BIOL 440 - General Microbiology

4 units, Spring 2015

Lecture: Tuesday/Thursday, 1:30-2:50pm

Lab: Tuesday/Thursday, 3:00-5:05pm

ARC Main Campus, Room 416 in the Biology Building

Instructor: Dr. Adam Telleen
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:30pm or by appointment in the classroom/lab (416)
Textbooks: Microbiology with Diseases by Body System, fourth edition by Robert Bauman
Microbiology - Laboratory Theory and Application, second edition (customized for ARC) by Leboffe and Pierce
Prerequisites: CHEM 305, 309, 310, or 400 with a grade of "C" or better
Syllabus: Course Guide
Course Schedule

Course Description:

General Microbiology (BIOL 440) is designed for students interested in allied health or disciplines in the biological sciences. This lecture/laboratory course provides an introduction to the study of microorganisms and their interrelationships with the human body. The course covers the structure, physiology, genetics, and biochemistry of microorganisms, with an emphasis on health-related applications. The course also examines how the human body interacts with microorganisms. The laboratory component of the course provides hands-on experience with microbiology techniques, including aseptic technique, microbial growth, and diagnostic procedures.

This goal of this course is to teach students to:
1. Analyze the properties of microorganisms in terms of cellular anatomy and physiology.
2. Summarize the properties of microorganisms in terms of biochemistry and genetics and correlate these concepts to applications in biotechnology.
3. Apply microbiology concepts to current issues in human health and infectious diseases.
4. Demonstrate proper microbiology laboratory techniques involving microscopy, biochemical tests and diagnostic media to characterize microorganisms of significance to human health.
5. Evaluate how physical and chemical methods can be used to control microbial growth.
6. Explain how the human body interacts with various microorganisms through symbiotic relationships and host defenses.

Download Course Materials:

Course Guide
Course Schedule
Study Guide for Exam/Unit 1
Study Guide for Exam/Unit 2
Study Guide for Exam/Unit 3
Study Guide for Exam/Unit 4
Study Guide for Lab Exam 1
Study Guide for Lab Exam 2

Lecture Materials:

Lecture 01 - History of Microbiology - outline
Lecture 02-03 - Cell Structure and Function - outline
Lecture 04-05 - Microscopy, Staining, and Classification - outline
Lecture 06 - Microbial Metabolism - outline
Lecture 07 - Microbial Nutrition and Growth- outline
Lecture 08-09 - Microbial Genetics - outline
Lecture 10 - Biotechnology - outline
Lecture 11 - Controlling Microbial Growth in the Environment - outline
Lecture 12 - Controlling Microbial Growth in the Body - outline
Lecture 13 - Viruses, Prions, and other Infectious Particles - outline
Lecture 14 - Non-specific Host Defenses - outline
Lecture 15-16 - Specific Defense: the Immune Response - outline
Lecture 17-18 - Immunization, Immune Testing, and Immunological Disorders - outline