Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: BIOL-2120- Section: 11
Microbiology for Non-Science Majors Laboratory
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Percy Jordan
Phone(409) 984-6335
Location:Student Center - Room: 412
Hours:MWF 9:00 am to 9:50 am; MW 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm; TR 8:55 am to 9:25 am; T 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm; R 11:00 am to 1:00 pm; F 12 pm to 1 pm
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description This course covers basics of culture and identification of bacteria and microbial ecology. This course is primarily directed at pre-nursing and other pre-allied health majors and covers basics of microbiology. Emphasis is on medical microbiology, infectious diseases, and public health.
Prerequisites Basic Skills: Competency in reading, writing, and math
Learning Outcomes 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
Core Objectives 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.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks You will need an access code for Pearson Mastering Microbiology. You will need the access code in order to watch the MircoLab Videos and/or Lab Technique Videos and to complete the lab questions. Please only purchase the access code from the Lamar State College Bookstore or directly from the Publisher in order to receive the correct access code.
Lecture Topics
Laboratory Schedule

Weekly Activity

1 Safety in Microbiology Laboratory

2 Use and Application of Microscopy

3 Aspetic Transfer of Bacteria and Streak Plate Technique

4 Test I

5 Smear Preparation and Fixation

6 Simple Stain and Gram Stain

7 Negative Stain and Endospore Stain

8 Test II

9 Differential and Selective Media

10 Multitest-API 20E

11 Identification of Unknown Bacteria

12 Test III
Major Assignments
Exam I: February 19, 2019
Exam II: March 26, 2019
Exam III: April 30, 2019

Final Exam Date April 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM   Through  April 30, 2019 - 12:50
Grading Scale 90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
100% Laboratory Exams
Course Policies
Instructor Policies February 28, 2019 - Final day to drop a course or withdraw without academic penalty.
April 18, 2019 - Final day to drop a course or withdraw with academic penalty.

Attendance Policy Absences, Tardiness, and Make-ups: Attendance is required, and punctuality is expected. 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). 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 are determined at the instructor's discretion. 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.
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.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.