Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: BIOL-2120- Section: 71
Microbiology Laboratory
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Percy Jordan
Phone(409) 984-6335
Location:Student Center - Room: 412
Hours:Office hours will be conducted via Zoom.
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 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 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.

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 Smear Preparation and Fixation

5 Exam I; Simple Stain and Gram Stain

6 Negative Stain and Endospore Stain

7 Exam II; Types of Media

8 Kirby-Bauer Test

9 Protozoans and Fungi

10 Exam III
Major Assignments

Laboratory Schedule

Laboratory Exam I: July 6, 2021 (begin at 6 pm) to July 8, 2021 (end at 11:59 pm)
Laboratory exercises for lab exam I are as follows: Basic Microbiology Laboratory Safety, Microscopy, Aseptic Technique, and Smears.

Laboratory Exam II: July 20, 2021 (begin at 6 pm) to July 22, 2021 (end at 11:59 pm)
Laboratory exercises for lab exam II are as follows: Simple Staining, Negative Staining, Gram Staining, and Spore Staining.

Laboratory Exam III: August 10, 2021 (begin at 6 pm) to August 12, 2021 (end at 11:59 pm)
Laboratory exercises for lab exam III are as follows: Types of Media, Kirby-Bauer Method, and Protozoans & Fungi

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 and/or exams not completed by the end of the availability date will receive a grade of "0" zero.

Final Exam Date August 10, 2021 - 6:0 PM   Through  August 12, 2021 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale 90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
100% Laboratory Exams

No grades are dropped when calculating averages.
No makeup exams are given, and there are NO re-takes on any exam.
All lab exams must be taken as scheduled.
Lecture and Lab grades are NOT combined. Each course will be graded independently. Exams that are not taken as scheduled will receive a grade of zero.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies It is imperative that you check your email EVERY DAY. This is an online class and email is the only way I have to contact you.
You MUST use the "Send Email" link from within the course when emailing me.

If you wish to email me about a grade, you must email me from the "send email" link within the course website.
Attendance Policy This is an online lab and it is the responsibility of each student to have a RELIABLE computer AND Internet access for the duration of the course. Computer labs at LSCPA are available for use. Please note that some course material may not be accessible using a cell phone and/or tablet device.
In this online class there are no scheduled class "meeting times" and it is your responsibility to manage your schedule to include completion of course requirements as scheduled. Handouts for all labs are posted on the course website. These contain information about the lab topic, indicate the sections of the lab workbook assigned for that lab, references to images posted on the course website, as well as questions over lab content. These lab handouts are designed to provide you guidance on what to study. They are not submitted for grading.

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).

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.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal ( When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLSCPA.
Other June 21, 2021 - Final day to drop a course or withdraw without academic penalty.
August 9, 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, 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.