Jul 20, 2024  

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BIO 203W - General Microbiology

Credits: 4
Surveys the microbes associated with infectious diseases, including the bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa's. Emphasizes the health care aspects and the distribution and activities of microbes as related to the following: microbial nutrition and anatomy, growth, disease, epidemiology, infection and immunity. Uses labs that stress aseptic techniques and that develop skills necessary to handle microbes in health care settings, including the characterization of unknown microbes.

Prerequisite(s): READING LEVEL 2, WRITING LEVEL 2, MATH LEVEL 2 and BIO 111W  or BIO 130W  with a “B” (3.0) minimum grade; or BIO 140W  or BIO 152W  or BIO 171 , or BIO 241  each with a “C” (2.0) minimum grade.
Corequisite(s): None
Lecture Hours: 45 Lab Hours: 45
Meets MTA Requirement: Natural Science Lab
Pass/NoCredit: Yes

Outcomes and Objectives
  1. Apply the Scientific Method and understand how data is collected and organized.
    1. Make and interpret observations.
    2. Formulate and test hypotheses.
    3. Conduct and evaluate experiments.
    4. Collect and analyze data.
    5. Interpret questions, statements, texts, theories, problems, points of view, symbols, and observations.
    6. Draw and assess conclusions.
    7. Report results.
    8. Apply microbiology concepts to real world applications.
  2. Access, analyze, and use information appropriate to the discipline.
    1. Use word processing skills to prepare designated assignments.
    2. Use the library for searching and accessing information pertinent to class assignments.
    3. Use the Internet to transmit and receive e-mail and search topics pertinent to class assignments.
    4. Evaluate source and quality of information gathered through various search mechanisms for currency, appropriateness, and truthfulness.
    5. Use an appropriate style to cite and document sources.
  3. Communicate in the language of the discipline.
    1. Gather information from a text, organize and integrate the information into a format that illustrates patterns, clusters, and hierarchies of information.
    2. Write for a specific audience and purpose and use writing tasks to promote learning. Produce a formal written report in the language of the discipline.
    3. Interact productively with others and use effective listening skills.
    4. Conduct audience analysis, choose an appropriate topic, and deliver an informal presentation.
  4. Synthesize and engage in the critical thinking of the discipline.
    1. Interpret and integrate concepts and build on previously learned concepts.
    2. Reflect ethically and apply ethical decisions.
    3. Formulate solutions to problems.
    4. Draw logical conclusions based on data, evidence, theories, viewpoints, policies, and interpretations.
    5. Access, analyze, and use information to make predictions based on the evidence discovered.
    6. Identify, compare, and contrast trends and patterns.
    7. Distinguish between simple correlation and cause-and-effect.
  5. Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers.
    1. Show respect for others and value and respect differences.
    2. Work in organized groups to accomplish tasks.
    3. Accept responsibility for work achieved.
    4. Meet deadlines determined by the group.
  6. Develop, demonstrate, and apply knowledge in a microbiology laboratory.
    1. List and describe safety precautions required in microbiology laboratories to protect workers.
    2. Demonstrate proper aseptic techniques.
    3. Demonstrate proper hand washing, disinfectant procedures, and spill cleanup.
    4. Perform the proper use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
    5. Select the correct use of laboratory equipment used for working with microorganisms.
    6. Identify the correct staining methods and apply these methods used to identify microorganisms.
    7. Develop proficiency in the use of the microscope in the laboratory.
    8. Understand the use of different media in the laboratory
    9. Perform and evaluate the use of different biochemical tests in the laboratory.
    10. Describe how microorganisms are collected, inoculated, cultured, incubated, and autoclaved.
    11. Perform the correct inoculation techniques.
    12. Perform and evaluate antibiotic sensitivity tests and identify antibiotic resistance on a Culture & Sensitivity (C & S) plate.
    13. Perform and evaluate the use of water and food analyses.
    14. Apply the use of urinalysis in the laboratory.
    15. Perform the Serial Dilution and the Standard Plate Count and explain their technique, advantages, and disadvantages.
    16. Perform a specimen collection and evaluate how you must take into account aseptic technique, quantity needed, timing of administration, and correct material needed.
    17. Apply the scientific method and sequence of tests to identify an unknown bacterium.
  7. Identify the major categories of microorganisms and analyze their classification, diversity, and ubiquity.
    1. Explain how microorganism

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