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Revision Date: 11-Jun-18

BIO-2120-VN01Z - Elements of Microbiology

Synonym: 172148
Location: Newport
Credits: 4
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Semester Dates: 06-27-2018 to 08-13-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 07-05-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-24-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Gabor Gyurkovics | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00
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This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Scientific Method
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Comments: This is an accelerated 7 week course with a significant online component. Microbiology workshop is highly encouraged.

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Course Description:

This course provides a comprehensive study of the basic principles of microbiology. A brief survey of the history of science is given. Emphasis is placed on understanding the variety and differences of microbes and their relationship to humans. Laboratory study accompanies the course and the successful completion of lab exercises is a partial requirement for the course. Prior learning in Basic Chemistry Workshop or biology equivalent is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: Basic Algebra.

Essential Objectives:

1. Compare the theoretical aspects of historical development in the field of microbiology to current concepts of microbiology.
2. Identify macroscopic and microscopic morphology of common microbial isolates.
3. Apply the theoretical and practical aspects of physical and chemical methods used to control microorganisms.
4. Explain the relationships that can exist between host and microorganism.
5. Discuss the disease process as it relates to common microbial pathologies.
6. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating and applying quantitative data and information.
Lab Objectives:
1. Demonstrate how to perform safe procedures in all aspects of the student laboratory.
2. Demonstrate the theoretical and practical aspects of staining bacteria.
3. Demonstrate the theoretical and practical aspects of culturing organisms in order to identify common microbes.
4. Write a correctly formatted laboratory report including relevant sections on (1) purpose of the lab, (2) materials and procedures, (3) data and observations, (4) graphs and charts, (5) calculations, and (6) conclusion and analysis.



1.      Lectures with computer simulations – using CD ROM and projector


2.      Laboratory exercises: Microscopy, methods of microbe identification, separation, etc.


3.      Homework and reading assignments will be assigned in class


4.      Mid-term exam: see Syllabus


5.      Final exam: see Syllabus


Topics will be discussed in class


Evaluation Criteria:


LECTURE GRADE = 60%                                     LABORATORY GRADE = 40%




Homework 15%                                                          Lab reports 30%


Quizzes 15%                                                               Mid-term exam 30%


Mid-term exam 30%                                                   Final exam 40%


Final exam 40%


Grading Criteria:


A  = 90 – 100% 


B   = 80 – 89%


C   = 70 – 79%


D   = 60 – 69%


F   = Failed



Summer 2018 textbook data will be available on April 9. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Gabor Gyurkovics
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kathleen McIsaac

Attendance Policy:


This class is a summer short, meets only twice a week for seven weeks, so no unexcused absences are permitted. If you must miss class, contact me at before the week of the class to be missed.



PLEASE NOTE In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.


BIO-2120-VN02 Microbiology Summer 2018: 4 credits Dr. Gabor Gyurkovics E-mail: Phone: (802) 334-3387 LECTURE: Monday 1:00PM – 4:30PM LAB: Wednesday 1:00PM – 4:30PM Room: Science STUDY SESSION: Wednesday 12:30 PM Jun 25 – August 13, 2018. Class web site: to be announced in class Text: The Microbial Challenge - 3/e, ISBN: 9781284096057, Lab Manual: will be posted to each lab










DATE                                                 TOPIC                                                        PREPARATION








1. Mo   6/25    Microbiology Workshop – Germs and Microscopes




    We   6/27     LECTURE: The Microbial World                                                      Ch. 2,


                                            Beneficial Aspects of Microbes                                      Ch. 3,


                        LAB:   Microscopy – the basic shapes of bacteria and other microbes


                                                            wet mount and hanging-drop technique




2. Tu   7/2        LECTURE: Bacteria                                                                           Ch. 4,


                                            Concepts of Microbial Disease                                       Ch. 7,


   We   7/3 or 5 !!!       LAB: Preparation of Smears and Simple Staining


                                  Gram Staining




3. Mo   7/9       LECTURE: Viruses and Prions                                                          Ch. 5. 


                                            Bacterial Genetics                                                           Ch. 6,


    We   7/11                         Epidemiology and Cycle of Microbial Disease              Ch. 8,


                        LAB:  Isolation of Bacteria by Dilution Techniques








4. Mo   7/16    MIDTERM – Lecture (Ch 2 - 8)


    We   7/18     MIDTERMLaboratory Practical












DATE                                                 TOPIC                                                        PREPARATION






5. Mo 7/23       LECTURE: Bacterial Diseases                                               Ch. 9,


                                            Viral and Prion Diseases                         Ch. 10,


                                            Protozoan, Helminthic, and Fungal Disease       Ch. 11,


    We 7/25       LAB: Bacteria of the Skin,


                                 Bacteria of the Mouth




6. Mo 7/30      LECTURE: The Immune Response                                       Ch. 12,


                                            Current Plaques                                                   Ch. 16,


    We 8/1         LAB: Blood Typing


                                  Antimicrobial Drugs






7.  Mo 8/6       FINAL EXAMLecture                                          (Ch, 2 – 13, 16)


       We 8/8      LAB PRACTICAL








Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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