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This course is a basic overview of microbiology concepts. It is geared towards the casual learner learning about the foundational concepts of microbiology.

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Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Microbiology

    Microbiology is defined as the branch of biology focused on microorganisms and the effects they have on other living organisms.
  • Lesson 2: The Microorganism

    Now moving on to learning more about the varying forms in which microorganisms exist.
  • Lesson 3: The Chemical Basis of Microbiology

    In previous lessons, while we have gained insight to the different forms of microorganisms and their varying applications (both effective and harmful), we have not yet begun to understand their basic structure, manner of functioning, and genera
  • Lesson 4: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes

    All cells have a cell membrane that separates the environs outside a cell from the degree of organization within the cell.
  • Lesson 5: Microbial Metabolism

    One reason why the metabolism of microbes is an instrumental area of study is that it serves as a way of differentiating one species from another.
  • Lesson 6: Microbial Growth and Control of Growth

    In the last few lessons we have spent time learning about microorganisms, their nutritional needs, and the manner in which they utilize the energy they obtain.
  • Lesson 7: Microbial Genetics

    The contributions of microbial genetics to the science world, as well as, the world at large, have been extensive and, in many respects, pivotal to furthering significant studies.
  • Lesson 8: DNA Technology

    We are extending the discussion of genetic systems of microorganisms to the point where scientists are now able to manipulate the genetic make up of particular organisms for the benefit of modern day application
  • Lesson 9: The Bacteria

    As we have learned about bacteria from a very early age -- falling down and scraping our knee and having it treated with an antibacterial spray, we may think we know all we need to on the subject.
  • Lesson 10: 'V' for 'Virus'

    Viruses are a means of transmitting genetic information in an effort to continue their survival. In order to accomplish their end goal, viruses act as agents which reproduce their own DNA/RNA within living cells.
  • Lesson 11: The Algae, Fungi, Protozoa and Helminthes

    The world of microorganisms is made of bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, and viruses. They are grouped together not by their function but by their small size.
  • Lesson 12: The Development of Disease

    To understand how diseases have evolved throughout the ages, we first need to have a basis for qualifying what indeed a disease is.
  • Lesson 13: The Immune System

    In the previous lesson, we explored the world of disease- how diseases have become more endemic to society (known as epidemiology) and the methods utilized to help contain and eradicate them.
  • Lesson 14: Disorders of the Immune System

    All immune defense mechanisms can only take place in a healthy system where the immunity defenses are properly functioning.
  • Lesson 15: Diseases of the Skin and Eye

    The largest organ of the body, skin (in conjunction with mucous membranes) is designed to prohibit microorganisms from entering the body.
  • Lesson 16: Diseases of the Nervous System

    Diseases of the central and peripheral nervous systems include all disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, peripheral nerves, nerve roots, autonomic nervous system, neuromuscular junction, and muscles.
  • Lesson 17: Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems

    By looking at the components of both the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems and how, respectively they each perform their core responsibilities, we can ascertain how ensuing diseases compromise their functioning.
  • Lesson 18: Diseases of the Respiratory System

    Moving from diseases affecting the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems to those pertinent to the respiratory system, we first attempt to gain a sense of what respiration is and how it functions in the body.
  • Lesson 19: Diseases of the Digestive System

    According to the food pyramid and collective wisdom, a diet based upon sound nutrition and a regular exercise program can alleviate many serious health problems down the road.
  • Lesson 20: Diseases of the Reproductive System

    Species, in the general sense, all have a desire to ensure the survival of their kind. And, reproduction is the method by which they are able to accomplish the perpetuation of their genealogy/race.
  • Lesson 21: Vaccines

    A vaccine is a form of an antigen (substance which stimulates an immune response) used to create a barrier of immunity against a specific disease.
  • Lesson 22: Exploring Antimicrobial Drugs

    Eploring the world of antimicrobial drugs, it is helpful to define the term antimicrobial. Anti means 'against' and 'microbial', is an object which is not completely visible to the naked eye and
  • Lesson 23: Conclusion

