B BIO 393
Explores special topics in biology.
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.
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