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Keya Sen
B BIO 393
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in Biology

Explores special topics in biology.

Class description

The course is intended to be a one quarter survey on the biology of microorganisms (bacteria, protozoan parasites and viruses). Prokaryotic cell structure and function, metabolism and genetics will be covered. In addition, biotechnology, medical aspects of microbiology such as the ability of microorganisms/viruses to cause disease, how diseases are transmitted and controlled, the mechanisms the human body uses to defend itself against pathogens and the use of antimicrobial drugs, will be covered. Although the course is intended for students pursuing Nursing or Allied Health degrees, the information learned is relevant to everyday life and should be valuable to every student. Prerequisite: B BIO 200 or 231 and one quarter of college chemistry

Student learning goals

Understand the structure and function of diverse prokaryotic cells and their relevance to humans

Understand how information stored in DNA specifies protein function and bacterial genetics

Understand how diseases are spread and how they can be controlled

Understand how the human body defends itself against disease

Understand how microbiology affects our lives by examination of real life cases of outbreaks

Become familiar with routine microbiological techniques such as: using microscope, Gram staining, sterile techniques, isolation of pure culture, propagation and characterization of prokaryotes, immunoassays, DNA mediated transformations

General method of instruction

The classes will be lecture and discussion based and will meet twice a week for two hours each. In addition there will be two 2-hour labs per week, where the student will become familiar with basic microbiology techniques and be able to report on experimental results in standard scientific format.

Recommended preparation

Students must have taken a biology course at the level of BBIO 200 or 231 and one quarter of college chemistry

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Keya Sen
Date: 01/22/2014