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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 221L
Course Title: Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description:

Laboratory experiences to complement BIOL 221. $40 lab fee. Prerequisite BIOL 110L. Corequisite: BIOL 221.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Prerequisite BIOL 110L. Corequisite: BIOL 221.
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.

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

Pathogenic and Clinical Microbiology: A Laboratory Manual
By Sharon S. Rowland, Sherril Ross Walsh, and Louise D. Teel (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)
Alcamo's Laboratory Fundamentals of Microbiology
By Jeffrey C. Pommerville (Jones & Bartlett Publishers;)
Benson's Microbiological Applications: Laboratory Manual in General Microbiology, complete version
By Alfred E Brown (McGraw-Hill Science)
Course Objectives
  • To demonstrate familiarity with basic laboratory techniques of clinical microbiology, including culturing of microbes, sterile techniques, staining procedures, microscopy and physiological test used for identification of common pathogenic microorganisms.
  • To demonstrate familiartity with medical microbiology and immunology including normal flora of the human throat, skin bacteria, and agglutination reactions.
    Measurable Learning
  • Culture microorganisms using sterile techniques.
  • Demonstrate microbial staining procedures.
  • Use appropriate microscope techniques.
  • Conduct physiological test to identify clinically important microorganisms.
  • Identify clinically important microorganisms.
    Topical Outline:
  • Experiments and laboratory exercises which are complementary to topics covered in BIOL 221 lecture.

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 24

    Library Resources:

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    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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