Studies the characteristics of microorganisms including morphology, metabolism, genetics, cultivation, effects on human life and the environment. Clinical aspects as well as emerging topics such as food poisoning outbreaks, antimicrobial resistance, genetic engineering and bioterrorism are included. Laboratory sessions cover basic procedures culminating in the identification of unknown bacterial samples.
NOTE: This is not an introductory course. Students entering this course are expected to be able to understand and apply knowledge in the following areas, gained from previous courses: chemistry, genetics, cell biology, organic molecules, and cell physiology. Students who are weak may need outside help and/or supplementary materials.
Writing Intensive: This section is a writing-intensive course, and as such it incorporates discipline-specific writing extensively into the course, and the writing contributes significantly to each student’s grade. Writing assignments will be used to promote the learning of the course content, as well as to increase the students’ critical thinking and information literacy skills. Both formal and informal writing assignments will be required.
Syllabus and Documents
A hard copy of the syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class, and it is also available for you to print by clicking on the link, below. Please note that Microbiology is a double section, so half of the class will not be taking the writing-intenstive option. The course content is identical, the exams, lectures, laboratories, and all aspects of the course are the same for all 40 students. Those of you in the writing-intensive section will be required to do some writing that is not expected of the others. Therefore, the grading for the course is slightly different for the two sections; if you see the syllabus for one of your non-writing-intensive classmates you may note the necessary adjustments in the grading.