


Catch up on lecture

Unknown #3 Lab Report Due



Lecture Exam 4, Ch 21-25

Ch 19 HIV pp 544-554


Ch26 Diseases of the urinary & Reproductive System


Ch26 Diseases of the urinary & Reproductive System



Comprehensive Final Exam: Rm S210,

Thursday, 12/12, 7:45am-9:45am