Cisco Junior College Abilene Education Center BIOL 2421 - Microbiology Fall 2007 Syllabus Instructor – Dr. P. Jane Brixey Office # - 51 Phone # - 794-4418 Office Hours: M & W 8-9am & 12:30-2:30pm Lecture Room 119 Lecture Time T & Th 8-9:25am Lab Room 149 [email protected] Course Description - A survey of microbial life, including the morphology, physiology, and classification of microorganisms; emphasizes the medical and pathological importance of microbes; in-depth studies of serology and immunology. 4 credit hours (3 lecture hours & 4 lab hours). Prerequisite - CHEM 1411 or approval of chairperson. Textbook - Kathleen Talaro. Foundations in Microbiology. Sixth Edition. Optional – Student Study Guide for Foundations in Microbiology, 6th edition. McGraw-Hill Publishers Lab Book – Laboratory Manual for Microbiology - BIOL 2421. Cisco Junior College Print Shop. Enrollment in the BIOL 2421 Lab is required for this course. Attendance Policy: Regular attendance is necessary in order to maintain good grades in this class. A sign-in sheet will be used to keep accurate records of attendance. Students with a failing average grade due to excessive absences (six absences) may be withdrawn from this course. Absences will not directly penalize your grade, but they can lead to lower exam grades or failing the course. Grading Policy : Lecture Exams 50 % Lab Exams, etc. 25 % Final Exam 25 % A = 90 - 100 % B = 80 - 89 C = 70 - 79 D = 60 - 69 F = below 60% Examination Policy: a. There will be 4 lecture exams. The test material will come primarily from lecture notes, handouts, and text. b. You will need to bring a scantron sheet (Form 882-E) and a #2 pencil with you for each exam. Exams will be a combination of multiple-choice, matching, and true/false. c. One exam grade will be dropped. The average of the 3 highest exam grades will constitute 50% of you final grade. d. The final exam will be comprehensive and can not be dropped. It will count 25% of your grade. e. Any student caught cheating will receive a zero on the exam and that grade can not be dropped. Cheating can be used as grounds for being dropped from the class. f. In order to receive a passing letter grade of “D” or better, a student must receive a minimum grade average of 50 % in the laboratory portion of the course. g. Last day to withdraw with a “W” is November 9th. Changes to the Syllabus: The schedule and procedures in this syllabus are subject to change if deemed appropriate by the instructor. Students with Special Needs: Students who qualify for specific accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should notify the instructor the first week of class. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the necessary documentation to the Special Populations Coordinator. Course content: College-level courses may include controversial, sensitive, and/or adult material. Students are expected to have the readiness for college-level rigor and content. Academic Integrity: It is the intent of Cisco Junior College to foster a spirit of complete honesty and a high standard of integrity. The attempt of students to present as their own any work they have not honestly performed is regarded by the faculty and administration as a serious offense and renders the offender liable to serious consequences, possibly suspension. Tentative Lecture Schedule: 8/28 Syllabus & Pretest 30 Ch. 1 – The Main Themes of Microbiology 9/4 2 – The Chemistry of Biology 6 2- “ “ “ 11 3 – Tools of the Laboratory 13 4 – Procaryotic Cells 18 EXAM 1 20 5 – Eucaryotic Cells and Microorganisms 25 6 – Intro. to Viruses 27 7 – Microbial Nutrition, Ecology, and Growth 10/2 8 – Microbial Metabolism 4 9 – Microbial Genetics 9 9–“ “ “ 11 EXAM II 16 10 – Genetic Engineering 18 11 – Physical & Chemical Control of Microbes 23 12 – Drugs, Microbes, Host – The Elements of Chemotherapy 25 13 – Microbe-Human Interactions 30 14 – Nonspecific Host Defenses 11/1 15 – Adaptive, Specific Immunity and Immunization 6 EXAM III 8 16 – Disorders in Immunity 13 17 – Diagnosing Infections 15 18 – 21 – Bacteria of Medical Importance 20 18 – 21 “ “ “ 22 NO CLASS - Thanksgiving 27 22 - 23 – Fungi & Parasites of Medical Importance 29 22 – 23 “ “ “ 12/4 EXAM IV 6 Review ** Final Examination ** Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 8am ** Student Conduct: Students are expected to take responsibility in helping to maintain a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from the time spent in class, students are prohibited from using cell phones or beepers, making offensive remarks, reading material not related to class, sleeping or engaging in any other form of distraction. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom shall result, at a minimum, in a request to leave class. A more detailed list of inappropriate behaviors is found in the current student handbook. The objective of the natural sciences component of the core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. Expected Educational Outcomes 1. To understand and apply method and appropriate technology to the study of natural sciences. 2. To recognize scientific and quantitative methods and the differences between these approaches and other methods of inquiry and to communicate findings, analyses, and interpretation both orally and in writing. 3. To identify and recognize the differences among competing scientific theories. 4. To demonstrate knowledge of the major issues and problems facing modern science, including issues that touch upon ethics, values, and public policies. 5. To demonstrate knowledge of the interdependence of science and technology and their influence on, and contribution to, modern culture.