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BIOL 1913

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Microbiology   
Prerequisite(s)   BIOL 1612 and BIOL 1612L, each with a "C" or better   
Corequisite(s)   BIOL 1913L    
Catalog Description   
This is a study of fundamental principles, including basic culture and staining techniques, cellular metabolism, sterilization, disinfection, basic principles of immunology, and etiology of some infectious diseases.  This course is designed primarily for students who intend to enter one of the health professions.
Expected Educational Results   
After successfully completing this course the student should be able to:
1. identify and discuss some of the major contributions of the early scientists and the
historical milestones that laid the groundwork for modern microbiology
2. fundamentals of microscopy
3. compare and contrast the characteristics of procaryotic cells versus eucaryotic cells.
4. have an understanding of microbial metabolism and its use in the identification and
classification of organisms.
5. state the requirements for bacterial growth that enable one to cultivate and to isolate  
6. explain the basic principles of bacterial genetics.
7. describe and explain the diversity and taxonomy of microorganisms including bacteria,
viruses, protists, and the multicellular fungi and helminths.
8. explain various techniques of microbial control including sterilization, disinfection,
antimicrobial therapy, and stressing aseptic technique.
9. describe with understanding  host-microbe interactions including epidemiology,
nonspecific defense, and immunity
10. recognize organisms and relate pathogenic organisms to the signs and symptoms of
the diseases they cause.
11. explain the concept of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), and describe specific diseases that have been classified as EIDs

General Education Outcomes   
I. OUTCOME:  "The student should be able to recognize and apply scientific inquiry in a variety of settings. " The historical development of the repudiation of the Theory of the Spontaneous Generation of  Life, the applications of Koch's Postulates, and development of Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA technology are testimonies to the application of  the Scientific Method.  These concepts are the major tenets of Microbiology.  Any principle that students are asked to employ in Microbiology demands that they have the ability to distinguish between well supported scientific conclusions and poorly supported assumptions and beliefs based on incorrect information.

II. OUTCOME: "The student should be able to communicate effectively through listening, reading, writing and speaking."
Skill Method
A. Listening Note taking during lectures
B. Reading Textbook and outside reading assignments
C. Writing Writing assignments and discussion test questions
D. Speaking Taking part in lecture discussions

Course Content   
The Microbial World and You
Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic Cells
Microbial Metabolism
Microbial Growth
Control of Microbial Growth
Microbial Genetics
Antimicrobial Drugs
Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology

Classification of Microorganisms
Fungi, Protozoa, and Multicellular Parasites

Principles of Disease and Epidemiology
Microbial Mechanisms of Pathology
Nonspecific Defenses of the Host
The Immune Response
Practical Applications of Immunology
Disorders of the Immune Response

Microbial Diseases of the Skin and Eyes
Microbial Diseases of the Nervous System
Microbial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
Microbial Diseases of the Respiratory System
Microbial Diseases of the Digestive System
Microbial Diseases of the Urinary and Reproductive System

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
1. The individual student will be evaluated by each instructor as defined by the individual instructor's syllabus for that semester.  Methods of evaluation may include quizzes, tests, internet projects or research papers or homework that are developed by each instructor.  Each evaluation effort is designed demonstrate the student's knowledge of the scientific method as would be applied to the field of Microbiology.  These exercises will also be an evaluation of the student's listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.
2. The final examination should include a comprehensive portion, with the balance of the final exam questions covering new material. The final examination will count for at least 20% of the final course grade.
3. It is strongly recommended that writing assignments and discussion questions be included in the overall evaluation of the student's progress in order to conform to Georgia Perimeter College's commitment to Writing Across the Curriculum.

This course is part of the Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Physical Education programs and will be addressed in their program assessments. Biol 1913 will be assessed by regular consultation between instructors and other members of the Microbiology Committee and Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Physical Education faculty.

Instructors will consult the assessment results and each other to determine which educational approaches are working well, and which could be improved.  They will continue what works and explore improved approaches to instruction where that is needed.

Last Revised: Aug. 04, 2011
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