Workplace Microbiology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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SCIT-1313-001 Workplace Microbiology


Course Description

A study of the identification and growth of microorganisms as pathogenic or non-pathogenic agents including epidemiology. Includes the detection of microbes and control of infectious agents in the workplace emphasizing sanitation and asepsis. Includes a required lab the week before finals on the Amarillo College campus in addition to online lab assignments that must be completed prior to the on-campus lab.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


Living in a Microbial World, 2nd edition, 2017. Bruce V. Hofkin, W.W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-8153-4175-8

Pathology and Microbiology for Mortuary Science, 2006.  David Mullins, Delmar Cengage. ISBN 978-1-4018-2519-5 (You should already have this one from your Pathophysiology course.)


Internet access.  Mozilla Firefox or Safari are recommended browsers. Chrome usually works. Edge is not recommended.

Student Performance

Course Description: This course is a survey of the basic principles of microbiology. It relates these principles to Funeral Service Education especially as they pertain to sanitation, disinfection, public health, and embalming practice. The development and use of personal, professional and community hygiene and sanitation are discussed

Course Objectives: Upon satisfactory completion of a course of study in microbiology, the student shall be able to:

1.   Identify basic microbial morphology and describe basic microbialphysiology;p>

2.   Interpret host-parasite relationships and interactions, and the requirements of successful parasitism;

3.   Describe and apply knowledge of personal and environmental disinfection and decontamination procedures by proper use of chemical disinfection and sterilization procedures;

4.   Describe the fundamentals of the infectious processes and specific and non-specific defense mechanisms against disease;

5.    Understand the methods of transmission of infectious diseases and recognize the control procedure of these diseases with special emphasis on protection to the embalmer, the funeral director and the public; 

6.    Differentiate between the indigenous microorganisms and pathogens and/or opportunists causing disease commonly associated with the human host and dead human remains. 

7.    Discuss the common infectious diseases of humans in terms of the microbe(s) responsible and the body system affected, and the risk factors to the embalmer, the funeral director and the public.  

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

CHEATING: Cheating is a violation of the student code of conduct and will not be tolerated.   ANY APPEARANCE OF CHEATING on an exam or assessment may result in loss of the grade for the assessment or exam.  Plagiarism is a form of cheating and will not be tolerated on assessments. The student code of conduct defines plagiarism  as “…the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another’s work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one’s own written work.”.  The during the first week you will have a tutorial on plagiarism and an assignment to practice avoiding it.

PARTICIPATION: Students are expected to log in at least three times a week to be considered as fully participating. See below.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE.  If a student is having a problem with the course policies or the instructor, he or she should first try to resolve any such problems with the instructor.  If the problem is not resolved, the student may proceed to the Mortuary Science Program Director, the Dean of Health Sciences, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the college President, IN THAT ORDER.

Grading Criteria

Grading Criteria and Scale:  Grades will be based on:

45%     Lesson assignments (about 6) and exams (4). Exams must be taken using Lockdown Browser. Lowest assignment grade will be dropped.

10%     Quizzes , about 1 per week. The two lowest quiz grades will be dropped.

15%     Lab exercises, both exploration activities assigned online and the activities on campus the 14th week of the semester. The lowest online grade will be dropped.

20%     Proctored comprehensive final exam covering text, lecture and lab activity material, administered during finals week.

10%     Class participation in discussions and other group activities (“Attendance”). The two lowest discussion grades will be dropped.

Grading Scale:  A = 89.5 - 100%, B = 79.5 - 89.4%, C = 69.5 - 79.4%, D = 59.5 - 69.4%, F < 59.4%.

All grades will be posted on AC Online in the gradebook.

PROCTORED FINAL EXAM: The final exam must be proctored, which means administered under the supervision of a qualified person.  Students living near Amarillo can schedule their final exam in the Testing Center at the Washington Street Campus.  Students who cannot be in Amarillo for the final exam are responsible for arranging for a proctored final exam. These arrangements must be made by the 12th week of class and details provided to the instructor so the final will be available during finals week. Further information and a request form will be available in AC Online.

 NO MAKE-UP exams or quizzes.  A missed quiz becomes a drop grade.


Regular participation is necessary for satisfactory achievement.  Attendance is based on a minimum of three logins on separate days during a lesson, and participation in discussions, group activities and the on campus laboratory exercises during the last week of the semester. 


Week/ Lesson


Lab Activity

1 (1/18-23)

Orientation (Note: The course will be available Sun 1/16.)

Avoiding Plagiarism

2 (1/24-30)


Acids, Bases, pH

3 (1/31-2/6)

Microbial Characterization

Library research paper

4 (2/7-13)

Microbial Physiology & Growth

Exam on Lessons 2, 3 & 4

Temperature and Growth


5 (2/14-20)

Disease Processes

Bacterial ID simulation


6 (2/21-27)

Microbial Control


Analysis of Home Disinfectants

7 (2/28-3/6)

Immune Response

Exam on Lessons 5, 6 & 7

Online Virtual Bacterial Unknown Identification

and library research papers

8 (3/7-13)

Diseases of Skin and Wounds

3/14-20   SPRING BREAK. No assignments due.

9 (3/21-27)

Diseases of Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems

10 (3/28-4/3)

Diseases of the Respiratory System

Exam on Lessons 8, 9 & 10

11 (4/4-10)

Diseases of the Nervous System

12 (4/11-17)

Diseases of the Digestive System

Proctor arrangements and forms due by the end of the week.

Food contamination

13 (4/18-24)

Diseases of the Urogenital System

Drop deadline 4/21. You must submit a withdrawal request to your instructor by noon.


14 (4/25-5/1)

Exam on Lessons 11, 12 & 13


Hand washing, testing disinfectants, other at home hands-on labs TBD.  Bacterial ID exercise.

15 (5/2-8)

Special Risks, quiz and Review

 Lab report for Week 14 activities due.

16 (5/9-12)

Final exam. Must be scheduled Monday 5/9 through noon Thursday 5/12 and requires Lockdown Browser.

No lab activity 

Additional Information

Other Resources: Thanatochemistry (from previous course)

A variety of links to required and recommended internet sources are available both in the Lesson Checklist and under the Resources tab in the online course. 

Syllabus Created on:

12/09/21 9:48 AM

Last Edited on:

01/16/22 9:52 AM