Microbiology for Non-Science Majors Syllabus for 2021-2022
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BIOL-2420-003 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors


Course Description

This course covers basic microbiology and immunology and is primarily directed at pre-nursing, pre-allied health and non-science majors. It provides an introduction to historical concepts of the nature of microorganisms, microbial diversity, the importance of microorganisms and acellular agents in the biosphere, and their roles in human and animal diseases. Major topics include bacterial structure as well as growth, physiology, genetics and biochemistry of microorganisms. Emphasis is on medical microbiology, infectious diseases and public health. The lab covers basics of culture and identification of bacteria and microbial ecology.

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(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 3 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information



     Microbiology with Diseases by Body Systems. 5th ed, Bauman. Pearson Publishing. 2015

     Microbiology Laboratory Manual. Revised 5th Ed, Bauman, Dolby, & Schwarzlose. Pearson Custom Publishing. 2013 (Available for Free Print Online)





A black wax pencil and 1 box of latex or latex-free examination gloves (any size but “one size fits all”). These can be found at any pharmacy.

Student Performance

Study of the morphology, physiology and taxonomy of representative groups of pathogenic and nonpathogenic microorganisms. Pure cultures of microorganisms grown on selected media are used in learning laboratory techniques. Includes a brief preview of food microbes, public health and immunology.

Learning Outcomes:

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.

This course covers basic microbiology and immunology and is primarily directed at pre-nursing, pre-allied health and non-science majors. It provides an introduction to historical concepts of the nature of microorganisms, microbial diversity, the importance of microorganisms and acellular agents in the biosphere, and their roles in human and animal diseases. Major topics include bacterial structure as well as growth, physiology, genetics and biochemistry of microorganisms. Emphasis is on medical microbiology, infectious diseases and public health. The lab covers basics of culture and identification of bacteria and microbial ecology.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe distinctive characteristics and diverse growth requirements of prokaryotic organisms compared to eukaryotic organisms.
  2. Provide examples of the impact of microorganisms on agriculture, environment, ecosystem, energy and human health, including biofilms.
  3. Distinguish between mechanisms of physical and chemical agents to control microbial populations.
  4. Explain the unique characteristics of bacterial metabolism and bacterial genetics.
  5. Describe evidence for the evolution of cells, organelles and major metabolic pathways from early prokaryotes and how phylogenetic trees reflect evolutionary relationships.
  6. Compare characteristics and replication of acellular infectious agents (viruses and prions) with characteristics and reproduction of cellular infectious agents (prokaryotes and eukaryotes).
  7. Describe functions of host defenses and the immune system in combating infectious diseases and explain how immunizations protect against specific diseases.
  8. Explain transmission and virulence mechanisms of cellular and acellular infectious agents.
  9. Use and comply with laboratory safety rules, procedures and universal precautions.
  10. Demonstrate proficient use of a compound light microscope.
  11. Describe and prepare widely used stains and wet mounts, and discuss their significance in identification of microorganisms.
  12. Perform basic microbiology procedures using aseptic techniques for transfer, isolation and observations of commonly encountered, clinically significant bacteria.
  13. Use different types of bacterial culture media to grow, isolate and identify microorganisms.
  14. Perform basic bacterial identification procedures using biochemical tests.
  15. Estimate the number of microorganisms in a sample using methods such as direct counts, viable plate counts or spectrophotometric measurements.
  16. Demonstrate basic identification protocols based on microscopic morphology of some common fungi and parasites.


Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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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

AVOID ANY APPEARANCE OF CHEATING. The appearance of cheating may result in a grade of zero for the exam or quiz and possibly a failing grade for the course. Hats and earphones are not to be worn during tests. Cell phones must be turned off during exams. Cell phones should be set to silent during lecture and labs, and texting is not allowed. If you must take an important call or have an emergency text you must reply to, please inform the instructor before class begins. There will be no eating, drinking or chewing gum in the lab. Any disruptive behavior may lead to removal from the lab or lecture.

