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BIOL 1913L

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Credit Hours1
Course TitleMicrobiology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s)BIOL 1612 and BIOL 1612L, each with a
Corequisite(s)BIOL 1913
Catalog Description
This is a laboratory with experiments in microbial culture and staining techniques, cell metabolism, disinfection, and sterilization.  Isolation of some normal flora and a survey of parasites are included.
Expected Educational Results
After successfully completing this laboratory course the student should be able to:
1. practice aseptic technique and demonstrate an understanding of all laboratory safety rules
2. apply the Scientific Method in working out laboratory exercises.
3. demonstrate the ability to use efficiently all powers of magnification of the compound
light microscope.
4. demonstrate the ability to perform bacteriologic stains and prepare slides for viewing under the compound light microscope.
5. interpret stained microscope slides to evaluate microorganism morphology, arrangement and structures  to determine certain characteristics of these organisms.
6. understand the ubiquity of microorganisms and techniques to isolate and grow these organisms.
7. use and interpret biochemical test to help identify bacteria and bacterial metabolism.
8. practice various techniques of microbial control including sterilization, disinfection,
antimicrobial therapy, and stressing aseptic technique.
9. demonstrate the correct technique for obtaining and handling of specimens to transport
them to the laboratory for characterization.
10. recognize and understand the medical importance of certain fungal, protozoan, and
parasitic worm pathogens.
11. recognize pathogenic organisms and relate them to signs and
symptoms of the diseases they cause.
General Education Outcomes
I. OUTCOME: "The student should be able to recognize and apply scientific inquiry in a variety of settings."  Any principle that the student is asked to employ in Microbiology Laboratory demands that they have the ability to manipulate laboratory apparatus, handle potentially hazardous microorganisms, design experiments, gather data, and make conclusions in the form of oral or written reports.

II. OUTCOME: "The student should be able to communicate effectively through listening, reading, writing and speaking."
Skill Method
A. Listening Note taking during laboratory preparation lectures
B. Reading Preparation for the laboratory
Use of reference materials outside of laboratory
C. Writing Writing laboratory reports
Writing for lab quizzes and examinations
Preparation of flow charts in the identification of an unknown bacterial culture
Note taking during laboratory preparation sessions
D. Speaking Working with others collaboratively on laboratory exercises
Course Content
The sequence may be changed by each campus or instructor
Laboratory Safety Rules and Procedures
Staining Methods
Cultivation of Bacteria
Microbial Metabolism
Microbial Growth
Control of Microbial Growth
Microbial genetics and biotechnology
Microbiology and the environment
Microorganisms and disease
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
1. The individual student will be evaluated by each instructor as defined by the individual instructor's syllabus for that quarter. Methods of evaluation may include quizzes, tests, projects or research papers or homework that is developed by each instructor.  Evaluation efforts are designed to assess the student's knowledge of the scientific method as it would be applied to the field of medical microbiology.  These assessments will also evaluate the student's listening, reading, writing, interpretation, speaking and laboratory manual dexterity skills.
2. There will be two major practical tests counting at least 40% of the total grade.  
3. Certain practical exercises will be used to assess specific microbiology laboratory techniques. The results of these exercises will be reviewed by the instructor to ensure student competence.

4. It will be strongly recommended that writing assignments and discussion questions be included in the overall evaluation of the students progress in order to conform to Georgia Perimeter College's commitment to Writing Across the Curriculum.

This course is part of the Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Physical Education programs and will be addressed in their program assessments. Biol 1913L will be assessed by regular consultation between instructors and other members of the Microbiology Committee and Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Physical Education faculty.


Instructors will consult the assessment results and each other to determine which educational approaches are working well, and which could be improved.  They will continue what works and explore improved approaches to instruction where that is needed.
Last Revised: Sep. 27, 2011
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