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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL


Microbiology - Non-Science Maj BIOL-2420

  • Spring 2014

  • Section SECTION_301 CRN-21280

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014

  • Modified 01/13/2014



Meeting Times


BIOL 2420-301: MW 10:35AM – 11:50AM (Lecture, S-210); MW 12:00Noon – 1:15PM (Lab, S-212)

 

 

Contact Information


INSTRUCTOR: Victoria Sharpe OFFICE: S239 PHONE # - Work: 979-209-7426 Home: 979-690-6493

OFFICE HOURS: MW 2:30PM – 3:30PM, TR 1:00PM – 2:30PM, or by appointment

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,

Course Requirements


COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

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.

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 25 points each. These will be worked on in teams. The third unknown will be performed individually, and will be worth 100 points. The fourth unknown will be a eukaryotic parasite and will also be performed individually.  This unknown will be worth 50 points. The unknowns, then, will be worth a total of 200 points.

HOMEWORK/QUIZZES: Homework and quizzes will be assigned every week.  Part of this grade will come from the mastering microbiology quizzes.  We will talk more about these in class. The homework and quizzes will be worth approximately 1-5 points each, and will total 100 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.

ADA STATEMENT: Students with physical or learning disabilities must present documentation from the Office of Disability Services (new address: Disabilities Services, Administration Bldg.) to receive accommodation on exams and assignments. Accommodation is not retroactive.

 

 

Evaluation


 

CRITERIA FOR GRADING:

Item

Points

3 Lecture Exams

300

3 Lab Exams (drop 1)

200

Unknowns I, II, and III and IV

200

Homework and Quizzes

 100

Final Exam

200

Extra Credit

?? (up to 50 points)

 

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

                                                                    1000

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

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

Cellular telephones and beepers/pagers must be disengaged while the student is in the Blinn College Library or any classroom/lab, unless otherwise instructed. 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


Problem Resolution:  If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try and resolve the problems or issues.  If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you should request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science Bldg., Rm. 241, dbohlmeyer@blinn.edu .

Health concerns: Eating or drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.  Close-toed shoes are required in the laboratory.

Attendance Policy Reminder: Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence. For classes that meet twice a week during the spring semester two absences counts as one week's absence. Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.

Schedule


Course Content and Calendar: MW Lecture Schedule Spring 2014

Date

Chapter   no.

Chapter   Title

Jan 13

1

Intro History of Microbiology/Medicine

Jan 15

1,3

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

Jan 20

Holiday

 

Jan 22

4

Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells

Jan 27

4

Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells, cont.

Jan 29

5

Microbial Metabolism

Feb 3

5

Microbial Metabolism, cont.

Feb 5

6

Microbial Growth

Feb 10

Lecture Exam I

 

Feb 12

7

The Control of Microbial Growth

Feb 17

8

Microbial Genetics

Feb 19

9

Biotechnology

Feb 24

10

Classification of Microorganisms

Feb 26

11

The Prokaryotes: Domains Bacteria and Archaea

Mar 3

12

The Eukaryotes: Fungi, Algae, Protozoa, and Helminths

Mar 5

13

The Viruses

Mar 8-16

Spring Break

 

Mar 17

14

Principles of Disease and Epidemiology

Mar 19

15

Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity

Mar 24

Lecture Exam II

 

Mar 26

16

Innate Immunity: Nonspecific Defenses of the Host

Mar 31

17

Adaptive Immunity: Specific Defenses of the Host

Apr 2

18

Practical Applications of Immunology

Apr 7

19

Disorders Associated With the Immune System

Apr 9

20

Antimicrobial Drugs

Apr 11

 

Last Day to Drop With a “Q”

Apr 14

21

Microbial Diseases of the Skin and Eyes

Apr 16

22

Microbial Diseases of the Nervous System

Apr 21

Lecture Exam III

 

Apr 23

23

Microbial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems

Apr 28

24

Microbial Diseases of the Respiratory Systems

Apr 30

25, 26

Microbial Diseases of the Digestive System;

Microbial Diseases of the Urinary and Reproductive System

May 5

Final Exam

Sect. 301: Monday, May 5th @ 10:15AM in S210 (lecture)

 


 

 

                                                                MW Lab Schedule Spring 2014

Date

Lab   #

Activity   Title

Assigned   Lab Activities

Jan 13

1

General Lab Safety;

Ubiquity of Microbes

1,2,3

Jan 15

2

Aseptic Transfer of Microbes;

Identifying Bacteria: The Quadrant Streak Plate Technique;

4 Common Ways that Plates Become Contaminated

4,5

Jan 22

3

Quantifying Bacteria: The Pour Plate Technique

6

Jan 27

4

The Pour Plate Technique, cont;

Stain Techniques; The Gram Stain and Simple Stain

11,12

Jan 29

5

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

10

Feb 3

6

Characteristics of Bacteria; Colony Characteristics

7; Review for Lab Exam I

Feb 5

7

Lab Exam I

 

Feb 10

8

Control of Microbial Growth

8, 9

Feb 12

9

Control of Microbial Growth, cont.

 

Feb 17

10

Identifying G(+) Pathogenic Staphylococci and Streptococci

15,16,18,19,20,21

Feb 19

11

Identifying G(+) Staphylococci and Streptococci; cont.

                    Hand Out Unknown   I

15,16,18,19,20,24

Feb 24

12

Work on Unknown I

 

Feb 26

13

Identifying Pathogenic G(+) Bacilli

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

Mar 3

14

Identifying Pathogenic G(+) Bacilli, cont.;

Work on Unknown I

Mar 5

15

Identifying G(-) Pathogenic Bacteria;

                     Hand out   Unknown II

24,27,28,29

Mar 17

16

Identifying G(-) Pathogens, cont.

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

Mar 19

17

Identifying G(-) Pathogens, cont.

 

29; Work on Unknown II

Mar 24

18

Identifying G(-) Pathogens, cont.

Hand out Unknown III

Work on Unknown II; Review for Lab Exam II

Oct 29

19

                             Lab Exam II

 

Mar 31

20

Work on Unknown III

Unknown II Lab Report Due

Apr 2

21

Work on Unknown III

 

Apr 7

22

Work on Unknown III

 

Apr 9

23

Eukaryotic Parasites: The Fungi

                   Hand out   Unknown IV

34

Apr 14

24

Eukaryotic Parasites: The Protozoans

35; Unknown III Lab Report Due

Apr 16

25

Eukaryotic Parasites: The Helminths

36

Apr 21

26

Catch Up; Work on Unknown IV

 

Apr 23

27

Finish Tortora Ch. 23 in Lab

Unknown IV Lab Report Due

Apr 28

28

Lab Exam III

 

Apr 30

29

Tortora Chapter 26

 

 

 

CALENDAR FOR MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS AND EXAMS:

Major   Assignment

Date

Lab Exam I

Feb 5

Lecture Exam I

Feb 10

Unknown I Lab Report Due

Mar 17

Lecture Exam II

Mar 24

Lab Exam II

Mar 26

Unknown II Lab Report Due

Mar 31

Unknown III Lab Report Due

April 14

Lecture Exam III

April 21

Unknown IV Lab Report Due

April 23

Lab Exam III

April 28

Final Exam

May 5

 

Last Modified: 1/10/14