The student will be expected to follow the safety rules and to notify the instructor immediately if any accident occurs. While the risk is minimized as much as possible, there is the potential for contact with electrical appliances, heating elements, sharp instruments, chemicals, and organic materials, some of which may be biohazards. Any student deemed to be jeopardizing the safety of others will be asked to leave the lab immediately and possibly permanently. Other safety rules are found in the Laboratory Manual and will be covered in the first day of class. Proper attire is required to participate in lab. Improper attire may result in removal from the lab and a zero for any participation or exam grade given that day.

Grading Criteria

Grading Scale: A = 100-89.5%    B = 89.49-79.5%    C = 79.49-69.5%    D = 69.49-59.5%    F = 59.49% or less

Lecture exams: Lecture exams, quizzes and a presentation are 50% of the total grade for the semester.  Six 50 minute exams in in the testing center, covering both lecture and reading  material. Each exam will be worth 100 points, the lowest exam grade will be droppeds. Quizzes may be given each lecture at the beginning of class. You will have 5 minutes to complete each quiz (no scantron necessary). Late arrival to class will result in a zero for the quiz. The average of your 10 highest quiz grades will be equal to one major exam. Participation in lecture is imperative. Absences will result in zeros for missed exams, quizzes or presentations.

NO MAKEUP EXAMS OR QUIZZES. A missed exam becomes a zero or the dropped grade, and a missed quiz becomes a zero. Also, leaving the classroom during an exam or quiz is considered completion of that exam or quiz. You will not be allowed to return and finish your exam if you leave the classroom during an examination. Please make sure to bring everything you need for the exam including scantrons, 2 number 2 pencils and essentials such as tissue paper if you have a runny nose. Also make sure to use the restroom before the exam begins.

Laboratory: 25% of the total grade for the semester, 10% for identification of UNKNOWN bacterium, 15% for lab tests (about 6, see schedule for approximate dates, 20-25 questions).  The lowest lab test grade will be dropped before grade calculation. Misspelled words will result in loss of 1 point. NO MAKEUP LAB EXAMS. Participation in lab is imperative. Absences will result in zeros for missed exams and possibly participation grades.

Final Exam: 25% of the total grade for the semester.  Comprehensive, 2 hours, during finals week.


TESTING:  Science Testing Center (STC)

All tests, excluding take-home exams and final exams, will be taken in the STC during days scheduled by the teacher within normal STC hours.  Tests will be taken outside of class lecture time.  Please note:  No test may be started less than one and a half hours before the STC closes. You must present an Amarillo College student ID every time you take a test. The Science Testing Center staff will retain your ID while you take your test and will return it to you when you turn in your test. No appointments are necessary.

STC hours: 9am-7pm Mon-Thurs, 9am-4pm Fri, 9am-4pm Sat

Warren Hall 112


MANDATORY TUTORING:  Science Enrichment Center (SEC)

    In an effort to increase retention in Biology courses, any student who scores below a 70 on any exam (excluding the Final Exam week) must complete a 1 hour mandatory tutoring session in the Science Enrichment Center or with his/her instructor before taking the next exam.

    Before getting mandatory tutoring, students must first make a appointment with the SEC by either calling or visiting. The SEC will do its best to accommodate a student’s schedule within the SEC hours of operation. This may require plenty of advanced notice by the student as time slots fill quickly. Upon arrival in the SEC, students must inform SEC staff that they are there for mandatory tutoring.

    Mandatory tutoring will not require remediation over a failed test.

SEC hours: 9am-6pm Mon-Thurs, 9am-3pm Fri, 9am-3pm Sat

Warren Hall 110




Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.  It is therefore the responsibility of the student to attend class. Absences result in zeros for any missed quizzes, exams, presentations or participation grades. If you stop attending class and do not officially drop the course, you will receive an “F” for the course. A grade of “W” will be given for student-initiated drops or withdrawals. Texas law now mandates that students may only drop or withdraw 6 times in their entire college careers, excluding drops prior to the census date.







