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Revision Date: 17-Dec-22

Spring 2023 | BIO-2120-VO04 - Elements of Microbiology

Online Class

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

Location: Online
Credits: 4
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 01-24-2023 to 05-08-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00


Joseph Dionne
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ryan Joy

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
Natural Science
  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 catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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.
8. Explain how knowledge created in the natural sciences has contributed to the creation, maintenance and dismantling of social inequalities and discuss the impacts of diversity and inclusion on scientific research and practice.
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).

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Spring 2023 textbook/book details will be available on 2022-11-14. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

BIO-2120-VO04 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

For Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

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


Virtual Lecture
Virtual Laboratory Sessions
Online Demonstrations
Online Discussion
Virtual Videos
Article Reviews/Case Studies

Evaluation Criteria

Lecture Exams (6): 50% of final grade; lowest Exam dropped

Lab Practicals and Unknown: 10% of final grade

Quizzes (6): 10% of final grade; lowest Quiz dropped

Article Review: 2% of final grade

Lab Reports (2): 8% of final grade

Virtual Lab Participation/Online discussion/Online Assignments: 20% of final grade

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Introduction to the Microbial World


Ch. 1


Homework / Discussion Board / Lab: Virtual Lab Tour & Lab Safety



Chemical Principles


Reading: App. A and Ch. 7


Homework / Discussion Forum /Labs: Scientific Method & Aseptic Technique Parts A and B





Ch. 2


Homework / Discussion Forum /Labs: Microscopy Parts A, B and C / Quiz 1 (Ch. 1,7, App.A) / Online Chemistry/Math Workshop Quiz due this week



Anatomy of Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes


Ch. 3


Homework / Discussion Forum / Lab: Staining Slide Prep & Gram Stain Lab / Exam I (Ch. 1,2,7, app. A)



Microbial Metabolism


Ch. 8


Homework / Discussion Forum /Labs: How Enzymes Function Parts A and B & Cellular Respiration Parts A and B / Quiz 2 (Ch. 3)



Microbial Growth/Control of Growth


Ch. 9,13 and 14


Homework / Discussion / Labs: Microbial Growth: Oxygen Requirements, pH, and Temperature & Control of Microbial Growth Parts A and B/Exam II (Ch. 3&8) / Lab Report #1 due this week



Microbial Genetics


Ch.10 and11


Homework / Discussion /Labs: Bacterial Genetics Parts A, B, and C & Natural selection / Quiz 3 (Ch. 9,13,14)



Biotechnology and DNA Technology




Homework / Discussion / Labs: Gel Electrophoresis & Isolation of DNA / Exam III (Ch. 9,10,11,13,14)



Classification/Bacteria and Archaea


Ch. 4


Homework / Discussion / Labs: Research Lecture / Quiz 4 (Ch.12)



Fungi, Algae, Protozoa and Helminths


Ch. 5


Homework / Discussion /Lab: Unknown Bacteria / Exam IV (Ch. 4&12)



Viruses, Viroids, and Prions/Diseases and Epidemiology


Ch. 6, and 16


Homework / Discussion / Labs: Isolation Methods Parts A, B, and C / Quiz 5 (Ch.5)



Mechanisms of Pathogenicity


Ch. 15


Homework / Discussion /Labs: Photosynthesis Parts A and B & Article(s) to read / Exam V (Ch. 5,6,16) / Lab Report #2 due this week



Innate Immunity


Ch. 17


Homework / Discussion /Labs: Ubiquity of Microorganisms & Article(s) to read / Article Review due this week



Adaptive Immunity


Ch. 18


Homework / Discussion /Lab: Read Article(s) / Quiz 6 (Ch. 15 and 17)/ COVID-19 Reflection Journal



Final Week




Exam VI (Ch. 15, 17, 18)


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Please note assignments will not be accepted late. Make-up exams will NOT be provided under any circumstances. The lowest exam grade at the end of the term will be dropped.

All written assignments must be typed and submitted via Canvas by 11:59 pm on Monday of that week. Assignments must be submitted in Microsoft Word, PDF, RTF, or online copy and paste.

Lecture Exams: Exams will have a mixture of Multiple Choice, True/False, Fill-Ins, Short Answers, and Matching. Any cumulative material will be discussed in advance. The lowest Lecture Exam grade will be dropped at the end of the term. Exams are administered through Canvas and timed at 1 hour each.

Quizzes: Are not cumulative. Quizzes will have a mixture of Multiple Choice, True/False, Fill-Ins, Short Answers, and Matching. Quizzes cannot be made up under any circumstances. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped at the end of the term. Quizzes are administered through Canvas and timed at 15 minutes each.

Lab Report, Case Study and Article Review: More information will be given separately. All must be typed. No late assignments will be accepted under any circumstances.

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 Integrity

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.