Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: BIOL-2320- Section: 71
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Percy Jordan
Phone(409) 984-6335
Location:Student Center - Room: 412
Hours:Office hours will occur via Zoom meeting. Email me a time you wish to have a Zoom meeting.
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.

You will only purchase one access code for lecture and lab. The same access code will work for both lecture and lab.
Lecture Topics
Weekly Schedule
1 Online Orientation, Chapter 1,3
2 Chapters 4,5
3 Chapters 6,7,8
4 Exam 1; Chapters 9,10,11
5 Chapters 12,13
6 Exam 2; Chapters 14,15,16
7 Chapter 17,19
8 Exam 3; Chapters 20,21
9 Chapters 22.23
10 Chapter 24,26
11 Final Exam
Major Assignments
Exam I: June 27, 2021 (begin at 6 pm) - June 29, 2021 (end at 11:59 pm)
Chapters 1, 3-8
Exam II: July 11, 2021 (begin at 6 pm) - July 13, 2021 (end at 11:59 pm)
Chapters 9-13
Exam III: July 25, 2021 (begin at 6 pm) - July 27, 2021 (end at 11:59 pm)
Chapters 14-17, & 19
Final Exam: August 14, 2021 (begin at 12:30 am) - August 16, 2021 (end at 9:00 am)
Chapters 20-24 & 26

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 14, 2021 - 12:30 AM   Through  August 16, 2021 - 9:0 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 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.

Attendance Policy This is an online lecture 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.

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.