    Some may believe that just because microbiology deals with small particles invisible to the naked eye, the impact of its studies and findings are not equally as important as larger bodied sciences, e.g., biology and nuclear physics.
Course Title: Introduction to Microbiology
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
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Course Number: 7550434
Course Type: College Level
Course URL: http://microbiology101.onlineclasses.com
Instructor: April Graves
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
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CEU Value: 3.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
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CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define microbiology.
  • Define the microorganism.
  • Describe the chemical basis of microbiology.
  • Describe prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
  • Describe microbial metabolism and growth.
  • Summarize microbial genetics and DNA technology.
  • Describe bacteria and viruses.
  • Describe the algae, fungi, protozoa and helminthes.
  • Describe the immune system, disorders of the immune system, and the development of disease.
  • Describe diseases of the skin and eye.
  • Describe diseases of the nervous system.
  • Describe diseases of the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems.
  • Describe diseases of the respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems.
  • Describe diseases of the respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems.
  • Summarize vaccines and antimicrobial drugs, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1 Assignment 1: Who's Who in MicrobiologyAssignment40
Lesson 1 Assignment 2: Research Pays OffAssignment20
Lesson 1 ExamExam20
Lesson 2 Assignment 1: Understand MicroorganismsAssignment30
Lesson 2 Assignment 2: Pathogens RuleAssignment25
Lesson 2 ExamExam18
Lesson 3 Assignment 1: Cell BingoAssignment50
Lesson 3 Assignment 2: Center StageAssignment20
Lesson 3 ExamExam18
Lesson 4 Assignment 1: Carry the Oats!Assignment20
Lesson 4 Assignment 2: Cellular SimilaritiesAssignment30
Lesson 4 ExamExam18
Lesson 5 Assignment 1: Metabolism for MoleculesAssignment30
Lesson 5 Assignment 2: Energy GeneratorAssignment20
Lesson 5 ExamExam18
Lesson 6 Assignment 1: Microbial ControlAssignment30
Lesson 6 Assignment 2: What's Clean?Assignment20
Lesson 6 ExamExam20
Lesson 7 Assignment 1: Ingredients PleaseAssignment40
Lesson 7 Assignment 2: Copy ThatAssignment30
Lesson 7 ExamExam20
Lesson 8 Assignment 1: Genetic BasicsAssignment20
Lesson 8 Assignment 2: Do That AgainAssignment30
Lesson 8 ExamExam18
Lesson 9 Assignment 1: Identifying BacteriaAssignment20
Lesson 9 Assignment 2: Classifying BacteriaAssignment40
Lesson 9 ExamExam20
Lesson 10 Assignment 1: What is a Virus?Assignment30
Lesson 10 Assignment 2: Virus Life CycleAssignment50
Lesson 10 ExamExam16
Lesson 11 Assignment 1: Microorganism TagAssignment30
Lesson 11 Assignment 2: Category Please?Assignment30
Lesson 11 ExamExam18
Lesson 12 Assignment 1: What is a disease?Assignment20
Lesson 12 Assignment 2: Back Off!Assignment30
Lesson 12 ExamExam16
Lesson 13 Assignment 1: Immunity FactorsAssignment30
Lesson 13 Assignment 2: Body GuardsAssignment20
Lesson 13 ExamExam18
Lesson 14 Assignment 1: Immunity and Your BodyAssignment40
Lesson 14 Assignment 2: Defensive MovesAssignment50
Lesson 14 ExamExam18
Lesson 15 Assignment 1: Viral InfectionsAssignment50
Lesson 15 Assignment 2: The Eyes Have ItAssignment20
Lesson 15 ExamExam20
Lesson 16 Assignment 1: Meninges MaterAssignment30
Lesson 16 Assignment 2: Nervous?Assignment30
Lesson 16 ExamExam14
Lesson 17 Assignment 1: Take Your PickAssignment30
Lesson 17 Assignment 2: Yellow Fever S&SAssignment20
Lesson 17 ExamExam18
Lesson 18 Assignment 1: Job DescriptionAssignment50
Lesson 18 Assignment 2: ATP Means EnergyAssignment20
Lesson 18 ExamExam18
Lesson 19 Assignment 1: Danger AheadAssignment50
Lesson 19 Assignment 2: Diver What?Assignment40
Lesson 19 ExamExam18
Lesson 20 Assignment 1: ConnectionsAssignment20
Lesson 20 Assignment 2: STD'sAssignment50
Lesson 20 ExamExam20
Lesson 21 Assignment 1: This Shot's For YouAssignment30
Lesson 21 Assignment 2: Who Are You?Assignment20
Lesson 21 ExamExam20
Lesson 22 Assignment 1: Anti-What?Assignment30
Lesson 22 Assignment 2: Antibiotic Know HowAssignment50
Lesson 22 ExamExam20
Lesson 23 Assignment 1: Defining MicrobiologyAssignment20
Lesson 23 Assignment 2: Bugs EverywhereAssignment50
Total Points:1859

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