SRJC Course Outlines

4/15/2024 12:24:00 AMMICRO 60 Course Outline as of Fall 2010

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  MICRO 60Title:  FUNDMTL 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.

Completion of CHEM 60 and BIO 10

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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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.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Completion of CHEM 60 and BIO 10
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.   Define microorganism and categorize microbes by domain and kingdom.
2.   Describe the history of the discovery of the microbial world.
3.   Relate microbial causality of disease to Koch's Postulates.
4.   Describe the basic chemical activities essential to life.
5.   Describe the structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
6.   Contrast genetic mutation, recombination, conjugation, transformation, transduction.
7.   Describe viruses, their relation to cells, and vaccinations.
8.   Compare various mechanisms of pathogenicity.
9.   Describe the function of the immune system and its relation to disease.
10.   Relate environmental influences on host resistance to public health measures.
11. 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
8.  Lab exercises
   A. Laboratory safety and sanitation
   B. Laboratory techniques
      1. aseptic techniques
      2. bacterial culture (liquid and solid medium)
      3. microscopy and staining techniques
      4. preparation and sterilization of media
      5. analyses of bacteria in water samples and on the human skin
      6. antibiotic sensitivity
      7. metabolic tests and bacterial identification
      8. ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay)

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1. Reading assignments from text, averaging one chapter per week;
additional reading assignments averaging 5-10 pages per week
2. Research paper- involves library or internet research and 10 minute oral presentation
3. Examinations: objective and essay questions, 3 midterms, 2 lab practical exams, and a final
4. Laboratory experiments, data collection, demonstration of sterile and
culture technique

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 - 20%
Research paper
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
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
80 - 90%
Multiple choice, completion, essay, quizzes, lab practicals
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 5%
Oral presentation of research paper

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Microbiology: An Introduction, 10th edition,  G.J. Tortora, B.R. Funke
and C.L. Case,  2009
Microbiology: A Systems Approach, 2nd edition, M.K.Cowan  and K.P. Talaro, McGraw-Hill, 2009
Instructor prepared lab manual

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