MOLB 2210 - General Microbiology
This course is an introduction to microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, protists, and viruses. The course focuses on characterizing the cellular, physiological and molecular differences of these microorganisms. The relationship of microorganisms to each other, the environment, humans, and diseases are addressed. Laboratory techniques using aseptic technique to isolate and identify microorganisms are emphasized. This course is recommended for biology majors and students preparing for health-related fields.
Instructional Method Lecture and Lab
BIOL 1010 Gen. Biology I and CHEM 1000 Intro Chemistry or CHEM 1020 Gen. Chemistry I, with a C or better, or instructor consent
Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of MOLB 2210 General Microbiology , the student will:
- Summarize the characteristics of the different taxa of microorganisms.
- Demonstrate proper microscope technique including the use of oil immersion, staining procedures, and slide preparation.
- Display appropriate laboratory skills such as aseptic technique and handling of live bacterial cultures.
- Distinguish bacterial cultures using differential and selective media.
- Describe host defense mechanisms including the innate and adaptive immune responses.
- Recommend means of microbial control based on various environmental factors.
- Apply the scientific method in the investigation and classification of microbial interactions with their environment.
- Discriminate between Gram-positive and Gram-negative cell walls.
- Outline the mechanisms of genetic transmission among cells.
- Compare the types of microbial metabolisms.
- Categorize antibiotics by their mode of action.
- Distinguish between lytic and lysogenic cycles of viruses.
- Summarize current technological practices in the study and use of microorganisms.
- Describe mechanisms of genetic and immune-assays to identify pathogenic agents such as ELISA and PCR.
Upon completion of MOLB 2210 General Microbiology, the student will:
PO#1 Apply fundamental concepts in the biological sciences.
PO#3 Apply the scientific method to research biologically-relevant questions.
PO#4 Communicate scientific knowledge by using a variety of modalities.
PO#5 Demonstrate safe and effective research techniques.
PO#6 Apply critical thinking to make logical inferences and conclusions within biology.
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