2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
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2014-2015 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BIOL& 260 - Microbiology

6.0 Credits
An introduction to microorganisms for science, nursing, and pre-professional students. Topics include microscopy, microbial cell structure, function, growth, metabolism and genetics, biotechnology, virology, epidemiology, antimicrobials, host-microbe interactions, and immunology. Four hours lecture and four hours lab, weekly. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211, ENGL& 101, MATH 090 and CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 163 or equivalent each with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply understanding of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, metabolism, and evolution from previous course(s) (e.g., BIOL& 211) to the microbial world. This includes comparing and contrasting prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structures, metabolism, genetics, and reproduction, and describing the importance of microbial evolution. [REASON]
  2. Describe the ubiquity and diversity of microorganisms and relate both to the critical roles they play in global processes and to all life. [REASON]
  3. Explain the impact, both positive and negative, of microorganisms on human health. [REASON]
  4. Discuss the interplay of microbial mechanisms of pathogenesis and the human immune system in an evolutionary context. [REASON]
  5. Articulate processes of microbial growth, and relate these to human methods of control. [REASON]
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in techniques important to the study, cultivation, and classification of microorganisms, including aseptic technique, biochemical tests, and growth assays. [ACT]
  7. Compare and contrast current and historical understanding of microorganisms. [REASON]
  8. Articulate the importance of microorganisms to the individual, to human beings, to all life, and to global processes. [REASON]
  9. Apply knowledge of microbiology to important personal, health, social and political issues. [ACT]
  10. Communicate effectively using language and understanding of biology. [COMMUNICATE]
  11. Productively work in groups to successfully complete group activities and assignments. [COMMUNICATE]

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