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Revision Date: 25-Nov-19

BIO-2120-VU02Y - Elements of Microbiology

Lecture Class

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

Synonym: 184904

Location: Winooski - Meets Online

Credits: 4
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 07-07-2020 to 08-17-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 07-15-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-31-2020 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Roy Cutler | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00
Open Seats/Section Limit: 0/18 (as of 07-03-20 11:05 PM)
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.

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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).


Microbes get a bad rap. When they are thought of at all, it is usually in the context of disease. We talk about germs and go to extreme lengths to try to eliminate them from our lives. In fact, the microbes that can make us sick are a tiny, tiny minority of the microbes in the world. Most microbes could not care less about us and would find themselves in bad shape trying to live on us. Microbes are responsible for the vast majority of the recycling and composting that goes on around us, essential jobs without which we could not survive. While we will certainly address the microbes that make us sick, we will also attempt to gain an overall appreciation for these amazing creatures and the large role they play in our well-being.

We do not use a traditional textbook in this course. We use two relatively inexpensive popular science books. These have the advantage of being well-written and engaging. They have the disadvantage of not coming with a set of committee-tested questions and underlined vocabulary words. This is not a course that tests your ability to memorize facts. it is much more about organizing the things you read so that you can find information quickly when you need to.

Evaluation Criteria:

10% discussion participation

15% Microbe World News

15% Science Beat project

15% lab

15% quizzes

30% exams


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. 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.

BIO-2120-VU02Y 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: Roy Cutler
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ryan Joy

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.

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