BIOL-2420-01 - Microbiologyfor Non-Science Majors
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2016 Course Syllabus
BIOL-2420-01 - Microbiologyfor Non-Science Majors
|Instructor||Jordan, Percy J.|
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|Course Description||Study of the morphology, physiology, and taxonomy of representative groups of pathogenic and nonpathogenic microorganisms. Pure cultures of microorganisms grown on selected media are used in learning laboratory techniques. Includes a brief preview of food microbes, public health, and immunology.|
Basic Skills: Competency in reading, writing, and math
Course Prerequisites: Biology 2401 and Biology 2402
1. Lecture Textbook: Microbiology Principles and Explorations, 9th Edition by Jacquelyn Black, John Wiley and Son, Inc.,
2. Laboratory Manual: Microbiology, Laboratory & Applications, Second Edition, Michael J. Leboffe & Burton E. Pierce, Morton Publishing
|Attendance Policy||Absences, Tardiness, and Make-ups: Attendance is required, and punctuality is expected. If you miss 5 or more classes with unexcused absences, the instructor reserves the right to drop you from the course (instructor initiated drop). You are responsible for all materials covered in class. If you quit coming to class and do not officially drop, your grades will be averaged, and you will receive the grade represented by this average. The administrative details are your responsibility (You must officially drop the course.). Make-up exams will not be given. If you miss an exam because of an excused absence, your lowest lecture exam score will be used as the score for the exam that you missed. Excused absences include medical and family emergencies, and the validity of the excuse is determined by the instructor. You can only miss one exam with an excused absence (excluding the final), and you must take the final exam. Poor preparation or conflict with other scheduled exams is not a valid excuse for missing an exam. Written proof from a physician will be required for medical and family emergencies in order to substitute the score for the missed exam.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||75% Lecture Exams; 25% Laboratory Exams|
|Final Exam Date||May 10, 2016 - 8:00 AM Through May 10, 2016 - 10:30 AM|
Exam I: February 18, 2016
Exam II: March 10, 2016
Exam III: April 14, 2016
Final Exam: May 10, 2016
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 1: Course introduction; syllabus review; Chapter 1
Week 2: Chapter 1. Chapter 3, & Chapter 4
Week 3: Chapter 4, Chapter 5, & Chapter 6
Week 4: Chapter 6, Chapter 7, & Chapter 8
Week 5: Exam I; Chapter 9 & Chapter 10
Week 6: Chapter 10 & Chapter 11
Week 7: Chapter 12 & Chapter 13
Week 8: Exam II; Chapter 14
Week 9: Chapter 15 & Chapter 16
Week 10: Chapter 16 & Chapter 17
Week 11: Chapter 17; Chapter 19
Week 12: Exam III; Chapter 20
Week 13: Chapter 21 & Chapter 22
Week 14: Chapter 22 & Chapter 23
Week 15: Chapter 24
Week 16: Chapter 25 & Final Exam
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO Alpha: Reading Skills-Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills-Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills-Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
PSLO 3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills-Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills-Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
Learning Outcomes Biol 2420 Lecture
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Provide examples of the impact of microorganisms on agriculture, environment, ecosystem, energy, and human health, including biofilms. (PSLO Alpha) Measured by: Pre-test/Post-test.
2. Identify unique structures, capabilities, and genetic information flow of microorganisms. (PSLO 1) Measured by: embedded test questions
3. Compare the life cycles and structures of different types of viruses. (PSLO 1) Measured by: embedded test questions
4. Discuss how microscopy has revealed the structure and function of microorganisms.(PSLO 2,3) Measured by: embedded test questions
5. Give examples of the range of metabolic diversity exhibited by microorganisms, impact of metabolic characteristics on growth, and control of growth. (PSLO 1,3) Measured by: embedded test questions
6. Describe evidence for the evolution of cells, organelles, and major metabolic pathways from early prokaryotes and how phylogenetic trees reflect evolutionary relationships.(PSLO 1,2) Measured by: embedded test questions
7. Describe the causes and consequences of mutations on microbial evolution and the generation of diversity as well as human impacts on adaptation.(PSLO 1,2) Measured by: embedded test questions
8. Classify interactions of microorganisms on human and non-human hosts as neutral, detrimental, or beneficial. (PSLO 1, 2) Measured by: embedded test questions
9. Compare different sexual and asexual life cycles noting their adaptive advantages. (PSLO 1) Measured by: embedded test questions
10. Illustrate the relationship between major geologic change, extinctions, and evolutionary trends. (PSLO 1, 2, 4) Measured by: class discussions or discussion board activity
Learning Outcomes Biol 2420 Lab
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data. (PSLO 1, 2, 3,4) Measured by: embedded test questions
2. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory. (PSLO 1, 4) Measured by: embedded test questions
3. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations. (PSLO 2, 4) Measured by: embedded test questions
4. Provide examples of the impact of microorganisms on agriculture, environment, ecosystem, energy, and human health, including biofilms. (PSLO 1, 2) Measured by: embedded test questions
5. Identify unique structures, capabilities, and genetic information flow of microorganisms.(PSLO 1) Measured by: embedded test questions
6. Compare the life cycles and structures of different types of viruses. (PSLO 1) Measured by: embedded test questions
7. Discuss how microscopy has revealed the structure and function of microorganisms. (PSLO 2, 4) Measured by: class discussions or discussion board activity
8. Give examples of the range of metabolic diversity exhibited by microorganisms, impact of metabolic characteristics on growth, and control of growth.(PSLO 1, 2) class discussions or discussion board activity
9. Describe evidence for the evolution of cells, organelles, and major metabolic pathways from early prokaryotes and how phylogenetic trees reflect evolutionary relationships. (PSLO 1, 2) class discussions or discussion board activity
10. Describe the causes and consequences of mutations on microbial evolution and the generation of diversity as well as human impacts on adaptation. (PSLO 1, 2) class discussions or discussion board activity
11. Classify interactions of microorganisms on human and non-human hosts as neutral, detrimental, or beneficial. (PSLO 1,2) class discussions or discussion board activity
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
March 2, 2016-Last day to drop or withdraw and still receive a Q/W even if failing the course; last day to petition for no grade.
April 20, 2016-Last day to drop or withdraw from the semester.
I will not discuss grades over the phone. You may request your grades by e-mail from your Lamar State College-Port Arthur e-mail address (for example, firstname.lastname@example.org) or by student-instructor conference.
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including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
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Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
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This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|