Applied Microbiology: BIOL 21300

  CHS 202 Tues 6:50-9:30 pm

Lab:  CNS 212 Thurs 1-3:50 pm

Fall 2010


 Jeannie Lawless, PhD

Office/Lab Prep:  CNS 172, telephone:  274-5199


Office Hours
  • Tues 5:30-6:30p (CHS 202)
  • Wed 3-5p & Thurs 4-5p (CNS 172 or 212)


Required Text:

Burton's Microbiology for the Health Sciences 9th Ed by Engelkirk and Duben-Engelkirk,
Wolters Kluwer Health/LW&W Publishers, 2011.  ISBN:  978-1-60547-673-5.


Required Lab Manual:

Laboratory Manual & Workbook in Microbiology:  Applications to Patient Care, 9th Edition,
by Morello, Mizer and Granato.  2008.  McGraw-Hill.  ISBN:  978-0-07-299575-6.


Required Supplies: loose-leaf notebook (1”or thicker) and paper, Sharpie marker pen


Optional Supplies:  lab coat (strongly recommended), colored pencils




Course Description: This course explores the physiology and identification of microorganisms and explores the central role of microbes in biology including the influences and impact of microorganisms on the biosphere, as well as the interrelationship of microbes with humans, and the transmission of disease. This course is specifically designed for allied health majors. This course cannot be used to fulfill biology or biochemistry elective course requirements. 4 credits.


Prerequisites:  BIOL-12100-BIOL-12200 or BIOL-11900-BIOL-12000; CHEM-12100 or CHEM-12300 or CHEM-11100-CHEM-11200.

Course Objectives: By the end of this course, students should be able to:

Course Structure: 

Class meets twice weekly; one three hour lecture and one three hour lab.  There may be some Tues evenings when we will spend some of our lecture time in the lab, in preparation for Thursday’s lab.  Students will work in pairs during the labs, but all work (e.g. maintenance of lab notebook, completion of questions after each lab exercise, and additional lab assignments) must be conducted individually.  Exams will be administered during class time.  There will be a comprehensive final exam administered during finals week.


Lab Manual, notebook & labs: 

There is a required lab manual (Morello et al. 2008), but unfortunately this will not be suffice and in some labs it will be used more for reference than for the actual lab exercises.  Hence additional lab handouts, including exercises to be conducted, will be posted in Blackboard to supplement this lab manual.  Students may print out sections that they feel will be useful to them, but handouts will be prepared (3 hole punched) of any pages that you need to complete during the lab (with the exception of those from the actual lab manual).  All of the required lab assignments must be maintained in a lab notebook (three ring binder) by each individual student.  Please remember that the attached lab schedule is tentative and susceptible to revisions during the semester; consult Blackboard for notification of such changes. 


Student Assessment: 

There will be two hourly exams conducted during the semester, one cumulative final exam administered during finals week, prelab quizzes administered at the beginning of some of the labs, maintenance of a lab notebook, and student presentations.
No extra credit is possible for this course.



Grading Rubric:  Letter grades correspond to the following final percentages:



A   = 93 – 100%

A- = 90 – <93%



B+ = 87 – < 90%

B   = 83 – <87%

B- = 80 – <83%


C+ = 77 – <80%

C  = 73 – <77%

C-  = 70 – <73%


D+ = 67 – <70%

D = 63 – <67%

D- = 60 – <63%


F = below 60%





Students at Ithaca College are expected to come to class during scheduled class meeting times.  You should notify me in advance of any anticipated absences.  In order for the absence to be excused, written documentation providing evidence for the reason of your absence will be required.  Excused absences include only the following:  religious holidays; verifiable emergencies such as:  severe illness, or hospitalization or death of a family member; or required appearance in a court of law.  In cases of an emergency, you should notify the Office of Student Affairs, who in turn will notify me.  A student may be excused for participation in college-authorized cocurricular and extracurricular activities such as athletic events, musical and theatrical performances, and professional conferences if this does not impair the specific student's or the other students' ability to succeed in the course. Please review the Ithaca College Attendance Policy as described in the current undergraduate catalog for further details regarding absences. 


Make-up Policy: 


There is only one lab section for this course, so make-up labs or prelab quizzes will not be possible, with the exception of the Microscopy II lab held on Thurs Sept 9 due to Rosh Hashanah.  Other make-up assignments and exams will be provided only in the instance of an excused absence (see above).  Arrangements for missed material, assignments and exams must be made by the student with the instructor at the time of notification (before the assignment due date or exam period).  Make-up exams will not be the same as that given to the rest of the class, but will cover the same material.


Academic Conduct: 

Students are referred to the current Ithaca College Student Handbook regarding Ithaca College's definition of and policy on academic honesty and plagiarism.   Breaches of academic honesty, as described in the student handbook, will be met with serious consequences: Students caught during an exam with their eyes on another student's exam will be considered to have breached academic honesty.  If you are ever unclear of your responsibilities in upholding proper academic conduct in this course, please obtain clarification from the instructor.


Students with Disabilities:  

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation will be provided to students with documented disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Students must register with the Office of Academic Support Services for Students with Disabilities and provide the appropriate documentation to the College before any academic adjustment will be provided.

Course Evaluation:   

Student input is highly valued and is important to maintain high quality instruction.  Course evaluations are mandatory  and must be completed  at the end of the semester (TBA) .  An incomplete may appear on your transcript  if it is not submitted by that time.  The evaluation will be submitted to the Department Assistant. She will verify that you have submitted the form.  Once that has been checked, your identification will be removed and will not be printed with the comments.

Other policies:



Please note that this is a tentative schedule.   I will keep you informed about  upcoming topics through Blackboard. 


Week of (Monday)

Tues Lecture

Text chapter


Thurs Lab Activity

(readings posted in Blackboard)

30 Aug

Introduction; Cell structure & Taxonomy


1, 3

Lab Safety, Microscopy I:  Use & Care of the Microscope

6 Sept

Microbial Diversity 1:  Acellular & Prokaryotes


Microscopy II:  The Ubiquity of Microorganisms

13 Sept

Microbial Diversity 2:  Eukaryotes


Aseptic Technique


20 Sept

Microbial Biochemistry, Physiology & Genetics:

An overview

Portions of 6&7

Staining Technique

27 Sept

Exam #1: Ch 1-7;

Intro to Microbial Growth


Differential Media


4 Oct

In Vitro & In vivo control of Microbial Growth

Portions of 8&9

Control of Microbial Growth I

11 Oct

lecture topic TBA


lab, TBA

18 Oct

Microbial Ecology, Epidemiology & Public Health:  An overview

Portions of 10&11

Control of Microbial Growth II

25 Oct

Diagnosis & pathogenesis of infectious diseases

Portions of 13&14

Differential Diagnosis I

1 Nov

 Host defense mechan-isms:  non-specific & specific immunity


Portions of15 & 16

Differential Diagnosis II

8 Nov

 Exam#2: Ch 8 – 16;

Overview of Infectious diseases


Medically Important Microbial Pathogens I: Air-bourne pathogens  

15 Nov

Bacterial infections


Medically Important Microbial Pathogens II:  Food-bourne Microbial Pathogens

22 Nov

No lecture; Thanksgiving1



No lab; Thanksgiving Break

29 Nov

Viral infections


Medically Important Microbial Pathogens III: Water- and Blood-Bourne Microbial Pathogens

6 Dec

Fungal & Parasitic infections

20, 21

Other Medically Important Microbial Pathogens 

13 Dec2

Finals Week


Cumulative Final



1Thanksgiving Break Nov 20-28

2Final Exam Week (see for exam schedule)

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