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BIO-2120-VO02 - Elements of Microbiology


Online Class


Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.


Synonym: 205115

Location: Online - Meets Online

Credits: 4
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-25-2021 to 08-16-2021
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-14-2021 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-12-2021 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Alexandra McAleer | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00
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Course Description:

This course offers the student an opportunity to examine organisms that are too small to see with the naked eye and is a comprehensive study of the basic principles of microbiology. A brief survey of the history of the science is given. Emphasis is placed on understanding the variety and differences of microbes and their relationship to humans. Prior successful completion of BIO 2012 Human Anatomy and Physiology II is recommended.

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. Model and explain the theoretical and practical aspects of culturing and staining bacteria.
7. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating, and applying quantitative data and information.
Lab Objectives:
1. Apply knowledge of the scientific method to construct hypotheses, predictions, and lab reports and to design, analyze, and/or critique experiments found throughout peer-reviewed research and laboratory notebooks.
2. Utilize mathematical techniques necessary to properly collect and interpret data (i.e., unit conversions, standardization, and scaling necessary for data collection, graphing and charting).
3. Apply proper techniques in using common scientific tools to collect data and describe how they work (i.e., microscopes, spectrophotometers, UV sterilizers, etc.).
4. Identify and demonstrate lab safety techniques that are in line with CCV’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, Lab Safety Agreements, and chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

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: Alexandra McAleer
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ryan Joy

Syllabus:

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Elements of Microbiology (BIO-2120)

Instructor: Alexandra McAleer

CCV Online

Contact Information

You may contact me at any time by email: alexmccv@gmail.com. I am always happy to discuss questions or concerns you may be having.

Textbook

Nester’s Microbiology: A Human Perspective, 8e with Connect Access Card

Course Learning Format

Information for this course may be presented in any of the following forms: online lab activities, online discussion, powerpoint slides, podcasts, short movies/video clips, etc.

Grading

Students grades will be determined by the grades achieved onassignments, exams, labs, and class participation in the proportions defined below:

Scale

97-100 A+

94-96 A

90-93 A-

87-89 B+

84-86 B

80-83 B-

77-79 C+

74-76 C

70-73 C-

67-69 D+

64-66 D

60-63 D-

Below 60 F

Lab (10) 30%

Examinations (4) 40%

Class Participation/Homework 20%

Research Paper 10%

Course Policies

Attendance/Participation – Attendance is required. Missing more than two weeks worth of class assignments/online posting will result in a significant decrease of the participation portion of your grade. Participation will be measured based on your completion of tasks such as reading assignments, completing labs (through the online lab program McGraw Hill Connect), participating in online discussions, turning in assignments, completing a research paper, and completing exams. Students who have financial aid may lose their funding upon missing more than the designated allowable absences. Attending (online) and participating in class is an easy way to earn 20% of your grade.

Examinations - Examinations will be approx. 1 hour 15 minutes long, and will be administered online. The exams will be open for 5 days and no make ups are permitted. If you do not complete an examination within the time period provided, you may be given a zero unless there are extenuating circumstances. Exams may include questions in the form of multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false, short answer, essay, compare/contrast, matching.

Cheating and Plagiarism - 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.

Tentative Course Schedule (subject to change)

Week 1 – Chapter 1, 2: Humans and the Microbial World & The Molecules of Life

Week 2 – Chapter 3: Microscopy and Cell Structure

Week 3 – Chapter 4, 5: Dynamics of Microbial Growth & Control of Microbial Growth; Research paper topic due

Week 4 – Exam 1;Chapter 8: Bacterial Genetics

Week 5 –Chapter 10, 12: Identifying and Classifying Microorganisms & The Eukaryotic Members of the Microbial World

Week 6 – Chapter 13, 16: Viruses, Viroids, Prions & Host-Microbe Interactions; Research paper optional draft due

Week 7 – Chapter 18, 20: Applications of the Immune Responses & Antimicrobial Medications

Week 8 –Exam 2; Chapter 21: Respiratory System Infections

Week 9– Chapter 22, 23: Skin & Wound Infections

Week 10 – Chapter 24, 27: Digestive System & Genitourinary Infections; Research paper due

Week 11 – Chapter 25, 26: Blood, Lymphatic & Nervous System Infections

Week 12 – Exam 3

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities: CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please

  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

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.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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