July 6

M: Syllabus/Ch 1 Brief History

Tu: Ch 2/5 Chemistry/Metabolism

 M: Section 1: Lab Safety Rules, Measurements

 Tu:  Text: Ch 4 Microscopy, Staining, Classification

July 7

July 8

W: Ch 6 Nutrition & Growth

Th: EXAM 1 Chapters 1,2,4,5,6

 W: Section 2:  Microscopy cont’d

     Pond Water, Yogurt Wet Mounts

 Th: Section 3 # 1:  Helminths

July 11

July 12

Memorial Day, School Closed

Tu: Ch3 Part I/ Ch 11 Prokaryotes

 Tu: Lab Test 1 (Rules, Measurements, Microscope)

     Section 8 # 1:  Hand Washing

     Section 3 # 1:  Helminths cont’d    

July 13

July 14

W: Tu: Ch 3 Part II/ Ch 12 Eukaryotes

Th: Ch 13 Viruses                                  EXAM 2 Ch 3, 11, 12,13 (Fri, Sat, Mon)

 W: Lab Test 2 (Helminths)

     Section 8 # 2:  Hand Washing cont’d
     Section 3 #2:  Fungi

 Th: Section 8 # 1:  Hand Washing cont’d (Results)

     Section 4:  Aseptic Technique, Streak Plates

     Section 3 # 2:  Fungi cont’d

July 18

July 19

M: Ch 9 Controlling Growth

Tu: Ch. 10 Antimicrobials

 M: Lab Test 3 (Fungi)

     Section 4:  Evaluate Streak Plates

     Section 4:  Ubiquity Sampling

     Section 3 # 3:  Protozoa

 Tu: Sect 8 # 3,4 & 5: Testing Disinfectants, Antibiotics&UV

     Section 3 # 3:  Protozoa cont’d

July 20

July 21

W: Ch 14 Infection & Disease

Th: Ch 15 Innate Immunity                  EXAM 3 Ch 9,10,14,15 (Fri, Sat, Mon)

 W: Lab Test 4 (Protozoa)

     Section 4:  Ubiquity Results, Streak Plates

 Th: Section 8 # 3,4 & 5:  Disinfectants, Antibiotics & UV      


     Section 4:  Streak Plates (Check for Do-Overs)

     Section 2, pp. 31-32:  White Blood Cells

July 25

July 26

M: Ch 16 Adaptive Immunity

Tu: Ch 16 Adaptive Immunity

 M:  Section 4:  Colony Characteristics, KOH Test,

       Broth and Slant Transfers

 Tu: Section 4:  Growth Characteristics, Wet Mounts

       Section 5:  Smears

July 27

July 28

We: Ch 17/18 Immunization & Hypersensitivity

Th: Ch 19 Integumentary                     EXAM 4 Ch 15-18 (Fri, Sat, Mon)

 W: Section 5:  Gram Staining

 Th: Lab Test 5 (Aseptic Techniques, Growth Character.,

     Gram Staining, WBCs)

     Orientation Lab Unknown Activity

Aug 1

Aug 2

M: Ch 19 Integumentary

Tu: Ch 20 Nervous

 M: Section 6:  Begin Unknown Identification

 Tu: Section 6:  Continue Unknown Identification

Aug 3

Aug 4

W: Ch 21 Cardiovascular

Th: Ch 22 Respiratory                          EXAM 5 19-22 (Fri, Sat, Mon)               Last Day to Withdraw Aug 4

 W: Section 6:  Continue Unknown Identification

 Th: Section 6:  Continue Unknown Identification

Aug 8

Aug 9

M: Ch 23 Digestive

Tu: Ch 24 Urinary & Reproductive

 M: Section 6:  Continue Unknown Identification

 Tu: Section 6:  Finish Unknown Identification

 Unknown reports are due End of Tuesday Lab

Aug 10

Aug 11

W: Review for Final

Th: FINAL EXAM (During Lecture Time)


Additional Information

CLASS WEBSITE: AC Online is utilized in this class as a grade book and e-mail system. There may be quizzes and other assignments to be completed through AC Online. I will post announcements, lecture and lab handouts, photos, and other important material via AC Online. The login for AC Online is the same as with WebAdvisor. If you do not have a computer or internet access at home, you have available to you the computer lab on campus in the library second floor.

