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Course Description

Our comprehensive online course on microbiology covers all aspects of microbiology and includes a CEU Certificate at successful class completion.

The study of microbiology is extremely rewarding, leading to advances in the welfare of the environment as well as human populations. Pursuing this fascinating subject lead to careers in biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, medical research and forensics among other challenging professions.

Regardless of whether you are a serious student considering a career in microbiology or a layperson who just wants to learn everything you can about the world around you, Microbiology 101 is guaranteed to change the way you look at the world.

What will you gain by taking this course?

  • Learn the history and frequently used Microbiology terminology
  • Understand Composition and the chemical basis of Microbiology
  • Microscopy and the process of Microbial metabolism, cultivation and growth
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Bacteria, viruses and fungi
  • Understand the development of Infectious diseases as well as the process of the body defense systems
  • An exploration of Microbiology and Environmental studies
  • And many other topics will be discussed in this study

 Join us in the comprehensive online course as we explore in detail all aspects of microbiology.

Microorganisms play an important part in our lives. Microorganisms will recycle once-living matter into valuable nutrients for plants, but microorganisms are also the primary source of food spoilage in the process of food production.

Microbiology is defined as the branch of biology focused on microorganisms and the effects they have on other living organisms.The word microbiology is the combination of the terms micro--an object which not completely visible to the naked eye requires a microscope to see in detail and biology--the study of living things.
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define microbiology and microbiology terms
  • Know history of microbiology.
  • Define the chemical basis of microbiology.
  • Know prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
  • Describe microbial metabolism.
  • Describe microbial cultivation and growth.
  • Know microbial genetics and DNS and gene expression
  • Describe the bacteria.
  • Describe the viruses.
  • Identify the fungi, unicellular algae and the protozoa.
  • Know the host-parasite relationship.
  • Identify the development of infectious disease.
  • Describe role of microbiology in the eyes and skin.
  • Describe the role of microbiology in cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, respiratory systems, nervous systems, digestive systems.
  • Describe the role of microbiology in the reproductive systems and the immune systems.
  • Know soil microbiology.
  • Know aquatic microbiology, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Lesson 1. Introduction to Microbiology

In broad terms, microbiology is the study of living creatures that are invisible or indistinct to the naked eye because of their extremely small size. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: What Is Microbiology?
  • Review Article: Microbiology
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 1: Introduction to Microbiology Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 1: Introduction to Microbiology Exam

Lesson 2. Microbiology Terms

As with all scientific disciplines, microbiologists have developed a vocabulary specific to their field. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Microbiology Glossary
  • Review Article: Glossary of Microbiology Terms
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 2: Microbiology Terms Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 2: Microbiology Terms Exam

Lesson 3. History of Microbiology

Generally speaking, the field of microbiology started with the invention of the microscope. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Early History of Microbiology
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 3: History of Microbiology Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 3: History of Microbiology Exam

Lesson 4. Composition

The majority of people equate microbes with disease, but those only account for a fraction of those unseen life forms. Microbes live in every corner of the planet. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Taxonomy
  • Review Article: Carl Linnaeus
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 4: Composition Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 4: Composition Exam

Lesson 5. The Chemical Basis of Microbiology

In the 1700s, scientists began to understand the chemical and physical basis of life and quickly realized that the chemistry of all living organisms shared many similarities. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Cells Alive
  • Review Article: Atomic Structure
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 5: The Chemical Basis of Microbiology Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 5: The Chemical Basis of Microbiology Exam

Lesson 6. Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes

The vast majority of life on Earth can be classified as either prokaryotes or eukaryotes. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Prokaryotes, Eukaryotes, and Viruses
  • Review Article: Eukaryotes
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 6: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 6: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes

Lesson 7. Microbial Metabolism

Microbial metabolism is how microorganisms get the energy and nutrients that they need to live and reproduce. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Microbial Metabolism
  • Review Article: ATP
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 7: Microbial Metabolism Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 7: Microbial Metabolism Exam

Lesson 8. Microbial Cultivation and Growth

Just as people need oxygen, plants need sunlight, and fish need water to survive, different microorganisms need specific chemical and physical environments for their growth and survival. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Nutrition and Cultivation of Bacteria
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 8: Microbial Cultivation and Growth Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 8: Microbial Cultivation and Growth Exam

Lesson 9. Microbial Genetics

All characteristics of microorganisms, and every other living thing, are determined by their genes. More specifically, information stored in macromolecules called nucleic acids that are passed on from one generation to the next through the organism's DNA. 10Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Microbial Genetics
  • Review Article: Microbial Genetics Resources
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 9: Microbial Genetics Exam

Lesson 10. DNA and Gene Expression

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) has often been called the blueprint of life, because the characteristics of all life forms ultimately depend upon the information specified by DNA. 10Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Protein Synthesis
  • Review Article: How DNA Works
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 10: DNA and Gene Expression Exam

Lesson 11. The Bacteria

Bacteria come in a great many sizes and several shapes. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Introduction to Bacteria
  • Review Article: Bacteria
  • Take Poll: Microbes
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 11: The Bacteria Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 11: The Bacteria Exam

