MBG372 - Microbiology

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Subject Title

Subject Description
This course is an introduction to 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, physical and chemical factors which affect the growth of microbes, and methods used to isolate and identify common bacteria.

Credit Status
One credit towards the CLT program, Semester 3

BIO 273
MTH 273

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

  1. Identify the organisms which make-up the microbial world, including bacteria, archae, protozoa, fungi, algae and viruses.
  2. Describe the contributions of early microbiologists, such as Antony van Leeuwenhoek, Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch, Joseph Lister and others, to our present-day knowledge of microbiology.
  3. Demonstrate competency in the use of the light microscope to examine bacteria.
  4. Explain the methods and materials used to cultivate bacteria in the laboratory, including types of media, inoculation and transfer techniques.
  5. List the nutritional and environmental requirements of bacteria.
  6. Describe the functional anatomy of prokaryotic cells.
  7. Describe the dynamics of microbial growth in both batch and continuous culture.
  8. Explain the principles of controlling microbial growth, including physical and chemical methods.
  9. Identify the role of microbes in causing human disease.
  10. Describe nature and function of several classes of antibiotics in controlling microbial infection.
  11. Demonstrate the procedures which must be followed in order to work safely in the microbiology laboratory.
  12. Apply the basic microbiological laboratory methods learned in this course to the isolation and identification of unknown bacteria.

Essential Employability Skills
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Execute mathematical operations accurately.

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

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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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