Biology Study Center: Located in the Warren building, room 110.

MSDS: Material Safety Data Sheet may be requested from your instructor.

Campus Police: Campus Police NonEmergency 371-5163, in case of Emergency call 371-5911 or call 911 for city police and ambulance assistance.

Grievance Procedure: If a student has 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 Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering Chairperson, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the college President, IN THAT ORDER.

Expectations: Every student will take personal responsibility for his/her learning in this course. To succeed, each student must...

    Attend all lecture and lab meetings

    Spend at least 1 hour of study for each hour spent in lecture and lab

    Complete reading assignments before coming to class

    Participate in lecture and lab by asking questions and being active in lab

    Demonstrate college-level effort and behavior

    Complete all assignments when due.

STSC Contract for Success

_______I fully understand that if I cheat, or attempt to cheat on any test I will receive an automatic “F” in the course. This grade will go on my permanent transcript and cannot be removed. Cheating includes but is not limited to: the illegal use of books, notes, copying or photographing any test material, leaving the Science Testing Center with a test, and the use of any electronic devices such as unapproved calculators, cell phones, smart watches, laptops, tablets, etc. Cheating also includes helping or attempting to help other students cheat or gain an advantage on a test either inside or outside the testing center by sharing of information from the test.

_______Please Note: Cell phones or any other “SMART” devises are NOT allowed in the testing room at any time for any reason. If we see any unapproved electronic devises out AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASON, while in the testing room, your test WILL be taken up immediately and may result in an “F” for the course.

_______I understand all testing will be done outside of the class time, except for the final exam.

_______I understand if I score below a 70 on any exam, I must complete a mandatory tutoring session with my instructor or the Science Enrichment Center before requesting the next exam (excluding the Final Exams week). I also understand that I must present a completed Record of Tutoring form to the Science Testing Center staff when requesting my next exam.

Science Testing Center RULES

  • Books, personal items, watches, drinks and snacks must be placed on the bookshelf before you take your test but, remember, Amarillo College is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
    • Items are better left at home or at another safe location.
  • To take a test, fill out a “Test Request” slip.
  • An Amarillo College picture ID is required in order to take or view any test in the Science Testing Center. 
  • No unapproved scratch paper is allowed for testing. You may use the back of the test or scratch paper from the STC to show your extra work.  Once you have begun work on a test that is considered one attempt. You cannot leave the Science Testing Center and return to finish that test at a later time.
  • In the testing room, please do not sit by someone with the same test.
  • The Science Testing Center will not give any tests out later than 1.5 hours before closing.
  • The Science Testing Center personnel will pick up your test 5 minutes prior to closing time.
  • Tests may not be taken out of the Science Testing Center.
  • The Science Testing Center hours are posted on the outside door, in your syllabus, and Science Testing Center. 
  • Please come prepared. If you do not have a pencil, you may purchase one from the Science Testing Center for 25 cents.  Please bring exact change. Pens are not allowed on any scantron.
  • Children may not accompany students into testing room or be left unattended anywhere on campus.
  • CELL PHONE CALCULATORS or any other non-approved calculators ARE NOT ALLOWED in the testing area. Cell phones placed on the bookshelf must be turned off.
  • Students will have to wait for their test results from their instructor.
  • All online exams must be taken using the Respondus Lockdown Browser.

I have read and understand all of the above rules and requirements. Any violation of any of the above outlined rules or requirements will result in an immediate seizure of my test by the Science Testing Center staff, which may result in further disciplinary actions and possible “F” for the course.

Course and Section # ________________________   Instructor Name ______________________________ Semester __________________________________  Phone Number _______________________________

Signature: _________________________________   Print Name ___________________________________ Student ID Number __________________________  Email _______________________________________

Syllabus Created on:

07/05/22 9:25 AM

Last Edited on:

07/05/22 12:22 PM