BIOL 105 - Medical Microbiology

This course examines the basic principles of microbiology and the classification of microbes, with an emphasis on their relevance to human health. Topics include: the morphology, growth, and transmission of microorganisms; microbial genetics, recombinant DNA, and biotechnological applications; the epidemiology and role of pathogens in infectious diseases; human immunology; antimicrobial strategies; and the prevention and control of infectious diseases in humans. Weekly three-hour labs familiarize students with standard techniques in microbiology.


Credits:  4


Hours: 90 (Lecture Hours: 45;  Laboratory Hours: 45)


Total Weeks:  15


Successful completion of BIOL 111 and BIOL 112; OR successful completion of BIOL 111 with concurrent enrollment in BIOL 112.


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
- Overview of microbiology and safely dealing with pathogens
- Types of microorganisms: fungi, protozoa, algae, parasites, bacteria, viruses, prions\
- Growth and metabolism of microorganisms and strategies for control
- Microbial genetics and recombinant DNA technology
- Introduction to immunology, host defenses, pathogenesis, epidemiology
- Common wound infections in skin and eyes
- Respiratory infections
- Gastrointestinal infections
- Nervous system infections
- Blood and lymphatic infections
- Genitourinary infections, including common sexually transmitted infections

Laboratory learning experiences include:
- Culturing microorganisms
- Aseptic techniques
- Staining techniques
- Microscope use
- Transmission of microorganisms and control of their growth
- Clinical microbiology experiences


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the classification, distribution, and morphology of microorganisms
- Classify the basic mechanism of pathogenesis of infectious diseases
- Describe the role and interactions between the human immune system, pathogens, and infectious diseases
- Explain the epidemiology of common infectious diseases
- Identify common strategies used for the prevention and treatment of common infectious diseases
- Apply the principles of asepsis, sterilization, and disinfection in laboratory and clinical settings


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  NLC's standard University Arts and Sciences minimum passing grade of "D" (50%) is applicable. Please see below for grade requirements related to transfer credit.


Other Pertinent Information Relevant to Transfer: NLC's BIOL 105 (4) transfers to UNBC as HHSC 110 (3). UNBC requires a minimum final course grade of "B-" (2.67 GPA) in BIOL 105 for admission into the Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program. UNBC also requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on all 60 credits transferred into the Northern Baccalaureate Nursing program. Students are encouraged to check minimum final grade requirements for transfer credit into other nursing or health programs. A minimum final course grade of "C" (2.00 GPA) or higher may be required.  


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.