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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL


Microbiology BIOL-2421

  • Summer II 2013

  • Section SECTION_322 CRN-40274

  • 4 Credits

  • 07/09/2013 to 08/06/2013

  • Modified 07/09/2013



Meeting Times


Lecture

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1:45 PM to 3:40 PM, Room S212

Laboratory

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 3:50 PM to 5:45 PM, Room S210

Contact Information


Instructor: Dr. Chris Allen

Email: ecampus
Office: S117
Phone: 209-7571

Office Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM, Room S117

Description


An introduction to the study of bacteria and other microorganisms. Topics include fundamentals of microbiology, microbial control, microbiology in everyday life, infection and host resistance and pathogenic organisms. Laboratory is devoted to various culturing and staining techniques.

Requisites

Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 with a grade of "C" or better. CHEM 1407 is recommended.

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: Alcamo’s Fundamentals of Microbiology, 9th Edition, Pommervile, J.C. 2010, Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Lab Manual: BIOL 2421 Microbiology Laboratory Manual, 1st Edition. McNeil, M., Sharpe-Aparicio, E. and Sharpe, V., Bluedoor, LLC, 2012.

 

Brenham

Textbook: Alcamo’s Fundamentals of Microbiology, 9th Edition, 2011. Jeffrey C. Pommerville, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA

Lab Manual: Microbiology in Practice, Custom Edition for Blinn College

Course Requirements


COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

 

Lecture Exams:

  • There will be 4 lecture exams each worth 100 points.  Only the top 3 exam grades will be counted.
  • Exams will cover chapters covered up through the lecture period before each exam.  The number of chapters to be covered in each exam will be announced in class.
  • Exams may include multiple choice questions, short-answer questions, fill-in-the-blank, and/or labeling diagrams,
  • All exams will be closed-book and closed-note and all electronic devices, including cell phones, must be turned off.
  • You will need a #2 pencil and a blank AccuScan Advantage Form #28980 (available @ Blinn Bookstore or Learning Center).
  • There are NO scheduled “make-up” lecture exams.  Any missed exam will count as the dropped exam.
  • After grading, the most-missed questions will be reviewed by the instructor during class.  You are encouraged come to my office during office hours to review any of your exams.

 

Laboratory Practical Assessments:

  • There will be 3 practical assessments of your understanding of laboratory procedures each worth 100 points. Only the top 2 exam grades will be counted.
  • These assessments will cover material previously covered in lab and will consist of short answer, fill-in-the-blank, or labeling questions. Rarely will you see multiple choice options and there will not be a word bank.
  • There are no scheduled “make-up” lab exams. Any missed exam will count as the dropped exam.

 

Class Participation:

Almost every week in class, there will be lecture quizzes, in-class assignments, homework assignments, or in-class discussions that will be used to measure your understanding of material that is being presented in lecture or lab. It is your responsibility as a student to be prepared every day for a possible assignment or in-class discussion and to keep up with the lecture and lab material.

  • Lecture Quizzes - These assessments will cover material from a previous lecture or assigned readings.  These in-class activities will be closed book and closed notes.  Each Lecture Quiz will be worth 10 points total for a total of 100 points towards your total points for the semester.  There will be at least twelve quizzes total, but only the top ten quizzes will be counted.  A grade of zero will be recorded for missed assessments, and there will be no “make-ups” offered.
  • Lab Homework – Most lab worksheets and review questions can be completed during the lab period or at home as a way for you to measure your understanding.  Some lab worksheets will require observation of bacteriological growth the following day before they can be completed.  It is your responsibility to complete these lab worksheets and review questions in preparation for possible grading by the instructor.  There will be a minimum of 10 lab assignments collected throughout the semester at the discretion of the instructor.  Each lab is worth five points (subjective) for a total of 50 points towards your total points for the semester.  If more than 10 lab assignments are taken up and graded, then the lowest lab assignments will be dropped.  Lab homework assignments that are turned in for a grade will be due at the beginning of the laboratory period.  Late assignments will not be accepted.  If you missed class and therefore missed turning in an assignment, that assignment will not be accepted upon your return (unless for an official Blinn excused absence).  There will be no makeup for missed assignments.

 

Identification of Bacteriological Unknowns:

Unknown bacterial organisms will be assigned to you during the semester. Your job will be to determine the genus and species of each unknown using techniques that you will learn in lab.

