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Fall 2021

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BIO201 - Microbiology and Human Disease

Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Studies the characteristics of microorganisms, their role in health and disease, and methods of controlling them. Examines mechanisms of immunity. Laboratory exercises reinforce important concepts and aseptic techniques. Recommended for students majoring in health-related sciences. Three class hours, three lab hours.. Prerequisite: BIO152 or BIO115 with a ā€˜Cā€™ or higher.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Lab: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Engage in activities utilizing the process of science.
2. Predict the outcomes of human infectious diseases.
3. Characterize the six types of microorganisms.
4. Discuss contributions of important early microbiologists.
5. Compare the structure and function of prokaryotic cells and eukaryotic cells.
6. Demonstrate basic microbiological laboratory techniques, including but not limited to culturing, streak plates, Gram stains, aseptic technique, and identification methods.
7. Explain chemical and physical growth requirements of microbes, and how they are related to disease outcome.
8. Describe the energy yielding (catabolic) metabolic pathways, including aerobic respiration, anaerobic respiration, and fermentation.
9. Describe how microbial growth is controlled.
10. Discuss bacterial genetics (mutations, plasmids, microbial genetic recombination, DNA replication, protein synthesis, and/or genetic engineering).
11. Explain how bacterial resistance develops, with examples.
12. Discuss the field of epidemiology broadly, including the role of the CDC.
13. Explain how hospital-acquired infections (nosocomial) can be controlled.
14. Describe microbial characteristics that contribute to virulence.
15. Explain non-specific (innate) and specific (acquired) immunity in the human body.
16. Explain the role of the immune system in inflammation


Effective Term: Fall 2019