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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 312L
Course Title: Microbiology Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description: Laboratory experiences to complement BIOL 312. $30 lab fee. Prerequisites: BIOL 110L, BIOL 290L, BIOL 312 or concurrent enrollment.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): BIOL 110L, BIOL 290L and BIOL 312 or concurrent enrollment.
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered odd Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Textbooks listed are not necessarily the textbook(s) used in the course.

Laboratory Fundamentals of Microbiology
By Jeffery C. Pommerville (Jones and Bartlett)
Basic Microbiology Techniques
By Kelley and Post (Star)
Microbiology Applications, A Laboratory Manual in General Microbiology
By Benson (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To demonstrate familiarity with basic laboratory techniques of microbiology, including culturing of microbes, sterile techniques, staining procedures, microscopy, and physiological tests used for identification of microbes and identification of unknown microbes by the techniques listed above.
    Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Culture microorganisms using sterile techniques.
  • Demonstrate microbial staining procedures.
  • Use appropriate microscopic techniques.
  • Conduct physiological tests to identify microbes.
  • Employ appropriate methods to identify unknown microbes.
    Topical Outline:
  • Experiments and laboratory exercises which are complementary to topics covered in Biology 312 lecture

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Frank Somer Date: April 7, 2015
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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