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Edmonds Community College    
  Jan 18, 2018
2017-2018 Academic Catalog
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BIOL& 260 - Microbiology w/Lab

5.0 Credits
An introduction to microorganisms for science, nursing, and pre-professional students. Topics include microscopy, microbial cell structure, function, growth, metabolism and genetics, biotechnology, virology, epidemiology, antimicrobials, host-microbe interactions, and immunology. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 261 is highly recommended.
Prerequisite BIOL& 211, ENGL& 101, and MATH 087, each with a minimum grade of 2.0 and CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 161 or equivalent with a minimum grade of 2.0.
Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply understanding of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, metabolism, and evolution from previous course(s) (e.g., BIOL& 211) to the microbial world. This includes comparing and contrasting prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structures, metabolism, genetics, and reproduction, and describing the importance of microbial evolution.
  2. Describe the ubiquity and diversity of microorganisms and relate both to the critical roles they play in global processes and to all life.
  3. Explain the impact, both positive and negative, of microorganisms on human health.
  4. Discuss the interplay of microbial mechanisms of pathogenesis and the human immune system in an evolutionary context.
  5. Articulate processes of microbial growth, and relate these to human methods of control.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in techniques important to the study, cultivation, and classification of microorganisms, including aseptic technique, biochemical tests, and growth assays.
  7. Compare and contrast current and historical understanding of microorganisms.
  8. Articulate the importance of microorganisms to the individual, to human beings, to all life, and to global processes.
  9. Apply knowledge of microbiology to important personal, health, social, and political issues.
  10. Communicate effectively using language and understanding of biology.
  11. Productively work in groups to successfully complete group activities and assignments.

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