BIOL 440 - General Microbiology

4 units, Spring 2016

Lecture: Monday-Thursday, 1:30-2:50pm in Science 416

Laboratory: Monday-Thursday, 3-5:05pm in Science 416

ARC Main Campus

Instructor: Dr. Adam Telleen
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 12:45-1:30pm or by appointment in Science 416
Textbooks: Microbiology with Diseases by Body System (4th Edition) by Bauman
Microbiology - Laboratory Application and Practice (2nd Edition) by Leboffe and Pierce (Customized for American River College)
Syllabus: Course Guide and 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
Current Event Article Presentation Schedule
Study Guide for Unit 1
Study Guide for Unit 2
Study Guide for Unit 3
Study Guide for Unit 4
Study Guide for Unit 5
Study Guide for Lab Exam 1
Study Guide for Lab Exam 2

Lecture Materials:

Lecture 01 - History of Microbiology
Lecture 02-03 - Cell Structure and Function
Lecture 04-05 - Microscopy, Staining, and Classification
Lecture 06 - Microbial Metabolism
Lecture 07 - Microbial Growth and Nutrition
Lecture 08-09 - Microbial Genetics
Lecture 10 - Biotechnology
Lecture 11 - Controlling Microbial Growth in the Environment
Lecture 12 - Controlling Microbial Growth in the Body
Lecture 13 - Viruses, Prions, and other Infectious Particles
Lecture 14 - Nonspecific Defenses against Pathogens
Lecture 15-16 - Adaptive Immunity
Lecture 17-18 - Immunization and Immune Testing
Lecture 19 - Infections, Infectious Disease, and Epidemiology
Lecture 20 - Microbial Diseases of the Skin
Lecture 21 - Microbial Diseases of the Nervous System
Lecture 22 - Microbial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
Lecture 23 - Microbial Diseases of the Digestive System
Lecture 24 - Microbial Diseases of the Urinary and Reproductive Systems