  • Gram Positive & Gram Negative Unknowns –These two unknowns will be presented on a single plate.  It is the responsibility of the student to separate the 2 unknowns and identify the genus and species name of each unknown organism.  A typed report will be turned in for each individual identified unknown based on the instructions provided in Lab 31.  Each report will be worth 75 points.

 

  • Details on the Unknown Reports are covered in Lab 31 and will be further discussed in class.  For these reports, a report form will be provided to the student by the instructor.  Reports must include the following in order to receive full credit:

 

  1. Completed report form for each organism
  2. Isolation Log
  3. Dichotomous Flow Chart (computer generated)
  4. Word document containing color photographs of all chemical reactions, isolated cultures and stains. All pictures must also have detailed figure legends.

 

  • Five points from group unknowns and 10 points from the individual unknown will be deducted from your lab report grade if you are absent/late when unknown organisms are handed out.  Other deductions may result due to student negligence and/or re-isolation of an unknown organism.
  • Unknown reports are always due at the beginning of Lecture on the assigned due date.  Late unknown reports will NOT be accepted.  If you know that you will be absent on one of the due dates, you may turn in your report early if you make arrangements with the instructor.  Lab Reports will be graded in a timely fashion.

All unknown work and inoculations will be done in lab under instructor supervision.  Budget your time accordingly to meet assignment deadlines.  A microscope study area has been set aside for you to view prepared slides outside of the scheduled lab times.  This study area is for microscope use only, no inoculations or slide-preparation will be allowed.

 

MICROSCOPE LAB HOURS (MINI-LAB S213):

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm

Saturday, Sunday and School Holidays: Building Closed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Exam:  The Final is a mandatory departmental comprehensive exam worth 200 points.  It will consist of 100 multiple choice/fill-in-the-blank questions.  There will be no separate laboratory final; the lecture final will include questions from the laboratory material (85% lecture material, 15% lab material). All students must take the final examination at their designated time. If you miss the final exam, a grade of zero will be recorded. There will be no final exam make-ups, no exceptions.

Evaluation


Criteria

CRITERIA FOR GRADING:

 

Course Evaluation Method

Points

Class Participation (Quizzes/Homework)

150

3 Lecture Exams @ 100 points each

300

2 Lab exams @ 100 points each

200

Laboratory Reports

150

Comprehensive Final Exam

200

TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS

1000

 

Your final score is based on 1000 points and will be calculated by taking the sum of your earned points (your grades) as per the table below.  Do not base your course grade on expectations of curving, extra credit points, or dropped exams.

 

 

Points

≤ 599

600-699

700-799

800-899

≥900

Letter  Grade

F

D

C

B

A

 

 

Grade Updates:  Periodic updates of your total points earned and grade-to-date on eCampus to help you gauge whether you are meeting your goals for the course will be provided.  However, please realize that it may take at least a week for graded exams to be returned and longer for unknown reports to be graded and returned.  Due to FERPA guidelines, I cannot discuss your grades via e-mail or phone call; any discussion of grades must be done in person during office hours or during a scheduled conference.

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Course Policies


BLINN COLLEGE POLICIES:

 

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 applies to attire as well as language and behavior.  Please dress appropriately for the academic classroom and laboratory. 

 

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/she arranges a conference with the faculty member; 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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf.

 

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/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 excused absences recognized by the institution:

 

  1. Observance of religious holy days - the student shall 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 with prior notification requested;
  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.

 

In order to be considered as an excusable absence, you must notify me within 24 hours of being absent.  You must present me with your documentation the first day you return to class from being absent.  If you are too sick to come to class, you are sick enough to see a doctor.  In this case, you MUST bring me a doctor’s note stating why you were absent.  This does not include a regular doctor’s appointment that was scheduled during class time, only unscheduled instances or medical emergencies where you are ill and need a doctor’s care.  If a family emergency exists, you must provide documentation (ex: obituary, doctor’s note for the family member, funeral program etc.).  If an accident occurs, I must receive documentation that you were involved (ex: police report ).

 

Missing lecture or lab will count as one absence.  If you are more than 15 minutes late to lecture or lab, you will be counted as absentIf you are absent for more than 15 minutes during class, you will be counted as absent.

 

Dropping:  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 this semester with a Q is Monday, July 29th by 5:00 pm.

 

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 faculty member 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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf.  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.

If you need individual accommodations to meet course objectives because of a documented disability, please make an appointment with me to discuss your needs as soon as possible so that we can ensure your full participation in class and fair assessment of your work.

