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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 20-Nov-23

Spring 2024 | BIO-2120-VU01 - Elements of Microbiology

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Winooski
Credits: 4
Day/Times: Monday & Wednesday, 08:30A - 11:15A
Semester Dates: 01-22-2024 to 05-01-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-11-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-24-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00


Jeffrey Koch
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jennifer Guarino

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS 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:
a. formulate and evaluate real-world scientific questions;
b. ethically plan and implement accurate data collection;
c. analyze and evaluate data;
d. generate conclusions based on analysis and justify claims with evidence;
e. integrate the related work of other scientists; and
f. propose ideas for further inquiry.
2. Communicate findings in a format appropriate to the discipline and type of investigation, such as a laboratory notebook, laboratory report, observational study, field investigation report, poster, or presentation using appropriate evidence to support these findings.
3. Understand the structure and purpose of peer-reviewed publications.
4. Evaluate scientific information for validity, accuracy, reliability, and methodology.
5. Identify and follow lab safety techniques that are aligned 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.

Spring 2024 textbook details will be available on 2023-11-06. 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-VU01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

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.


Information for this course may be presented in any of the following forms: lecture, lab, discussion, small group work, student presentation, and videos.

Evaluation Criteria

Students’ grades will be determined by the grades achieved on assignments, exams, quizzes, and class participation in the proportions defined below:

Lab 30%
Examinations (4) 40%
Quizzes (3) 10%
Class Participation/Homework 20%

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


Tentative Course Schedule (subject to change)

Introduction to Course & Chapter 1: The Microbial World

Chapter 2: Microbes in Perspective


Lab: Handwashing using Glo-Germ®

Lab: Microscopes

Read Syllabus, Chapters 1, 2, & 3

Microscope Use Pre-Lab

Aseptic Technique and Simple (Direct) Stain Pre-Lab



Chapter 3: Molecules of the Cell


Lab: Aseptic Technique and Simple (Direct) Stain


Read Chapter 8

DNA Extraction Virtual Lab



Chapter 8: The DNA Story


Lab: DNA Extraction


"Cracking the Code of Life" Video

Study for Exam #1



Quiz #1 Transfer bacteria from broth to slant test tube

Exam #1 Chps. 1-3,8 including labs


Read Chapter 4

Pure Cultures Techniques Pre-Lab

Gram Stain Pre-Lab



Chapter 4: Exploring the Prokaryotic World: Bacteria and Archaea Domains

Preparing Culture Media


Lab: Pure Culture Techniques

Lab: Gram Stain


Read Chapter 6



Chapter 6: Viruses


Lab: Interactive Disease Lab


Read Chapter 5

Antibiotics, Antiseptics, and Disinfectants Pre-Lab



Chapter 5: The Eukaryotic World: Protists and Fungi


Lab: Antibiotics, Antiseptics, and Disinfectants


Study for Exam #2



Quiz #2 Streak plate for isolation of bacteria

Exam #2 Chapters 4-6 including labs


Read Chapter 7

Water Quality Analysis Pre-Lab



Chapter 7:Growth and Metabolism: Running the Microbial Machine

Chapter 9: Microbial Genetics


Lab:Water Quality Analysis

Lab: Bacterial Transformation


Read Chapter 9

Bacterial Identification Virtual Lab

Bacterial Transformation Pre-Lab

Read Chapter 10

Bacteria Population Counts Pre-Lab



Chapter 10: Controlling Microbes

Sterilization Methods


Lab: Bacteria Population Counts


Study for Exam #3



Quiz #3 Gram Stain of Unknown Bacteria

Exam #3 Chapters 7,9,& 10 including labs


Production of Yogurt Pre-Lab

Read Chapters 12 & 13



Chapters 12-13 Microbes and Food


Lab: Production of Yogurt


Read Chapter 17

Effects of UV Light Pre-Lab



Chapter 17: Disease and Resistance

Human Immune System


Lab: Effects of UV Light


Read Chapter 18

Read Chapter 19



Chapter 18: Viral Diseases of Humans

Chapter 19: Bacterial Diseases of Humans


Student Presentations


Study for Exam #4



Exam #4 Cumulative


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.

Participation Expectations

Attendance/Participation –Attendance is required. Missing three or more class meetings will result in a failing grade. Students who have financial aid may lose their funding upon missing more than the designated allowable absences. The classroom participation grade is based upon attentiveness, asking questions, productive group work, etc. Attending and participating in class is an easy way to earn 20% of your grade.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Assignments – Assignments should be handed in by the start of the class (8:30am) on the day that they are due. After 8:30am the assignment is considered late. Late assignments will be accepted but 1 point will be subtracted from the grade each day it is late. Missing assignments will receive the grade of 0. No assignments will be accepted after 7 days late.

If you are absent from class, you are responsible for emailing me your assignment or ensuring it is in my mailbox before class begins. When absent, you are also responsible for any assignments due the next week.

Labs - Labs are conducted almost every class day. It is your responsibility to conduct the lab by you and your lab partner. If you miss a lab you can do the lab make-up on your own time. However, most labs take multiple days so if you missed the first day of the experimental design or data collection, you can come back in, join a lab group, and finish the lab.

If there are extraneous circumstances that may come up during the semester please let me know; such as, the case of a family or health emergency.

Examinations - Examinations will be approx. 1 hour 15 minutes long, and will be administered in class. If you must miss an examination, you have to make arrangements with the instructor no later than one week prior to the examination for a make-up. Communication with me can be achieved through a meeting before/after class or via email. If you do not attend an examination, 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.

Housekeeping – Food and drink are not allowed in the science lab classrooms. There is a small table outside of the classroom for you to leave drinks there. 10-15 minute breaks will be given during each class. You may get up and use the restroom when necessary. Do your best to be considerate of your classmates when leaving/returning to class. Please leave your area clean when you leave. If a colleague is giving a formal presentation please wait until the student is finished before getting up, leaving, or returning to minimize distraction. We all must work together to provide a supportive, respectful, and productive learning community.

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.