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Microbiology

Course Number: BI 234
Transcript Title: Microbiology
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 19, 2014
Total Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Fee: $45

Prerequisites

BI 112 or BI 211

Course Description

Introduces microbial taxonomy, identification, morphology, metabolism and genetics. Explores bacterial, viral, and parasitic relationships with human health and disease. Laboratory stresses aseptic technique, bacterial identification and physiology using a variety of media, culturing techniques, and staining techniques. Prerequisites: BI 112 or BI 211. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Relate an understanding of the basic principles of microbiology to personal health and use this understanding to make informed personal and professional decisions.
  2. Use an understanding of the impact of microbes on human cultures around the world both historically and in the present day to evaluate current health issues.
  3. Use scientific methods to qualitatively and quantitatively describe microbial characteristics and processes and understand their relationship to the identification of microbial species.
  4. Use an understanding of research and laboratory experiences to organize, evaluate, and present data and information to illustrate and articulate basic microbiology concepts.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Essay, short answer and multiple-choice exams.
  2. Homework assignments.
  3. Research paper(s) and presentations on microbial topics.
  4. Demonstration of basic laboratory skills, including interpretation of experimental results.

Course Activities and Design

This course will utilize lecture, as well as in class and online discussion. Students will also prepare a research paper and presentation. Laboratory activities will be hands-on, team based, and collaborative utilizing instructor provided and student developed resources, with a microbial identification capstone project, including research plan, write-up, and presentation.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Discuss historical and continuing evolution of scientific understanding of microbiology, and the major contributions of various individuals
  2. Describe, discuss, and utilize various types of microscopy, stains, and media for microbial identification and study of morphology, arrangement, and biochemistry, emphasizing structure/function relationships
  3. Discuss the historical and contemporary classification systems used to identify biological organisms, emphasizing the role of microbes and microbial diversity
  4. Discuss microbial genetics, horizontal gene transfer, DNA damage and repair, recombinant DNA technology
  5. Discuss microbial growth and metabolism, emphasizing physical/chmical influences and biochemical/genetic regulation
  6. Discuss physical and chemical methods of antimicrobial control, biochemical underpinnings, limitations, and applications
  7. Discuss microbial and host factors that contribute to infection and disease
  8. Describe and discuss specific microbial pathogens, life cycles, how they cause disease, treatment and protection
  9. Discuss environmental and applied microbiology, and the role of microbes in our world

Department Notes

This microbiology course is required forthe Applied Science in Nursing degree and recommended for students entering general biology, microbiology, and molecular biology Bachelors degree programs. Students should check with a counselor or microbiology instructor to determine specific programs for which it is recommended or required.

Columbia Gorge Community College Science Department stands by the following statement about regarding science instruction:

Science is a fundamentally nondogmatic and self-correcting investigatory process. Theories (such as biological evolution and geologic time scale) are developed through scientific investigation are not decided in advance. As such, scientific theories can be and often are modified and revised through observation and experimentation. “Creation science", “Intelligent design” or similar beliefs are not considered legitimate science, but a form of religious advocacy. This position is established by legal precedence (Webster v. New Lenox School District #122, 917 F. 2d 1004).

The Science Department at Columbia Gorge Community College therefore stands with organizations such as the National Association of Biology Teachers in opposing the inclusion of pseudo-sciences in our science curricula except to reference and/or clarify its invalidity.