Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: BIOL-2320- Section: 01
Microbiology for Non-Science Majors
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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 basic microbiology and immunology and is primarily directed at pre-nursing, pre-allied health, and non-science majors. It provides an introduction to historical concepts of the nature of microorganisms, microbial diversity, the importance of microorganisms and acellular agents in the biosphere, and their roles in human and animal diseases. Major topics include bacterial structure as well as growth, physiology, genetics, and biochemistry of microorganisms. Emphasis is on medical microbiology, infectious diseases, and public health.
Prerequisites Basic Skills: Competency in reading, writing, and math
Learning Outcomes 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
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 Microbiology with Diseases By Body Systems (5th ed.) by Robert Bauman. ISBN: 978013478304. Publisher is Pearson.

This textbook will contain an access code for Pearson Mastering Microbiology. Please only purchase the textbook from the Lamar State College Bookstore or directly from the Publisher in order to receive the correct access code.
Lecture Topics
Weekly Schedule
1 Online Orientation, Chapter 1
2 Chapter 3 and Chapter 4
3 Chapter 5 & Chapter 6
4 Chapter 7 & Chapter 8
5 Exam #1 Chapters 1,3,4,5,6,7,& 8
Chapter 9
6 Chapter 10
7 Chapter 11
8 Chapter 12
9 Chapter 13
10 Exam #2 Chapters 9,10,11,12,&13
Chapter 14
11 Chapter 15 & Chapter 16
12 Chapter 17 & Chapter 19
13 Exam #3 Chapters 14,15,16,17,& 19
Chapter 20
14 Chapters 21 & 22
15 Chapters 23 & 24
16 Chapter 25
Final Exam is chapters 20-25.
Major Assignments
Exam I: 2/21/19
Exam II: 3/28/19
Exam III: 4/16/19
Final Exam: 5/14/19

Final Exam Date May 14, 2019 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 14, 2019 - 10:30 AM
Grading Scale 90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
100% Lecture 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.

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 account (for example, doeja@lamarpa.edu) or by student-instructor conference.

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). You can only miss one exam with an excused absence (excluding the final), and you must take the final exam. Excused absences include medical and family emergencies and are determined at the instructor's discretion. 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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Other Make-ups:
THERE ARE NO MAKE UP EXAMS OR ?RE-TAKES?! The dates for ALL EXAMS are clearly posted on the Lecture Schedule and you are expected to be in class on those days. If you miss an exam FOR ANY REASON YOU MUST EMAIL me IMMEDIATELY -- and then CHECK YOUR email for a response from me containing instructions. If you do miss an exam, DO NOT wait until the next class period to email or talk to me! If you do not complete an exam before the next class period, you will NOT be allowed to take the exam. If you do not take an exam, you will receive either a grade of ?0? for that exam or your lowest exam grade will be counted twice. Based on your excuse and your effort to contact me, I will decide which option will apply. If you are missing an exam because of a medical emergency, bring me a copy of the discharge papers from the Emergency Room/Hospital.
If you have a previously scheduled appointment, event, etc that conflicts with an exam, you MUST CONTACT ME BY EMAIL AT LEAST ONE WEEK in advance to make arrangements to take the exam EARLY. Exams will NOT be re-scheduled due to poor preparation or work for other classes.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.