Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: BIOL-2320- Section: 71
Microbiology for Non-Science Majors
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Percy Jordan
Phone(409) 984-6335
Location:Student Center - Room: 412
Hours:MW 8:00 am-11:30 am; T 11am-2pm; Please email me to schedule a meeting via Zoom; You may post question in the Discussion Board of the course Black Board Page
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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 medica
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 Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

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
6 Chapters 9-10
7 Chapter 11
8 Chapter 12
9 Chapter 13
10 Exam #2 Chapters 9,10,11,12,&13
11 Chapters 14-16
12 Chapter 17 & Chapter 19
13 Exam #3 Chapters 14,15,16,17,& 19
14 Chapters 20-22
15 Chapters 23 & 24
16 Chapter 26
Final Exam is chapters 20-24, 26.
Major Assignments
Exam I: 2/14/2021 at 6 pm until 2/17/2021 at 10 pm
Exam II: 3/28/2021 at 6 pm until 3/31/2021 at 10 pm
Exam III: 4/18/2021 at 6 pm until 4/21/20201at 10 pm
Final Exam: 5/7/2021 at 6 pm until 5/10/2021 at 10 pm

Final Exam Date May 7, 2021 - 6:0 PM   Through  May 10, 2021 - 10:0 PM
Grading Scale 90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
There will be Four Lecture Exams that will represent 100% of the overall grade for the course. Each Lecture Exam will represent 25% of the overall grade for the course.

This is an online class. It is YOUR responsibility to have a RELIABLE computer AND Internet access for the duration of this course. Please note that while many of the course materials can be accessed using a cell phone and/or tablet device, there are many questions on the homework assignments that can only be accessed on a computer (desktop or laptop). In addition, EXAMS CAN ONLY BE TAKEN ON A LAPTOP OR DESKTOP COMPUTER. If your computer breaks for any reason during the semester, IT DOES NOT EXCUSE YOU FROM THE REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINES OF THE COURSE. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure all assignments and exams are completed by their due date. Any assignments exams not completed by the end of the availability date will receive a grade of "0" zero.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies No grades are dropped when calculating averages.
No makeup exams are given, and there are NO re-takes on any exam.
Lecture and Lab grades are NOT combined. Each course will be graded independently. Unexcused Exams that are not taken as scheduled will receive a grade of zero.
All lecture assignments are completed using information in the textbook and the Mastering Microbiology website.
The assignments are completed on the Mastering Microbiology site and are accessed by the link on the LECTURE course website. The same Pearson Mastering access code is used for both Lecture Pearson Mastering Assignments and Pre-Lab Pearson Mastering Assignments.

Attendance in all lectures IS REQUIRED. It is NOT possible to attend lecture from a different instructor. It is also NOT possible to take lecture exam from a different lecture instructor.
If you have questions, you can come by during my office hours, email me at anytime, or post your question in the Discussion Board of the course Black Board page. You will need to schedule time to complete exams during their period of availability.
You will be able to take an exam after the scheduled availability period, but there will be a time penalty imposed (10% time reduction for each day that student is late taking the exam).
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.

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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Other March 1, 2021 - Final day to drop a course or withdraw without academic penalty.
April 16, 2021 - 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.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.