This course covers the history and scope of microbiology, microbial structure, growth, nutrition, metabolism, genetics, taxonomy, and control. Mycoplasmas, viruses, and molds will be included, as well as an introduction to genetic engineering and recombinant DNA. Labs will emphasize the identification and cultivation of bacteria and fungi.
After taking the course, the students should be able to
1. Recall fundamental facts pertaining to the history, taxonomy, structure, and physiology of bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, algae, and helminths.
2. Describe relationships between microorganisms and human hosts, including types of relationships, mechanisms of pathology, and mechanisms of immune defense.
3. Recall key principles of the use of antimicrobial drugs to treat infections
4. Apply facts and principles to draw logical deductions pertaining to microbial life, growth, spread, death, or interactions with the host.
5. Safely and accurately perform basic microbiological laboratory techniques.
6. Write clear, well-organized laboratory reports in accordance with the conventions of scientific writing.