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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 312
Course Title: Microbiology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Survey study of microorganisms. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 312L is required. Prerequisites: BIOL 110, BIOL 290 and sophomore standing; concurrent enrollment in BIOL 312L is required.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): BIOL 110, BIOL 290 and sophomore standing. Corequisite: BIOL 312L.
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.

Fundamentals of Microbiology
By Pommerville, Jeffery C. (Jones & Bartlett)
Microbiology: An Introduction
By Tortora, Funke, and Case (Addison-Wesley Longman)
Microbiology, Principles and Exploration
By Black, Jacquelyn C. (John Wiley & Sons)
Course Objectives
  • To identify and describe important groups of microbes.
  • To describe unique characteristics of microbial metabolism, growth, and reproduction.
  • To describe important microbial diseases, microbial meditated nutrient cycles, environmental microbial applications and impacts, and microbial industrial applications.
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe important characteristics of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses.
  • Assess differences in microbial metabolism, growth and reproduction.
  • Classify microbes.
  • Identify important groups of pathogenic microorganisms, bodily defenses, mechanisms of spread and symptoms.
  • Identify important groups of microorganisms used in industrial applications.
  • Explain microbial mediated nutrient cycles.
  • Describe how microorganisms are used in environmental applications.
    Topical Outline:
  • Overview of microorganisms
  • Bacterial characteristics, metabolism, growth reproduction and important organisms
  • Viral characteristics, metabolism, growth reproduction and important organism
  • Fungal characteristics, metabolism, growth reproduction and important organisms
  • Protozoan characteristics, metabolism, growth reproduction and important organisms

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

    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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