This course will instruct students on the fundamentals of microbiology. Topics will include introduction to the biology of microorganisms, including structure, function, metabolism, growth, genetics, diversity, and host-parasite relationships. Also, examples of how microorganisms are relevant to the needs, activities, and role of the health of individuals is discussed. Students will explore principles of applied microbiology and apply these scientific principles to case studies and lab experiences.
This undergraduate-level course is 7 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
Topics and Objectives
The History and Future of Microbiology The Study of Bacteria Introducing Staining and Culture Introducing Taxonomy
- Define the scope of microbiology.
- Explain factors that influence bacterial growth.
- Identify the techniques and principles of staining.
- Classify bacteria according to taxonomic criteria.
Microorganisms and Parasitology Microbes and Disease Processes Epidemiology and Nosocomial Infections
- Discuss characteristics of parasites, fungi, helmiths, and arthropods.
- Explain host–microbe relationships.
- Analyze different diseases and their relationship to human life.
- Describe the disease process and its impact on humans.
- Describe the scope of epidemiology.
- Define the epidemiology of nosocomial infections.
Viruses and Their Relationship to the Human Body Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
- Identify characteristics of viruses.
- Describe the classification of viruses.
- Discuss viral replication in microbiology.
- Describe virus-like agents.
- Identify the relationship between viruses and cancer.
- Define antimicrobial chemotherapies and their impact on humans.
- Describe general properties of antimicrobial agents in relation to the human body.
Innate and Adaptive Host Defenses Basic Principles of Immunology
- Identify nonspecific and specific host defenses.
- Define types of immunity.
Skin and Eye Diseases, Wounds, and Bites Urogenital and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Oral and Gastrointestinal Diseases
- Identify diseases related to the skin, mucous membranes, and eyes.
- Identify diseases related to wounds and bites.
- Describe components of a healthy urogenital system.
- Distinguish between sexually and non-sexually transmitted microbial urogenital diseases.
- Discuss components of a healthy digestive system.
- Identify major microbial diseases that impact the gastrointestinal system.
Respiratory System Diseases Cardiovascular Diseases
- Identify components of a healthy respiratory system.
- Identify major microbial diseases of the respiratory system.
- Identify components of a healthy cardiovascular system.
- Identify major microbial diseases of the cardiovascular system.
Nervous System Diseases The Application of Microbiology
- Identify components of a healthy nervous system.
- Identify major microbial diseases of the nervous system.
- Apply microbiology to daily living.
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