MBG353 - Microbiology

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Subject Title

Subject Description
An introductory course which examines the structure and physiology of microorganisms. Laboratory exercises introduce basic microbiological techniques including staining and microscopy, media preparation and culture techniques, quantitation of microbial populations, the examination of physical and chemical factors which affect the growth of microbes, and methods used to isolate and identify common bacteria.

Credit Status
Credit Status:
One credit towards the BTR(C) and CLP(C) programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the function, composition, and significance of major anatomical structures of prokaryotic cells.
  2. Describe the characteristics of a variety of bacterial species through the use of microscopic, biochemical, and macroscopic observations.
  3. Explain how diverse requirements of microbes influence the dynamics of population growth to scale, monitor, and control bacterial cultures.
  4. Demonstrate aseptic techniques in isolation, characterization, enumeration, or storage of microbes
  5. Apply Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) for documentation, safe conduct, and accountability as a set of standard behaviors to abide by in the field.
  6. Discuss the role of algae, bacteria, viruses, archaea, fungi and protozoa in industry, health care, and the global environment.
  7. Compare the mechanisms and effects of various antimicrobial agents and antibiotics to control and eliminate unwanted bacteria.

Essential Employability Skills

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

    •  Execute mathematical operations accurately.

    •  Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

    •  Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

    •  Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

    •  Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

    •  Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

    •  Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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