5 Units (3 hours lecture and 6 hours lab per week)

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Biology 265, General Microbiology Prof. Charlie Hoyt

Southwestern College Fall 2012

421-6700, x5528 choyt@swccd.edu

Course website: http://www.swccd.edu/~choyt

5 Units (3 hours lecture and 6 hours lab per week)

Lecture: MW 12:45-2pm, Room 1601

Laboratory: MW 9-11:50am, room 312

Office Hours: MW: 2 to 3pm, T: 11am to 1:10pm (first T of each month, I must attend MSE School meeting and will miss the 11-12 office hour), F: by appointment. Please come see me for any reason! For office hrs later in the semester, you should check my office and room 312, as I will be running open labs.

Course Description: An introduction to microbiology covering fundamental concepts, methods and relevant applications. Microbial structure, physiology, genetics, agents of disease, mechanisms of pathogenesis and resistance, control and treatment of disease, and immunology are covered. The laboratory includes experience in cultivation, characterization and identification of microorganisms. This course is suitable for pre-nursing, pre-dental hygiene, pre-physical therapy, pre-respiratory therapy, pre-surgical technology, the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at SWC and the Biotechnology Program at SWC. The complete course description is available here.

Contacting me: The best way is to e-mail me at the address above. When you e-mail me, always use your name and the course name as the subject. That way I know that it is from a student and that it is important! I will get back to you as soon as I can, usually within a day, often a bit longer on weekends. You can also call me at X5528, but that usually takes longer.

A. Course Goals:

1. Gain a functional and integrated understanding of the structure, metabolism and genetics of microorganisms.

2. Gain an understanding of pathogenic organisms, host-pathogen relationships and epidemiology.

3. Gain an awareness of the ubiquity of microorganisms and their role in the environment.

4. Gain the laboratory skills to safely isolate, grow, transfer, investigate and identify microorganisms.

B. Course Prerequisites: College chemistry and College biology with a grade of “C” or better.

C. Required Texts:

Tortora, et al. MICROBIOLOGY, an Introduction. 7th, 8th , 9th ,10th or 11th Ed. Pearson/Benjamin Cummings. 2004-12. (note: the class schedule is based on the 9th or 11th Ed. (see the course website for appropriate schedule) . There is a DVD/Internet supplement that is available with your text. It is helpful in visualization of some hard to describe concepts.

Leboffe and Pierce. MICROBIOLOGY: Laboratory Theory and Application,

Brief Edition. 1st or 2nd Ed. Englewood, Co.: Morton Publishers, 2008 or 2012.

D. Optional Texts:

Study guide for the Tortora text (If you have trouble organizing and integrating your notes, you might consider purchasing this guide. Available in the bookstore.)

Joklick ,D.P., et al., EDS. ZINSSER MICROBIOLOGY. 1988 Ed.

San Mateo: Appleton and Lange. (This is a good high-level microbiology text with full treatments of disease processes, a classic in the field.)

Buchanan, R.E. and N.E. Gibbons, EDS. BERGEY'S MANUAL OF DETERMINATIVE BACTERIOLOGY. 9th Ed. Baltimore: Williams and

Wilkins. (The bible of bacterial taxonomy; it does not deal with diseases.) A copy is available in our library and the lab.

Sackheim, G.I. AN INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY FOR BIOLOGY STUDENTS. 8th Ed. or latest. Menlo Park: Benjamin/Cummings. A good review of chemistry principles for those who have trouble in this area. Covers the atom through the electron transport system.

Leboffe, M.J. and B.E. Pierce. A PHOTOGRAPHIC ATLAS FOR THE MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY. 4th Ed. Englewood, Co.: Morton Publishing. A great compilation of photographs and explanations of many common microbiology lab procedures and tests.

Research and Education Foundation. Super Review: Microbiology (Simplified review of basic microbiological concepts. Quite complete and includes quizzes.)

E. On reserve in the SWC library: Bergey’s Manual.

F. Required Instructional Supplies

1. A lab coat of some sort must be worn at all times in the lab. This coat can be a standard lab coat (available at a medical supply store or the bookstore),

a smock with long sleeves or a large shirt with long sleeves to wear over your street clothes.

2. slides, lens paper, Sharpie™

3. Some sort of notebook for lab notes

4. When doing lab procedures, some people like using glasses or goggles.

G. Instructional Techniques:

Lecture and laboratory instruction are the primary methods for information dissemination. Lecture information maybe presented at any point during regularly scheduled class hours. Videotape, student presentations, written projects and lab projects may be utilized. Questions and interaction during lecture are highly encouraged and are an important part of your grade! If you have a question, please don't hesitate to ask it.

H. Academic Integrity

1. Cheating: Don't do it! The penalties are severe: Zero points on that

assignment, minus 20 personal performance points, possible expulsion from class for a week and any assignment missed during that week.

2. Plagiarism. Defined as the use of another author’s or student’s written material without proper acknowledgement. In the case of use of another student’s work, both provider and user will be penalized. Plagiarism can be a small as a sentence or as much as a whole book. To use someone else’s written words you must always give the citation as to where you obtained the information. The point is, don’t use other’s words unless you cite the author. In science, direct quotes are essentially never used and will not be allowed in this class, except if cleared through the instructor. And “patchwork paraphrasing” others work is still plagiarism (see http//:writing.wisc.edu/Handbook.html on line for details). The penalty is minus 25% per instance on that assignment (i.e. 4 instances = zero on that assignment) loss of significant participation points and possible automatic failure in the course, if the assignment was given a zero.

