Syllabus for BIO-251
INTRODUCTION TO MICROBIOLOGY WITH LAB
The goal of Introduction to Microbiology with Lab is to help you make the connections between microbiology and the world you see around you, whether you are considering entering the healthcare field or not. Fundamental concepts in microbiology, as well as the relationship of microorganisms to disease and epidemiology, will be discussed. This course will also include a lab with emphasis on bacteria, including preparation, use of selective and differential media, and using aseptic techniques.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
CO1 Utilize the tools of the laboratory, such as types of media, microscopy, and gram staining, to study microorganisms.
CO2 Analyze the different parts and structure of the cell wall of bacteria.
CO3 Analyze the structure of and diseases caused by eukaryotic cells in the Kingdom Fungi, the Kingdom Protista (Algae and Protozoa), and the Kingdom Animalia (Helminths).
CO4 Describe various viruses, the diseases they cause, and differentiate between their structural parts.
CO5 Describe the nutritional and environmental conditions that influence microbial growth.
CO6 Explain the principles of antimicrobial therapy and the mechanism of drug action.
CO7 Analyze how different transmission routes enable microbes to infect humans and spread disease.
CO8 Explain the relationship between infectious diseases and the various body systems, including clinical manifestations.
CO9 Analyze both the advantages and disadvantages of microorganisms.
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
Your course laboratory kit is provided by eScienceLabs. Please click the following link to access instructions on how to order your lab materials: Lab Kit Requirement - Ordering Instructions.
A few additional materials, all common household items, are required to complete your lab experiments (in addition to what is included in your eScience lab kit). Detergent to clean your equipment and hot water will be needed for all of the experiments that use labware.
Additional items include:
Smartphone or Webcam
You will need either a smartphone or camera to complete some of the assignments in this course. You are also encouraged to voluntarily share videos of your lab setups or procedures. You may do this to request help from your classmates or when you can provide advice to a classmate to resolve his or her setup or procedure issues.
For instructions and assistance on how to upload a video file (or create and upload a video file) using Kaltura, visit the following link: How to Record and Submit Kaltura Videos in Discussion Forums.
Introduction to Microbiology with Lab is a four-credit, online course consisting of three modules, three discussion forums, and thirteen labs. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete laboratory assignments, take chapter quizzes, and take three proctored module exams. See below for details.
Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.
You are required to complete three graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. Please note there is an ungraded, but required, Introductions Forum. An evaluation rubric for discussion forums can be found in the Evaluation Rubrics folder in the main area of the course.
You are welcome to submit a video of your lab setup or procedure at any point during the course, either within the Class Lounge or through the Ungraded Optional Video Assignment link within Modules 1 through 3. These assignments are a way for you to interact with your classmates either to request help/clarification or to share information with another learner.
Communication among fellow students and with the mentor is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.
Introduction to Microbiology with Labs includes thirteen laboratory assignments, worth 30 percent of your course grade. Each laboratory assignment asks you to complete experiments from an eScience lab, paying close attention to the instructions provided on the eScience Labs website. You are then required to submit certain laboratory documents to the mentor for grading. These documents may consist of questions or exercises and will be specified in the module details for each module.
Very Important Note: Although your kit comes with a Lab Manual, you should not use the lab procedures or directions found therein. Obtain all of your lab procedure information and submission forms from either this course site or through logging into the eScience Labs website. The printed materials that come inside the kit are somewhat outdated and may contain errors. The online materials, on the other hand, are revised regularly.
As stated earlier in this syllabus, some additional materials, all common household items, will be required to complete your lab experiments. Also, as noted, some labs require you to submit pictures of your setup and/or procedure.
Click General Instructions for guidelines on completing laboratory assignments.
You are required to take fifteen quizzes. These quizzes will assess your mastery of basic terminology and concepts. All quiz items are multiple choice. You may use any materials that you like in taking the quizzes, and there is no time limit for taking each quiz.
You will be able to take each quiz an unlimited number of times, and the gradebook will record your most recent score. This arrangement will allow you to go back and reread portions of the text that you need to review and then take the quiz again for further practice.
Exam Study Guide(s)
For a list of key concepts that may appear on your exam(s), refer to the study guide(s) available in the Examinations section of the course Web site.
You are required to take three proctored online examinations. The exams require that you use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the Examinations and Proctors section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course website) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exams within the first week of the semester.
Online exams are administered through the course website. Consult the Course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.
Examination 1 is a closed-book exam worth 10 percent of your course grade, and it will be administered in Week 4 of the course. It is one hour long and covers all topics and material from Module 1 of the course. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions similar to those on the chapter quizzes.
Examination 2 is a closed-book exam worth 15 percent of your course grade, and it will be administered in Week 8 of the course. It is one hour long and covers all topics and material from Module 2 of the course. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions similar to those on the chapter quizzes.
Examination 3 is a closed-book exam worth 20 percent of your course grade, and it will be administered in Week 12 of the course. It is one hour long and covers all topics and material from Module 3 of the course. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions similar to those on the module quizzes.
You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:
If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Originality Report Checking at Turnitin
Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
Possible sanctions include:
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