BI-461: General Microbiology

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BI-461 General Microbiology

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 6

Credits: 4

Pre-requisites (if any): BI-201

Course Description in college catalog:

This course covers basic principles of microbiology and provides an introduction to the diversity, physiology, morphology, genetics, ecology, applications and pathogenicity of microbes. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Degree in Environmental Science

A.S. Degree in Public Health (optional)

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Understand the structural similarities and differences among microorganisms and the unique structure/function relationships of prokaryotic cells.

2. Know the fundamentals of microbial gene expression and regulation

3. Appreciate the diversity of microorganism and microbial and communities and recognize how microorganism solve the fundamental problems their environments present.

4. Understand how microorganisms cause disease (and be able to explain why one strain is pathogenic and another is not.)

5. Learn the proper use of a microscope to observe microorganisms and report observed characteristic

6. Master aseptic technique and be able to perform routine culture handling tasks safely and effectively.

7. Develop scientific literacy as a microbiologist

8. Learn to collect, interpret, and present scientific data in microbiology and related fields.

9. Apply their knowledge of microbial structure and metabolism to the identification of unknown microorganisms.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

BI-461 students will submit term papers based on their analysis of original research papers they are assigned to read. They will also give 10 minute presentations on a biology problem that could be solved with what they have learned in the course. These projects will be assessed both by their peers and by their instructor.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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