SRJC Course Outlines

6/21/2024 4:16:04 PMMICRO 5 Course Outline as of Summer 2007

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  MICRO 5Title:  GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY  
Full Title:  General Microbiology
Last Reviewed:8/14/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum5.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum5.00Lab Scheduled6.006 min.Lab Scheduled105.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total9.00 Contact Total157.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 262.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Physiology and genetics of micro-organisms with emphasis on bacteria. Principles of host-parasite interaction.

Completion of CHEM 60 or higher and completion of BIO 10.

Recommended Preparation:
Elibility for English 1A

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Physiology, genetics, and toxonomy of micro-organisms with emphasis on bac teria. Principles of host-parasite interaction.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of CHEM 60 or higher and completion of BIO 10.
Recommended:Elibility for English 1A
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
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:
 5BBiological SciencesFall 1981
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

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.  Outline the history of major microbiological discoveries and describe
their contributions to world civilization.
2.  Describe the steps in the scientific method.
3.  Relate basic principles of chemistry and cell biology to microbes.
4.  Describe the unique structures and mechanisms of microbial genetics.
5.  Categorize microbes taxonomically and evolutionarily.
6.  Describe viruses and their relation to cells.
7.  Compare various mechanisms of pathogenicity.
8.  Describe the function of the immune system and its relation to
9.  Perform a variety of microbiological laboratory techniques.

Topics and Scope
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I.  Historical development
   A.  The pre-microbial world
   B.  Discovery of microbial world, development of the microscope
   C.  Spontaneous generation and pleiomorphism
   D.  Koch's postulates
   E.  Contribution of biochemistry and molecular biology to
   F.  Contribution of microbiology to world civilization
II. Cell biology
   A.  Chemistry and biochemistry review
   B.  Lipids, membranes and cells
   C.  DNA, RNA, Protein:  structure and functions
   D.  ATP synthesis and cell work
   E.  The eucaryotic cell - structure and function
   F.  The procaryotic cell - structure and function
III. Methodology
   A.  Steps of the scientific method
   B.  Methods of sterilization: heat and filtration
   C.  Media and their construction and utilization
   D.  Methods of obtaining pure cultures
   E.  Staining and microscopy
   F.  Analysis and manipulation of growth:  the standard curve
   G.  Enrichment culture
   H.  Fermentation:  theory and practice
   I.  Isolation of mutants and recombinants
   J.  Virus titration
IV. Microbial genetics
   A.  Genome and phenotype
   B.  Mutation, selection, adaptation
   C.  Recombination
       1.  mobile genetic elements: virus, plasmid
       2.  enzymes and mechanisms
       3.  isolation and identification of recombinants
   D.  The environment and the genome
V.  Virus
   A.  Definitions and historical background
   B.  Interactions with cells
   C.  Viral disease
       1.  vaccination and treatment
       2.  small pox and polio
       3.  HIV disease
VI. Taxonomy
   A.  Problems intrinsic to taxonomy
   B.  Traditional versus modern approaches
   C.  Taxonomy of selected groups
   A.  Evolutionary origins.
   B.  Specific types: nitrogen fixation, cellullose disgestion
   C.  Impact on model of infectious disease
VIII.Infectious disease
   A.  Role of normal flora
   B.  Mechanisms of pathogenicity
   C.  Epidemiology
   D.  Role of the host in disease
       1)  Non-specific resistance
       2)  Immune system
       3)  Factors influencing host resistance
   E.  Vaccination
IX. Applied microbiology
   A.  Modern biotechnology or "genetic" engineering
   B.  Enrichment culture in biotechnology
   C.  Traditional enrichment and fermentation biology

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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: 6-8 per semester, averaging 2-3 pages.
4. Examinations: 2-4 lecture exams and a final exam.

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
10 - 30%
Lab reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 10%
Sterile and culture technique
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
60 - 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: A Human Perspective by E.W. Nester, C.E. Roberts,
M.T. Nester, D.G. Anderson, 2005
Instructor prepared lab manual

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