NAS 185 Syllabus


Division: Arts and Sciences                                                                                              Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: First Year Studies


Course Number and Title:  NAS 185, Microbiology


Credit Hours:  4       Hours/Wk Lecture: 3          Hours/Wk Lab: 1     Lec/Lab Comb:  4  



I.              Catalog Description: Surveys microorganisms, presenting their characteristics and activities as related to health and disease.  Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 5-6 hours per week. 4 credits. 


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


This course will meet the microbiology requirement for dental hygiene students.


III.           Required background: 


Non developmental in writing and reading and MTE 3 or equivalent placement.  A passing grade in either high school biology or BIO 101, or divisional approval.


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


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

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
Cultural and Social Understanding