I. Special needs: Students having special needs or disabilities as confirmed by a health professional should let the instructor know of any required accommodations. However it is the responsibility of the student to get a “DSS Reasonable Accommodation” form from the DSS office (421-6700, x6512) to the instructor within the first 2 weeks of class to receive these accommodations. An alternative form of this syllabus and other course handouts is available upon request.

J. Grades, Assignments and Attendance:

  1. Attendance in lecture and lab is required for all scheduled meetings of the class. Instructors and students share the responsibility of withdrawal from the class. Instructor may drop a student from the class if the total hours of absences for the semester exceeds twice the number of hours the class meets per week (in this case a total of 18 hrs or 4 days of class).

  1. Instructor may drop student for excessive tardiness. I count a tardy as more than 5 minutes late or after I have started introducing the lab or started lecture for the day. Each 3 tardys equal a lab day’s absence (i.e. 3 hours) Instructor shall warn the student verbally or in writing of this and shall be able to drop the student upon the next instance of tardiness, or combination of absences and tardys exceeding 18 hrs.

3. Examinations: there are 5 midterm exams and one scheduled quiz

Midterm 1: ~100pts

Midterm 2: ~100pts

Quiz: 40pts

Midterm 3: ~70pts

Midterm 4: ~85pts

Midterm 5 (final): ~110pts

The exams will cover the material discussed in lecture. The final exam will cover the last unit of lecture (i.e. characteristics of the pathogens, so it is not comprehensive). All exams are curved and an average of the 5 exam grade level standards will constitute the final grade standard. E.g. an average of the 5 exam ‘A’ standards will define the final ‘A’ standard, etc Total: about 500pts

4. Laboratory Practicals: 2 lab practical exercises

a. Gram stain & pure culture techniques: 30pts

b. Spore stain, measurement & Acid Fast stain: 20pts

Total: about 50pts

  1. Unknowns: 2 sets of unknowns.

a. General unknown and report: 100pts

b. Enteric unknown: 20pts Total: 120pts

6. Oral presentation on a disease causing organism. Total: 50pts

7. Lab quizzes: at the beginning of each lab period, the instructor retains the right to administer a quick 5pt quiz that can cover that day’s lab as well as the results from the previous lab exercise. Variable number of pts

8. Individual Lecture and Laboratory Participation, Teamwork, Proficiency, Safety and Cleanliness. All students must conduct themselves in a safe, responsible manner. The instructor reserves the right to dismiss a student from the course if a student is deemed to be unsafe or disruptive. Students are also responsible for being prepared for each day’s lab exercise and must work cooperatively with other students. This will be graded so that the average student will receive a 0pts while an outstanding student can receive up to 20pts while a student that is often late or absent, unprepared or uncooperative may have up to 20pts deducted from their final total. Total: + 20 to –20pts

Total approximate points: 675 + 20pts

9. Misconduct: Instructor may exclude a student for up to 2 class meetings due to misconduct. Instructor will contact the Dean of Student Activities and Health Services after exclusion. Misconduct is defined as:

a. Disruption of the class including but not limited to disobedience, loud/abusive/threatening behavior.

b. Use or sale of intoxicants

c. Damage or theft of college or other student’s property

10. All students must complete the general unknowns, give the oral presentation and take the final exam to receive a passing grade.

11. Make ups: Will be given for a midterm exam for a valid (e.g. medical emergency) absence. You must have proof and contact the instructor or leave a message before the class period in which the class takes the exam. The make up will be an essay exam and will be given only on the day you return. Labs, lab quizzes and lab practical make ups are not given.

K. Course repetition notification

1. The California Community Colleges have made changes to course repetition rules starting for the summer of 2011.

  1. Students will no longer be allowed to enroll in a specific course if they have received substandard grades (i.e. D, F or NP) or W’s totaling 3 times. Students with extenuating circumstances may seek approval to enroll in a course for the 4th time through the petition process (go to Admissions and Records). Petitions will be considered if a student was prevented from going to class through events beyond their control (e.g. natural disaster, illness or injury where the medical intervention requires a prolonged absence, or death in the immediate family).

  1. If you already have 3 substandard grades or W’s in a course you will no longer be allowed to enroll in that specific course at SWC (i.e. there is no “grandfather” clause). You may still enroll in that course at another college or university.


1) The day's lab exercise must be read before coming to class.

2) Shoes of some sort (closed toe preferred) must be worn at all times in the lab.

3) All non-laboratory items (books not used in the laboratory, sweaters, etc.) must be kept off the counter top.

4) There is no eating, drinking or smoking in the lab.

5) A lab coat of some sort must be worn at all times in the lab.

6) Wipe down the counter top at your workstation with a disinfectant when ever you come into the lab. When you leave the lab, you should again wipe down your work area with disinfectant.

7) Keep your workstation as free of clutter as possible to cut down the potential for accidents.

8) Report all accidents and spills immediately to the instructor. Do not attempt to clean up a spill.

9) Long hair is a fire hazard in a lab that uses Bunsen burners. Hair should be tied back when in the microbiology lab.

10) Please note the location of the fire extinguisher, fire blanket and eye wash station in the lab.

11) The microorganisms used in this class are NEVER to leave this lab. Violation of this rule is grounds for dismissal from the class.

12) Your workstation must be completely free of equipment, cultures, etc. before your leave the laboratory. Equipment must be returned to it's proper place and cultures disposed off or properly stored in the refrigerator before you leave.

13) The last thing you do before leaving the laboratory is to thoroughly wash your hands (you don't want to become the next Typhoid Mary!).


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