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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BI 256 - Microbiology

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course introduces students to the basics of microbiology and its importance in health care. Concepts like microbial characteristics and pathogenesis, and general and specific immune reactions to bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites are introduced. Epidemiology and infection control of the more common microbial diseases are covered. The laboratory includes hands on experience on topics emphasized by the lecture. (prereq: BI 102 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the general characteristics, size and cellular organization of microorganisms
  • Know the elements of microbial nutrition, growth and metabolism and the environmental influences affecting growth and metabolism
  • Understand the host defense mechanisms important for fighting microbial infections
  • Understand how common microbial diseases are diagnosed
  • Understand the basics of microbial epidemiology and infection control
  • Know the major infectious diseases and their routes of infection
  • Know the laboratory steps and techniques routinely involved in specimen preparation, staining and in the culture of certain microorganisms
  • Understand how to do a proper literature review and library search for journal articles

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Cell biology, genetics and molecular biology

Course Topics
  • Microbial world and microbial life (1 class)
  • Tools and techniques of microbiology (1 class)
  • Humans and microbes in health and disease (2 classes)
  • Host defense mechanisms in microbial infection (4 classes)
  • Diagnosis of infectious disease (2 classes)
  • Epidemiology and infection control (2 classes)
  • Infectious diseases acquired through inhalation (5 classes)
  • Infectious diseases acquired through ingestion (5 classes)
  • Infectious diseases acquired through skin and mucosa or parenterally (5 classes)
  • Exams (3 classes)

Laboratory Topics
  • Safety procedures and microscope use (1 session)
  • Simple and Differential stains (1 session)
  • Researching your paper topic (1 session)
  • Classifying Bacteria by Enzymes and Staining (1 session)
  • Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (1 session)
  • Blood Cells and Blood Typing (1 session)

Gul Afshan

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