Final Grade Appeals Policy:  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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf.

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).

Eating and drinking are not allowed during class or laboratory work.  Not only is this a Blinn policy, but there are safety reasons for not eating, drinking, or smoking around a Biology laboratory.  Do not bring any items into the lab that involve eating, drinking, or smoking. 

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 241, dbohlmeyer@blinn.edu.

 

Schedule


WhenTopicNotes
 

COURSE CONTENT:

Week

Date

 

Lecture Topic *

 

 

Lab Topic *

 

1

7/9

Introduction

 

 

Labs 1-3: Safety Procedures; Lab

 

 

Ch. 1  History of Microbiology

 

Equipment & Media; Ubiquity of Bacteria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lab 10: Microscopy

 

 

 

7/10

Ch. 3  Concepts & Tools for Studying

Labs 4-5:  Aseptic Technique; Streak Plate

 

 

 

Microorganisms

 

Lab 11:  Intro to Staining

 

 

 

Ch. 4  Cell Structure/Function

 

Labs 6-7:  Quantification; Colony

 

7/11

Ch. 5  Microbial Growth/Nutrition

Characteristics; Lab 8: Chemical Control

 

 

Review

 

 

 

Lab 9: Physical Control

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lab 15:  Complete as homework

 

7/12

Lect Exam #1

 

 

Lab 12-13: Staining Techniques

 

 

Continue lecture 3:00 - 3:40

 

Lab 14: Cell Morphology & Structures

 

 

Ch. 6  Metabolism of Prokaryotic Cells

 

 

 

 

2

7/15

Ch. 6 Metabolism of Prokaryotic Cells

Labs 21-22:  Acid Fast & Endospore Stains

 

 

Ch. 8 Microbial Genetics;

 

Review

 

 

 

 

7/16

Ch. 9.1 & 9.2  Genetic Recombination &

Lab Exam #1:  Labs 1-15, 21-22

 

 

Biotechnology; Ch. 7 Chemical Control of

Major Groups of Gram-negative Bacterial

 

 

Microorganisms; Ch. 24 Antimicrobial Drugs

Pathogens (pg 139-144); Labs 26, 27, 28

 

7/17

Ch. 20  Innate Immunity

 

Labs 23, 24, 25, 29, 30

 

 

 

Ch. 21 Acquired Immunity

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/18

Ch. 22.1 Immunity to Disease

 

Lab 16: Catalase Test; Lab 18: MSA;

 

 

Ch. 19 Infection and Disease

 

Lab 19: Coagulase Test;

 

 

 

Review

 

 

 

Lab 20: Strep Identification

 

 

7/19

Lect Exam #2

 

 

Lab 31: Lab Report; WBC eCampus handout

 

 

Ch. 10 Airborne Bacterial Diseases

 

 

 

 

3

7/22

Ch. 10 Airborne Bacterial Diseases

Unknowns dispensed

 

 

 

Ch. 11 Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases

Review

 

 

 

 

7/23

Ch. 12 Soilborne and Arthropodborne Diseases

Lab Exam #2:  Labs 16, 18-30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work on unknowns

 

 

 

7/24

Ch. 13 Sexually Transmitted and Contact

Work on unknowns

 

 

 

 

Transmitted Bacterial Diseases

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/25

Ch. 17 Fungi and pg 785-786

 

Work on unknowns

 

 

 

 

Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/26

Lect Exam #3

 

 

Work on unknowns

 

 

 

 

Ch. 18 Protozoans and Helminths; pg 786-788

Lab 32: Taxonomy

 

 

4

7/29

Ch. 18 Protozoans and Helminths; pg 786-788

Lab 34: Fungal Pathogens

 

 

 

Ch. 14 Viruses and Virus-like Agents

Complete work on unknowns

 

 

7/30

Unknown Reports Due

 

Labs 33: Vectors

 

 

 

 

Ch. 15 & 16 Viral Diseases

 

Lab 35: Protozoan Parasites

 

 

7/31

Ch. 23.4  AIDS (pg 755 - 763)

 

Lab 36:  Helminthic Parasites; Review

 

8/1

Review

 

 

 

Lab Exam #3:  Labs 32-36

 

 

8/2

Lect Exam #4

 

 

Lecture Catch Up

 

 

5

8/5

Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/6

FINAL  Section 322 TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*  Schedule is subject to change.  Changes will be discussed in class. 

 

 

 

"Q" drop date is July 29, 2013 before the end of the business day.