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BHSC 1023 - Introduction to Microbiology

Basic Health Sciences Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

An introductory course that deals with the basic concepts of microbiology with emphasis on microorganisms of medical and health significance. This course provides the microbiology background for applicants of the Environmental Health program and is open to any student who is interested in microbiology. This evening course is 12 weeks

Prerequisite(s)

Biology 11 (Biology 12 preferred) with a minimum C+ or its equivalent. (3 hours/week).

Credits

3.0

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Outline the significance of microbiology to the public health field.
    • Define microbiology.
    • Outline the subdisciplines and scopes of microbiology.
  • Describe the basic characteristics of bacteria.
    • Outline the basic principles of the binomial nomenclature of bacteria and other microorganisms.
    • Discuss the morphology and cellular arrangement of bacteria with specific reference to taxonomy and nomenclature.
    • Relate the structures of prokaryotic cells to the functions and survival characteristics of these cells.
    • Discuss the environmental requirements for bacterial growth.
    • Relate the environmental growth requirements of bacteria to the control measure commonly applied to them.
    • Discuss the principles of bacterial isolation and identification.
    • Outline the basic characteristics of a bacterial growth cycle.
    • Summarize the natural relationships between bacteria and humans.
    • Summarize the basic characteristics of bacteria that contributes to their pathogenicity.
    • Differentiate between bacterial exotoxins and endotoxins.
  • Discuss the fundamentals of Medical Mycology.
    • Outline the basic characteristics of medically important fungi.
    • Summarize the classification of the mycoses.
    • Relate aflatoxins and mycotoxins to health conditions and illnesses in humans.
  • Summarize the basic characteristics of protozoa, with specific reference to the waterborne and foodborne protozoa discussed.
    • Discuss the basic characteristics of Entamoeba histolytica.
    • Discuss the basic characteristics of Giardia lamblia.
    • Discuss the basic characteristics of Toxoplasma gondii.
    • Discuss the basic characteristics of Cryptosporidium parvum.
  • Describe the general characteristics of viruses.
    • Outline the basic characteristics and structure of viruses.
    • Discuss the viral replicative cycle.
    • Describe the effects of viral infection on cells.
    • Differentiate between acute and chronic viral infection.
    • Summarize the general characteristics of selected medically important viruses.
  • Discuss microbial reservoirs.
    • Distinguish between animate and inanimate as well as primary and secondary microbial reservoirs.
    • Outline the circumstances or conditions under which humans (or other mammals) act as microbial reservoirs.
    • Distinguish between acute illness and the asymptomatic carrier states.
  • Outline microbial transmission.
    • Distinguish between direct and indirect modes of transmission.
    • Outline the direct and indirect modes of transmission.
    • Differentiate between mechanical and biological vectors.
    • Relate the common modes of transmission to the common measures applied to control infectious agents.
  • Outline the basic procedures employed by the clinical laboratory for microbial isolation, identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing.
  • Discuss the principles of microbial destruction and control.
    • Define the following terms: sterile, sterilization, disinfection, antisepsis, asepsis, sanitization.
    • Outline the physical methods of sterilization and disinfection: e.g. heat, UV, ionizing radiation, microfiltration.
    • Review the factors that influence the chemical destruction of microorganisms.
    • Outline the general mechanisms of actions of antibiotics and antivirals.

Effective as of Winter 2012

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