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Revision Date: 07-Nov-18

BIO-2120-VR01 - Elements of Microbiology

Synonym: 175868
Location: Rutland
Credits: 4
Hybrid Section: This course meets both online and at the site office. See below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times.
Semester Dates: 05-20-2019 to 08-12-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2019 - 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
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: Hybrid: Meets online and Mondays. No class 5/27.

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. 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 MONDAY FROM 5:30 PM TO 9:00 PM ON CAMPUS FOR LAB. LECTURE IS ONLINE AND IS ASYNCHONOUS, BUT NOT SELF-PACED. Please read the recommended chapters prior to each lecture as this will allow you to be better prepared for in-class and online discussion and learning. Please view all available PowerPoint slides in advance of the scheduled lecture as this will assist you with note-taking. 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 that cell phones are not allowed in the class. Lap tops and tablets are allowed only for note taking purposes.


Laboratory Sessions
Class and Online Discussion
 Article Reviews/Case Studies

Evaluation Criteria:

 Lecture Exams (6): 250 points

Lab Practicals and Unknown: 50 points

Quizzes (6): 50 points

Article Review: 10 points

Lab Reports (2): 40 points

Attendance/Group work/Online discussion/Online Assignments: 100 points

Total points: 500

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 (except Lab Worksheets) must be typed and submitted via Portal at 5:30 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.

Lab Final Unknown: Will  have a written and practical component. Many of the lab skills throughout the term will be evaluated during this exam. This exam will be cumulative. Lab practicals cannot be made up under any circumstance and the grade cannot be dropped as with lecture exams.

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.

Lab Report, Case Study and Article Review: More information will be given separately. All must be typed. No late assigments 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% (465-500 points)
A- = 90-92%  (450-464 points)
B+ = 87-89%  (435-449 points)
B   = 83-86%  (415-434 points)
B- = 80-82%   (400-414 points)
C+ = 77-79%  (385-399 points)
C   = 73-76%  (365-384 points)
C-  = 70-72%  (350-364 points)
D+  = 67-69% (335-349 points)
D    = 63-66% (315-334 points)
D-  = 60-62% (300-314 points)
F   = below 60% (below 300 points)


Summer 2019 textbook data will be available on April 1. 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: Joseph Dionne
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Barbara Richter

Attendance Policy:

 This is a basic science course with a great deal of material to cover. Please plan on studying for 15-20 hours each week beyond the on campus and online class times. Regular attendance and participation in classes 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. In addition, two (2) late appearances or early departures will be counted as an absence. Weather will be taken into account regarding tardiness, however unless the campus is closed, attendance is expected. Please understand that weekly participation on Moodle discussion forums and assignments is required and failure to do so will result in an absence for the week.

Attendance at all 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/practicals.

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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