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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 221
Course Title: Clinical Microbiology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: A survey of microorganisms with emphasis on clinically important bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi and invertebrates. Emphasis placed on the health care applications of microbiology and transmission of infectious disease agents. Prerequisite: BIOL 110. Corequisite: BIOL 221L.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Prerequisite: BIOL 110. Corequisite: BIOL 221L.
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.

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

Microbiology: An Introduction
By Tortora, et al (Pearson)
Course Objectives
  • To explain the relationship between microbes and our lives.
  • To describe the diversity, structure and metabolic processes of microorganisms.
  • To describe the role of microbial genetics in relation to concepts including but not limited to antibiotic resistance and development of vaccines.
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe important characteristics of bacteria, viruses, clinically important fungi, protozoa and invertebrates.
  • Assess the differences in microbial metabolism, growth and reproduction.
  • Identify important groups of pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Describe the human bodily defenses to pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Describe bodily relationships with non-pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Describe epidemiology related to pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Describe control and treatment of pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Describe clinically important bacterial, viral, fungal, protozoan and invertebrate characteristics, metabolism growth and reproduction.
  • Describe the control and treatment of microbial pathogens.
    Topical Outline:
  • Characteristics of bacteria, viruses, clinically important fungi, protozoa and invertebrates
  • Differences in microbial metabolism, growth and reproduction
  • Important groups of pathogenic microorganisms
  • Human bodily defenses to pathogenic microorganisms
  • Bodily relationships with non-pathogenic microorganisms
  • Epidemiology related to pathogenic microorganisms
  • Control and treatment of pathogenic microorganisms
  • Clinically important bacterial, viral, fungal, protozoan and invertebrate characteristics, metabolism growth and reproduction
  • Control and treatment of microbial pathogens

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Nathan Means Date: August 27, 2014
    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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