SRJC Course Outlines

2/22/2024 2:05:58 AMMICRO 60 Course Outline as of Fall 2007

Changed Course

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
Also Listed As: 

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.

Completion of CHEM 60 and completion of BIO 10

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 and completion of BIO 10
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: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1.  Describe the history of the discovery of the microbial world.
2.  Relate microbial causality of disease to Koch's Postulates.
3.  Categorize microbes taxonomically and evolutionarily.
4.  Describe the basic chemical activities essential to life.
5.  Contrast mutation, recombination, conjugation, transformation,
6.  Describe viruses, their relation to cells, vaccinations.
7.  Compare various mechanisms of pathogenicity.
8.  Describe the function of the immune system and its relation to
9. Relate environmental influences on host resistance to public health
10. Perform basic microbiological laboratory techniques.

Topics and Scope
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1.  History of microbiology
   A. Discovery, microscopy, staining
   B. Koch's Postulates and causality
   C. Scientific method as it applies to microbiology
   D. Microbiology and world civilizations
2.  Unity of life
   A. Cells and chemistry
   B. Structure and function of nucleic acids
   C. Structure and function of proteins
   D. Energy metabolism
   E. Prokaryotes and eukaryotes
   F. Antibiotics and selective toxicity
3.  Taxonomy and identification
   A. DNA based methodologies
   B. Epidemiology
   C. Select normal flora and pathogens
4.  Microbial genetics
   A. Mutation and recombination
      1. Plasmids, conjugation, transduction, transformation
      2. Biotechnology
   B. Antibiotic paradox
5.  Virus
   A. Discovery and definitions
   B. Interactions with host cell
   C. Anti-viral vaccination and chemotherapy
   D. Retrovirus, HIV disease, cancer
6.  Prions
7.  Host's role in disease
   A. Symbiosis
   B. Non-specific resistance
   C. The immune system and immunization
   D. Environmental influences on host resistance

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1. Reading assignments from text, averaging one chapter per week;
additional reading assignments averaging 5-10 pages per week.
2. Laboratory experiments, data collection, demonstration of sterile and
culture technique.
3. Lab reports.
4. Examinations: objective and essay questions.

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
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 40%
Lab reports
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Sterile and culture technique
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
50 - 80%
Multiple choice, Completion, Essay
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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Microbiology: An Introduction, 8th edition,  by G.J. Tortora, B.R. Funke
and C.L. Case, 2004
Microbiology for the Health Sciences, 2006, by G.Burton and P.Engelkirk
Instructor prepared lab manual

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