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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Microbiology - Non-Science Maj BIOL-2420

  • Spring 2014

  • Section SECTION_303 CRN-21282

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014

  • Modified 01/16/2014

Meeting Times


Monday, Wednesday, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM, S210


Monday, Wednesday, 5:40 PM to 6:55 PM, S212

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Shawanda Stanford

Office: S117
Phone: (979)209-8284

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, 6:55 PM to 7:25 PM

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

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

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.

ATTENDANCE/TARDY: There is a 10 minute grace period for lecture and lab. Anyone who comes into class after that 10 minute grace period will be counted as absent for the day. If you are there within that 10 minute period you will recieve a tardy. Three tardies will count as an unexcused absence. Anyone who leaves before class is over without prior authorization will be counted as absent. Attendance is mandatory and necessary for successful completion of the course.

LECTURE EXAMS: There will be four 100-point exams given which may be a combination of short answer, fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, identification, true/false, 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 any 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 but there might be some multiple choice options.  I will not give any makeup lab exams. Only 1 exam may be dropped but it can be either the lecture or lab exam.

UNKNOWNS: There will be three unknowns assigned during the semester. The first two will be pure unknowns and will be worth 25 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 unknowns, then, will be worth a total of 150 points.

HOMEWORK/QUIZZES: There will be various homework and quiz assignments throughout the semester that will be on-line. Points range from 5-20 depending on the assignment. On-line work will be given spontaneously and advanced notice of the due date will be given. These count as your participation points.

Extra Credit: There will be opportunities to gain extra points throughout the semester based on classroom performance on exams. If extra credit points are given then there will not be a curve at the end of the semester.





4 Lecture Exams


3 Lab Exams


Unknowns I, II, and III


Homework and Quizzes


Final Exam




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





Lecture Chapter/Topic

Lab Activity/Topic


Ch 1 Microbes and You/History

Lab 1 General Lab Safety

Lab 2 Lab Equipment & Media

Lab 3 Ubiquity of Bacteria


Ch 1 History Cont...

Ch 3 Microscopy

Lab 4 Aseptic Transfer of Microbes

Lab 5 Isolating Bacteria: The Quadrant Streak

Lab 7 Colony Characteristics


Martin Luther King Day

No Class


Ch 3 Microscopy cont….

Ch 4 Cell Structure and Function

Lab 10/11 Viewing Bacteria: Stain techniques and Microscopy


Ch 5 Bacterial Metabolism

Lab 12/13 Simple, Negative, and Capsular Stain


Ch 5 cont....

Lab 12/13 cont...


Ch 6 Microbial Growth

Lab Exam I


Ch 6 cont...

Ch 7 Control of Microbial Growth

Lab 8 Control of Microbial growth


Lecture Exam I, Ch 1, 3-7

Lab 15, 16, 18-21 Indentifying Gm+ Pathogenic Strep/Staph


Ch 20 Antimicrobial Drugs

Ch 8 Bacterial Genetics

Recieve unknown #1

Lab 15, 16, 18-20, 24 Identifying Gm+ Pathogenic Strep/Staph cont...


Ch 8 cont…

Ch 9 Biotechnology

work on unknown #1


Ch 10 Classification of Microorganisms

work on unknown #1

Lab 22, 24-26 Identifying Gm+ Bacilli


Ch 11 Prokaryotes

Ch 12 Eukaryotes

work on unknown #1

Lab 22, 24-26 cont...


Ch 13 Viruses & Prions

Unknown #1 Lab Report Due

Lab 24, 27-29 Identifying Gm- Pathogens


Lecture Exam II, Ch 8-13, 20

Lab 30/31 Identyfying Gm- Pathogens cont...

Recieve unknown #2



Ch 14 Disease & Epidemiology

Work on unknown #2





Ch 15 Pathogenecity

Lab 29 Identifying Gm- Pathogens cont...

work on unknown #2


Ch 16 Innate Immunity

Recieve unknown #3

work on unknown #2

Identifying Gm- Pathogens cont...


Ch 17 Acquired Immunity

Ch 18 Vaccines (pp. 505-511)

Lab exam II

work on unknown #2


Ch 21 Diseases of the Skin & Eyes

Receive Unknown #3


Completion of previous lecture

Unknown #2 Report Due

work on Unknown #3


Lecture Exam III, Ch 14-18, 21

Work on unknown #3


Ch 22 Diseases of the Nervous System

Work on unknown #3


Ch 23 Diseases of the Cardiovascular & Lymphatic Systems

Lab 34 The Fungal Pathogens


Ch 24 Diseases of the Resipiratory System

Unknown #3 Report Due

Lab 35 Arthropod vectors


Ch 25 Diseases of the Digestive Tract

Lab 36 Protozoan Parasites


Completion of previous lecture

Lab 37 Helminthic Parasites


Lecture Exam IV, Ch 22-25

Ch 26 Diseases of the Urinary & Reproductive Systems

Ch 19 HIV (pp. 544-554)


Ch 26 Diseases of the Urinary & Reproductive Systems

Ch 19 HIV (pp. 544-554)

Lab Exam III


Comprehensive Final Exam:

Rm S210 Friday, 3:15-5:15pm