BIOL2235 Microbiology

This course investigates microorganisms with an emphasis on human health and disease. The course provides a study of prokaryotic, eukaryotic and acellular microbes. Topics covered include microbial taxonomy, morphology, growth, metabolism, genetics, etiology, resistance, host interactions, human immune response to infection, epidemiology, control, treatment, as well as their use in biotechnology. The laboratory component of the course is designed to reinforce the topics discussed in lecture, as well as to introduce students to some of the laboratory techniques and methods used in microbiology, including aseptic techniques and safe handling of microorganisms, culturing, staining, biochemical analyses, enumeration, identification of unknowns and microbial control. This course covers the characteristics of hazardous wastes and its safe handling, storage, and disposal.




BIOL2005 with a grade of "C" or better and BIOL2125 with a grade of "C" or better

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Describe the scope of microbial diversity
Integrate principles of chemistry and cell biology to the processes of microbiology
Describe the major groups of microorganisms according to current taxonomic schemes
Contrast morphology, growth, metabolism and genetics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes
Compare the cellular processes of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes
Distinguish among eukaryotic microbes, including fungi, algae, protozoa and multicellular parasites
Describe the characteristics of viruses and prions
Describe the pathogenesis of infectious diseases of humans with respect to etiologies, mechanisms of transmission, diagnoses and treatments
Explain the significance of biofilms in clinical medicine
Describe the complex interactions that exist between microbes and host organisms
Describe human immune response to microbial infections
Analyze the effectiveness of various methods of microbial control, including factors that must be considered in their selection and use
Explain microbial adaptation, resistance and evolution
Describe epidemiological tools used for the study, intervention and prevention of disease in society
Review the contribution of microbial genetics to science and biotechnology
Apply microbiological concepts to current issues
Solve case studies related to microbiology
Demonstrate proper microbiological methods, evaluative techniques and safety procedures in a laboratory setting

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details





MnTC Goal Areas:

2 & 3