Microbiology Course Syllabus

Robert Bauman

Honorary: Professor
Instructor: Robert Bauman
Phone: 676-0142, 371-7387
Office Hours:

TWTh 0700-0725, T 1150-1250, Th 1150-1235 in SCIE 203C or by appointment 

I am available most times via text 806-676-0142



Catalog Year: 2012-2013
Disability Statement: Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact disAbility Services (Student Service Center room 119, phone 371-5436) as soon as possible.
Course Title: Microbiology
Course Name and Number: BIOL-2421
Course Section: 011
Semester: Fall

RDNG 0331-minimum grade of C or a score on a state-approved test indicating college-level reading skills; SCIT 1307 recommended

Course Description:

Study of microorganisms and the manner in which they affect health; characteristics, growth requirements, methods of transfer and reactions of the body toward invading organisms; principles underlying immunity; food, water, industrial and ecological mi

Department Expectations:
Hours: (4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 3 lab)
Class Type: On Campus Course

Microbiology with Diseases by Body System 3e, 2012, Bauman, Benjamin Cummings
Microbiology Lab Manual, 5e, 2013, Bauman, Dolby, and Schwarlzlose Pearson Custom Publishing




Each student must provide 100 examination gloves composed of a suitable material his or her size. (One size-fits all is unacceptable.) These can be purchased at many drugstores or from the store on the West Campus.

Each student must provide a waterproof “Sharpie” pen.

Student Performance:

1. Describe the major subdivisions of microbiology and describe the types of microorganisms involved in each division.
2. Compare prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells on the basis of size, organelles, chromosomal characteristic, reproductive characteristics, and nutritional type.
3. Describe and give the function and basic chemical composition of various cellular organelles.
4. Describe and give examples of the four nutritional types.
5. List the major characteristics of each kingdom of the biological world and viruses.
6. List and describe the various characteristics associated with life.
7. List and describe the major beneficial and destructive activities of the microbial members of each kingdom of the biological world.
8. Describe and compare the various chemical and physical methods used in microbial control.
9. Describe the etiology, pathogenesis, and treatments of major microbial diseases.
10. Give and describe the body's lines of defense in resisting and/or combating disease causing microorganisms.
11. Explain what is meant by nosocomial infections and how to prevent them.
12. Explain how to safeguard themselves and others from infectious disease.

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Expected Student Behavior:

TEST RULE Do not do anything which would appear to involve cheating. Failure to abide by the test rule will result in a grade of zero.

Please, for consideration of others, place your cell phones and pagers on silent mode.


Grading Criteria:

5 exams  150 points each

bacterial "unknown" identification  100 points

quizzes   50 points

comprehensive final  250 points

Total = 1000 points

900 -1000 = A
800 - 899 = B
700 - 799 = C
600 - 699 = D
Below 599 = F
A grade of "C" or better is required for most medical fields.

No make ups. A grade of zero will be assigned, but the lowest exam grade will be dropped. If classes are canceled exams and asignments will be done the next class period. Exception: if the next class is scheduled for the final, then the missed exam's grade will be calculated from answers given over the same material from the final exam.

Bonus quizzes may occur at any time in lecture or lab over material we have covered or over material you are to have read before you come to class. 

One‑fourth of a point will be deducted for each misspelled word and grammatical mistake.

If you believe that a paper has been graded incorrectly, please return it with a written explanation which must include: 1) your name, 2) the number of the question(s) you wish to have reconsidered, and 3) a detailed explanation of the mistake.





You must make arrangement to make up lab work the day after you miss.

Additional Information:

Office 371‑5093 Home 371-7387 (before 10:00 pm) Cell 676-0142.  You can text the latter. Leave voicemail on only one system. I will call you back ASAP, but I cannot guarantee same-day response. You may also leave a message with the Biology assistant, 371-5081.

For scheduling purposes, some classes will take their final exams during the scheduled laboratory time. Check the calendar I gave you.

If  you are having a problem with the course policies or the instructor, he or she should first try and resolve any such problems with the instructor.  If the problem is not resolved, the student may appeal to the Math, Sciences, and Engineering Department chairman, the Vice President of Instruction, and the College President, in that order.

CLOSING OF THE COLLEGE DURING FINAL WEEK: Should it become necessary to close the College during the week of finals, the final schedule will move back one day. 

Campus Police emergency- 371-5911

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)are located in the yellow cabinet.