Lesson 12. The Viruses

Viruses have the same general structure, genetic material in the form of either DNA or RNA surrounded by a protein coat and, in some cases, an outer membrane. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Introduction to Viruses
  • Review Article: How Viruses Work
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 12: The Viruses Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 12: The Viruses

Lesson 13. The Fungi

Over the last 10 years, the incidence of serious fungal infections has been increasing. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: Introduction to the Fungi
  • Review Article: Guide to Fungi
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 13: The Fungi Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 13: The Fungi Exam

Lesson 14. The Unicellular Algae

The term algae describes a large and diverse group of microorganisms that contains over 22,000 species. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: Algae
  • Review Article: Plankton
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 14: The Algae Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 14: The Unicellular Algae Exam

Lesson 15. The Protozoa

The term protozoan means "first animal," which generally describes its animal-like nutrition. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Article: Protozoa
  • Review Article: Types of Protozoa
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 15: The Protozea Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 15: The Protozea Exam

Lesson 16. The Host-Parasite Relationship

A rather delicate balance exists between our defenses and the pathogenic mechanisms of microorganisms. 10Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 16: The Host-Parasite Relationship Exam

Lesson 17. The Development of Infectious Disease

Pathogens can gain access to the human body and other hosts through several avenues, which are called portals of entry. 10Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Review Article: Infectious Disease
  • Review Article: Infectious Diseases
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 17: The Development of Infectious Disease Exam

Lesson 18. Nonspecific Body Defense

When our bodies are challenged by microbes, we defend ourselves by utilizing our various mechanisms of immunity. 10Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Review Article: The Immune System
  • Review Article: Phagocytosis
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 18: Nonspecific Body Defense Exam

Lesson 19. The Skin

The science of skin medicine is referred to as dermatology. 34Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Review Article: Skin
  • Review Article: Human Skin
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 19: The Skin Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 19: The Skin Exam

Lesson 20. The Eyes

The science of eye medicine is referred to as ophthalmology. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Review Article: How the Eye Sees
  • Review Article: The Human Eye
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 20: The Eyes Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 21: The Eyes Exam

Lesson 21: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems

The cardiovascular and lymphatic systems are responsible for the body's circulation, and are studied by cardiologists and immunologists. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 21 Video
  • Review Article: The Cardiovascular System
  • Review Article: Lymphatic System
  • Take Poll: Human Systems
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 21: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 21: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems Exam

Lesson 22. The Respiratory System

Diseases and disorders that affect the respiratory system can cause problems in the lungs, the nerves, and muscles that allow breathing in the lungs, and the respiratory tract that leads air down into the lungs while breathing. 10Total Points
  • Lesson 22 Video
  • Review Article: The Respiratory System
  • Review Article: The Respiratory System and Diseases
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 22: The Respiratory System Exam

Lesson 23. The Nervous System

Diseases and disorders that affect the nervous system can affect either the brain, spinal cord, or the network of nerves to which the brain and spine are connected. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 23 Video
  • Review Article: The Nervous System
  • Review Article: Nervous System Diseases
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 23: The Nervous System
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 23: The Nervous System

Lesson 24. The Digestive System

Diseases and disorders of the digestive system can include everything from the mouth to the stomach, and the stomach to the digestive tract, and associated organs. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 24 Video
  • Review Article: The Digestive System
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 24: The Digestive System
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 24: The Digestive System Exam

Lesson 25. The Reproductive System

The reproductive system is both a victim of diseases and disorders as well as a vehicle for disease transmission for diseases both related and unrelated to the reproductive system. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 25 Video
  • Review Article: The Reproductive System
  • Review Article: Reproductive System Diseases
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 25: The Reproductive System
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 25: The Reproductive System Exam

Lesson 26. The Immune System

The immune system is composed of the white blood cells and their accompanying components that combat pathogens in the human body. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 26 Video
  • Review Article: The Immune System
  • Review Article: Diseases of the Immune System
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 26: The Immune System
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 26: The Immune System Exam

Lesson 27. Soil Microbiology

Soil genesis is a long-term event that produces the stable environment in which microbiological cycles and processes occur. 10Total Points
  • Lesson 27 Video
  • Review Article: Soil Microbes
  • Review Article: Nutrient Recycling
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 27: Soil Microbiology Exam

Lesson 28. Aquatic Microbiology

There are between four and five thousand species of phytoplankton on earth, organisms defined as any microscopic, photosynthetic (or partially photosynthetic) organism that lives in or partially in water. 35Total Points
  • Lesson 28 Video
  • Review Article: Bacteria at Hydrothermal Vents
  • Take Poll: Hydrothermal Vents
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 28: Aquatic Microbiology Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 28: Aquatic Microbiology Exam

Lesson 29. Microbiology in the Environment and in Us

Microbiology serves several major functions in our food. 120Total Points
  • Lesson 29 Video
  • Review Article: Penicillin
  • Review Article: Helpful Microbes in Daily Life
  • Take Poll: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Assignment 29: Microbiology in the Environment and Us
  • Complete Exam: Quiz 29: Microbiology in the Environment and Us Exam
  • Complete Exam: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Microbiology 101
Course Number: 8900081
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 3.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
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
Instructor: April Graves
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