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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
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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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Lesson 1. Introduction to MicrobiologyIn broad terms, microbiology is the study of living creatures that are invisible or indistinct to the naked eye because of their extremely small size.
Lesson 2. Microbiology TermsAs with all scientific disciplines, microbiologists have developed a vocabulary specific to their field.
Lesson 3. History of MicrobiologyGenerally speaking, the field of microbiology started with the invention of the microscope.
Lesson 4. CompositionThe 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.
Lesson 5. The Chemical Basis of MicrobiologyIn 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.
Lesson 6. Prokaryotes and EukaryotesThe vast majority of life on Earth can be classified as either prokaryotes or eukaryotes.
Lesson 7. Microbial MetabolismMicrobial metabolism is how microorganisms get the energy and nutrients that they need to live and reproduce.
Lesson 8. Microbial Cultivation and GrowthJust 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.
Lesson 9. Microbial GeneticsAll 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.
Lesson 10. DNA and Gene ExpressionDeoxyribonucleic 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.
Lesson 11. The BacteriaBacteria come in a great many sizes and several shapes.
Lesson 12. The VirusesViruses 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.
Lesson 13. The FungiOver the last 10 years, the incidence of serious fungal infections has been increasing.
Lesson 14. The Unicellular AlgaeThe term algae describes a large and diverse group of microorganisms that contains over 22,000 species.
Lesson 15. The ProtozoaThe term protozoan means "first animal," which generally describes its animal-like nutrition.
Lesson 16. The Host-Parasite RelationshipA rather delicate balance exists between our defenses and the pathogenic mechanisms of microorganisms.
Lesson 17. The Development of Infectious DiseasePathogens can gain access to the human body and other hosts through several avenues, which are called portals of entry.
Lesson 18. Nonspecific Body DefenseWhen our bodies are challenged by microbes, we defend ourselves by utilizing our various mechanisms of immunity.
Lesson 19. The SkinThe science of skin medicine is referred to as dermatology.
Lesson 20. The EyesThe science of eye medicine is referred to as ophthalmology.
Lesson 21: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic SystemsThe cardiovascular and lymphatic systems are responsible for the body's circulation, and are studied by cardiologists and immunologists.
Lesson 22. The Respiratory SystemDiseases 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.
Lesson 23. The Nervous SystemDiseases 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.
Lesson 24. The Digestive SystemDiseases 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.
Lesson 25. The Reproductive SystemThe 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.
Lesson 26. The Immune SystemThe immune system is composed of the white blood cells and their accompanying components that combat pathogens in the human body.
Lesson 27. Soil MicrobiologySoil genesis is a long-term event that produces the stable environment in which microbiological cycles and processes occur.
Lesson 28. Aquatic MicrobiologyThere 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.
Lesson 29. Microbiology in the Environment and in UsMicrobiology serves several major functions in our food.
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Learning OutcomesBy successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Define microbiology and microbiology terms
- Summarize history of microbiology.
- Define the chemical basis of microbiology.
- Summarize prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
- Describe microbial metabolism.
- Describe microbial cultivation and growth.
- Summarize microbial genetics and DNS and gene expression
- Describe the bacteria.
- Describe the viruses.
- Identify the fungi, unicellular algae and the protozoa.
- Summarize 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.
- Summarize soil microbiology.
- Summarize aquatic microbiology, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
|Assignment 1: Introduction to Microbiology Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 1: Introduction to Microbiology Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 2: Microbiology Terms Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 2: Microbiology Terms Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 3: History of Microbiology Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 3: History of Microbiology Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 4: Composition Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 4: Composition Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 5: The Chemical Basis of Microbiology Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 5: The Chemical Basis of Microbiology Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 6: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 6: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes||Exam||10|
|Assignment 7: Microbial Metabolism Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 7: Microbial Metabolism Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 8: Microbial Cultivation and Growth Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 8: Microbial Cultivation and Growth Exam||Exam||10|
|Quiz 9: Microbial Genetics Exam||Exam||10|
|Quiz 10: DNA and Gene Expression Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 11: The Bacteria Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 11: The Bacteria Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 12: The Viruses Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 12: The Viruses||Exam||10|
|Assignment 13: The Fungi Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 13: The Fungi Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 14: The Algae Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 14: The Unicellular Algae Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 15: The Protozea Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 15: The Protozea Exam||Exam||10|
|Quiz 16: The Host-Parasite Relationship Exam||Exam||10|
|Quiz 17: The Development of Infectious Disease Exam||Exam||10|
|Quiz 18: Nonspecific Body Defense Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 19: The Skin Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 19: The Skin Exam||Exam||9|
|Assignment 20: The Eyes Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 21: The Eyes Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 21: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 21: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems Exam||Exam||10|
|Quiz 22: The Respiratory System Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 23: The Nervous System||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 23: The Nervous System||Exam||10|
|Assignment 24: The Digestive System||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 24: The Digestive System Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 25: The Reproductive System||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 25: The Reproductive System Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 26: The Immune System||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 26: The Immune System Exam||Exam||10|
|Quiz 27: Soil Microbiology Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 28: Aquatic Microbiology Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 28: Aquatic Microbiology Exam||Exam||10|
|Assignment 29: Microbiology in the Environment and Us||Assignment||25|
|Quiz 29: Microbiology in the Environment and Us Exam||Exam||10|
|The Final Exam||Exam||85|
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