SRJC Course Outlines

5/24/2024 9:04:32 AMMICRO 60 Course Outline as of Fall 1997

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Discipline and Nbr:  MICRO 60Title:  FUND/MICROBIOLOGY  
Full Title:  Fundamentals of Microbiology
Last Reviewed:5/8/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled3.005 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Survey of the major concepts of microbiology with emphasis on those related to infectious disease.  Basic techniques for cultivation and identification of micro-organisms, principles of genetics, physiology, and disease resistance.

Completion of CHEM 60 or higher (V6) and Completion of BIO 10 or higher (V7)

Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Survey of the major concepts of microbiology with emphasis on those related to human disease. Basic lab techniques.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Completion of CHEM 60 or higher (V6) and Completion of BIO 10 or higher (V7)
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B2Life ScienceFall 1981
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
1.  Describe the discovery of the microbial world and its ubiquity.
2.  Relate microbial causality of disease to Koch's Postulates.
3.  Place microbes evolutionarily and taxonomically.
4.  Describe the basic chemical activities essential to life.
5.  Define selective toxicity and relate its connection to the basic
   chemical activties of cells.
6.  Compare and contrast anti-microbial and anti-viral chemotherapy.
7.  Describe the modern approach to taxonomy and relate it to epidemiology
   and biotechnology.
8.  Contrast mutation and recombination and relate to diversity of
   micro-organisms and virus.
9.  Describe conjugation, transformation, and transduction and relate
   to the "antibiotic paradox".
10. Construct and sterilize culture media.
11. Isolate and identify organisms in pure culture by staining and
12. Biotype representative organisms.
13. Isolate and identify normal flora of human body.
14. Test antibiotic sensitivity of representative micro-organisms.
15. Titrate virus.
16. Define virus, and retrovirus and describe there interactions with
17. Relate antiviral vaccination to virus cell interaction.
18. Relate anti-viral chemotherapy to virus cell interactions.
19. Define symbiosis and relate to role of the host is disease.
20. Describe various mechanisms of pathogenicity.
21. Describe non-specific defences against disease.
22. Describe the components and functions of the immune system and relate
   to disease processes.
23. Describe environmental influences on host resistance to disease
   and relate to public health measures for the control of disease.

Topics and Scope
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1.  History of microbiology
   A. Discovery, microscopsy, staining
   B. Koch's Postulates and causality
2.  Methods
   A. Pure and enrichment cultures
   B. Sterlization
3.  Unity of life
   A. Cells and chemistry
   B. Structure and function of nucleic acids
   C. Structure and function of proteins
   D. Commonalities of energy metabolism
   E. Procaryotes and eucaryotes
      1. Antibiotics and selecive toxicity
4.  Taxonomy and identification
   A. DNA based methodologies
   B. Epidemiology
   C. Select pathogens and normal flora
5.  Microbial genetics
   A. Mutation and recombination
      1. Plasmids, conjugation, transduction, transformation
      2. Biotechnology
   B. Antibiotic paradox
6.  Virus
   A. Discovery and definitions
   B. Interactions with host cell
   C. Anti-viral vaccination and chemotherapy
      1. Small pox and polio
   D. Retrovirus, HIV disease, cancer
7.  Symbiosis
   A. Evolutionary origins and significance
   B. Role in host centered model of disease
8.  Host's role in disease
   A. Non-specific resistance
   B. The immune system and its functions
      1. Vaccination
   C. Environmental influences on host resistance

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Assignments for Microbiology 60 include:
1.  Specific reading assignments from the text averaging one chapter per
week. Outside reading averaging 5-10 pages per week.
2.  Lab reports averaging 1-2 pages per week.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 60%
Lab reports, Essay exams
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 40%
Lab reports, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 40%
Class performances, Performance exams
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 50%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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MICROBIAL BIOLOGY, 4th edition, by Rosenberg, E. and Cohen, I. Saunders
College, 1983.
MICROBIOLOGY, 3rd edition, by I.E. Alcama, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing
Co. Inc., 1991

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