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BIO-2120-VO06Y - Elements of Microbiology

Accelerated Class

Accelerated courses provide the same content and the same number of credits as standard courses, but are delivered in a condensed time frame. Accelerated courses take place online and can range in length up to seven weeks.

Synonym: 205284

Location: Online - Meets Online

Credits: 4
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See below or consult Self Service - Search for Courses and Sections for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 06-29-2021 to 08-16-2021
Last day to drop without a grade: 07-08-2021 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-27-2021 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Joseph Dionne | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

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).

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

THIS COURSE MEETS EVERY WEEK ONLINE AND IS ASYNCHONOUS, BUT NOT SELF-PACED. As a seven-week intensive, you will want to plan on working on this course 5-6 days per week. Please read the recommended chapters prior to viewing each lecture as this will allow you to be better prepared for the online discussion and learning. We will be using the Open Resource text, "Microbiology" from Rice University which can be downloaded for free at You may also purchase a hardcopy at the same website for a nominal fee.

I am always available via CCV e-mail. I check this several times per day, including the weekend. I make every effort to respond to e-mails within 24 hours. I will be available to answer any questions the evening before an exam until 8pm (EST). All messages will be sent to your CCV e-mail account for security purposes.

Please note, all exams and quizzes are timed and considered to be closed notes, so you should not be accessing notes, websites, or discussing answers with other while taking these assessments. Thank you!


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 Activities: 15%

Quizzes (6): 10% (lowest Quiz dropped)

Article Review: 2%

Lab Reports (2): 8%

Virtual Lab Participation/Online discussion/Online Assignments/: 15%

Please note assignments will not be accepted late due to time constraints. 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 90 minutes 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 20 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.

Grading Criteria:

Sample Letter Grade Criteria

Sample Letter Grade Criteria are listed below. Letter grade criteria are usually presented with the letter grade and the definition of what constitutes that grade either in text or a numerical equivalent. Instructors may also want to include an attendance policy here as part of their grading criteria. Add letter grade criteria one at a time to the Add Letter Grade Criteria form. Letter Grade Criteria will be formatted and displayed after each submission.

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

The following numerical percentages will be used to calculate final course grades:
A = 93-100%
A- = 90-92%
B+ = 87-89%
B = 83-86%
B- = 80-82%
C+ = 77-79%
C = 73-76%
C- = 70-72%
D+ = 67-69%
D = 63-66%
D- = 60-62%
F = below 60%


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: Joseph Dionne
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ryan Joy

Attendance Policy:

This is a basic science course with a great deal of material to cover. We are condensing 15 weeks of material into this 6 week intensive course. Please plan on studying for 20-25 hours each week beyond the online class time of approximately 7 hours per week for lecture and 7 hours per week for lab (the time that would be spent on campus). Regular attendance and participation in virtual labs and lectures are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Each student will be allowed two (2) absences from class without penalty. A third (3rd) absence will result in a reduction of your final grade by one full letter grade ("A" becomes "B", "A-" becomes "B-" and so on). Please be aware that more than three (3) absences for any reason will result in a grade of "F". Due to the nature and structure of this course, no differentiation will be made between unexcused/excused absences. Please understand that weekly participation on Canvas discussion forums and assignments is required and failure to do so will result in an absence for the week.

Participation in all virtual laboratory sessions for this course is required and make-up labs will not be possible due to scheduling. Please understand that any missed class/lab material is the student's responsibility to learn and that missing a lesson/lab does not excuse one from knowing the material on future exams.


Schedule for Microbiology Online Summer 2021 - Accelerated

Week One (6-29-2021 to 7-5-2021)*

Introduction to the Microbial World/Chemical Principles

Reading: Ch. 1, App. A, Ch. 7

Labs: Virtual Lab Tour/Lab Safety/ Scientific Method

Quiz 1 (Ch. 1,7,App.A)

Week Two (7-6-2021 to 7-12-2021)*

Chemical Principles Continued/ Microscopy

Reading: App. A (Review), Ch. 7 (Review), and Ch. 2

Labs: Aseptic Technique Parts A and B/ Microscopy Parts A, B and C

Exam I (Ch. 1,2,7, app. A)

Chemistry and Math Workshop Quiz due this week

Week Three (7-13-2021 to 7-19-2021)*

Anatomy of Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes/Microbial Metabolism

Reading: Ch. 3 and 8

Labs: Staining Slide Prep/ Gram Stain Lab/ How Enzymes Function Parts A and B/Cellular Respiration Parts A and B

Quiz 2 (Ch. 3)

Exam II (Ch. 3 & 8)

Week Four (7-20-2021 to 7-26-2021)*

Microbial Growth/Control of Growth/Microbial Genetics

Reading: Ch. 9,10,11,13 and 14

Labs: Microbial Growth: Oxygen Requirements, pH, and Temperature/ Mendelian Genetics/Natural Selection

Quiz 3 (Ch. 9,13,14)

Exam III (Ch. 9,10,11,13,14)

Week Five (7-27-2021 to 8-2-2021)*

Biotechnology and DNA Technology/Classification/Bacteria and Archaea

Reading: Ch. 4 and 12

Labs: Gel Electrophoresis/ /ID of Unknown Bacteria

Quiz 4 (Ch.12)

Exam IV (Ch. 4&12)

Lab Report #1 (Gram Stain) due this week

Week Six (8-3-2021 to 8-9-2021)*

Fungi, Algae, Protozoa and Helminths/Viruses, Viroids, and Prions/Diseases and Epidemiology

Reading: Ch. 5, 6, and 16

Labs: Research Lecture

Quiz 5 (Ch.5)

Exam V (Ch. 5,6,16)

Article Review due this week

Week Seven (8-10-2021 to 8-16-2021)*

Mechanisms of Pathogenicity/Innate Immunity/Adaptive Immunity

Reading: Ch. 15, 17, and 18

Labs: Articles to read

Quiz 6 (Ch. 15 and 17)

Exam VI (Ch. 15, 17, 18)

Lab Report #2 (ID of Unknown Bacteria) due this week

*Each week also has one discussion forum

And one homework assignment to complete

which are not reflected here. Please see the Canvas page for details.

Every week begins at 12am on Tuesday and ends at 11:59pm the nearest Monday.

Please also note that all exams and quizzes are online, timed and NOT open book.

All assignments, labs, exams and quizzes are due are on the Monday of that week at 11:59pm.

Please note the term ends on August 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

***This syllabus and schedule are subject to change with notice from the instructor.

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.
  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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