BIO 205 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:  January 2014              


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Science


Course Number and Title:           BIO 205, General Microbiology


Credit Hours:  4                   Hours/Wk Lecture:   3        Hours/Wk Lab:                    3          Lec/Lab Comb:  4         



I.              Catalog Description:      Examines morphology, genetics, physiology, ecology, and control of microorganisms. Emphasizes application of microbiological techniques to selected fields. Prerequisites one year of college biology and one year of college chemistry or divisional approval. Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.         


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


This course will function as a required science course in transfer curricular or as a liberal arts elective.  Pre-med and nursing students should consider taking this course.


III.           Required background: 


BIO 101


IV.          Course Content:


A.               Scope and History of Microbiology

B.               Platyhelminthes and Nemathelminthes

C.               Observation of Microorganisms

D.               Microbial Metabolism

E.               Microbial Growth

F.                Microbial Genetics

G.               Viruses

H.               Principles of Disease and Epidemiology

I.                  Immune Responses and Immune System Disorders

J.                Antimicrobial drugs

K.               Microbial Diseases of Body Systems

L.                Applied and Industrial Microbiology



V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI.  Evaluation

A.   Master basic lab techniques for the investigation of microorganisms.

B.   Describe principles and processes of microbial metabolism, growth, and genetics

C.   Understand the structure and activity of viruses

D.   Explain the role of microorganisms in disease processes

E.   Demonstrate an understanding of the immune system and its response to microorganisms

F.    Understand the principles of disease and the effects of microbial drug use and overuse

G.   Demonstrate an awareness of essential topics in applied and industrial microbiology.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of tests, quizzes, exams, and other written assignments or projects as assigned by faculty.  Students must also complete laboratory assignments and reports.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



VII.      This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives


Critical Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning

Scientific Reasoning