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COURSE TITLE: General Microbiology
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The organization, morphology and cell structure of microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria and fungi. Microbial growth and its control, aspects of medical and applied microbiology and microbial ecology are discussed. Laboratory exercises are designed to demonstrate basic microbiological techniques as well as relevant microbial activities and functions.

Prerequisites: BIOL 210, 211, CHEM 200, 201
  • Textbook:
    •  Madigan MT, Bender KS, Buckley DH, Sattley WM and Stahl DA. Brock Biology of
      Microorganisms. 15th Edition (2018). Pearson Education Inc. New York.
  • Laboratory manual. (Mandatory)
    • General Microbiology Laboratory Manual, Winter 2015, The King’s University.
Quizzes (4)6%
Exam I15%
Exam II15%
Exam III15%
Exam IIII15%
Lab (notebooks, reports, exams) 27%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:At the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the structure of various types of microorganisms including Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protists.
  • Compare, contrast, and evaluate different systems used to classify microorganisms and apply this knowledge to the classification of unknown microorganisms.  
  • Relate knowledge of microbiology to other fields of study such as biochemistry, genetics, and biotechnology.
  • Critically read and evaluate information from scientific papers and the news media.  Demonstrate an understanding of the peer-review process.  
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medically important microorganisms and current issues involving microorganisms and public health.
  • Develop a respect and appreciation for the intricacies of the microbial component of God’s creation.
After completing the laboratory component of this course, students will be able to:
  • Culture and isolate microorganisms using aseptic technique.
  • Isolate, identify, and quantify microorganisms from various types of samples.
  • Clearly communicate experimental results in the form of scientific papers.
  • Course Introduction
  • Assignment instructions.
  • Laboratory safety and instructions
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Microbial Metabolism
  • Microbial Growth and Control
  • Viruses and Viral Replication
  • Microbial Information Flow
  • Microbial Regulatory Systems
  • Virology
  • Genetics of Bacteria and Archaea
  • Microbial Evolution and Systematics
  • Microbial Metabolic Diversity
  • Microbial Functional Diversity
  • Microbial symbioses with Humans
  • Microbial Infection and Pathogenesis
  • Epidemiology
LAB OUTLINE:1. Microbiology Techniques
2. Morphology and Staining
3. Experimental Design
4. Physical and Chemical Requirements for Growth
5. Bacterial enumeration
6. Bacterial Growth Experiment
7. Microbial Metabolism
8. Effects of chemical agents on bacterial growth

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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