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Course Description

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. 80 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Great Microbiologists; The Vaccine Page
  • Take Poll: And the Prize Goes To...
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment 1: Who's Who in Microbiology
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment 2: Research Pays Off
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: The Microorganism

Now moving on to learning more about the varying forms in which microorganisms exist. 73 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Intimate Strangers
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment 1: Understand Microorganisms
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment 2: Pathogens Rule
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

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 88 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Cells Alive
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment 1: Cell Bingo
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment 2: Center Stage
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

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. 68 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Cellular Biology; Prokaryotes, Eukaryotes and Viruses; The Prokaryotes
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment 1: Carry the Oats!
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment 2: Cellular Similarities
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

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. 68 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Anabolism; Introduction to Cellular Respiration
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment 1: Metabolism for Molecules
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment 2: Energy Generator
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

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. 70 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Ask a Scientist; Control
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment 1: Microbial Control
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment 2: What's Clean?
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

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. 90 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: DNA-RNA-Protein; Genomes
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment 1: Ingredients Please
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment 2: Copy That
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

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 68 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: DNA Forensics; PCR and Cloning
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment 1: Genetic Basics
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment 2: Do That Again
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

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. 80 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Institute for Molecular Virology; Bacteria; Bacterial Ecosystems
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment 1: Identifying Bacteria
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment 2: Classifying Bacteria
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

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. 96 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Virus Graphics
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment 1: What is a Virus?
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment 2: Virus Life Cycle
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

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. 78 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Dr. Fungus; Lichens of North America; The Harmful Algae Page; Helminthes
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment 1: Microorganism Tag
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment 2: Category Please?
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

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. 66 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Controlling the Spread of Contagious Diseases; Water Sanitation and Health
  • Take Poll: Threats Everywhere
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment 1: What is a disease?
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment 2: Back Off!
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

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. 68 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; The Vaccine Page
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment 1: Immunity Factors
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment 2: Body Guards
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

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. 108 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Immune System Disorders; Vaccines and Immunizations
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment 1: Immunity and Your Body
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment 2: Defensive Moves
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

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. 90 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: AMA Body Atlas; National Eye Institute; Seeing, Hearing and Smelling the World
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment 1: Viral Infections
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment 2: The Eyes Have It
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

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. 74 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Nervous System; Society for Neuroscience
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Assignment 1: Meninges Mater
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Assignment 2: Nervous?
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Exam

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. 68 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Cardiovascular Disease; Fooling with Nature; The Endocrine Society
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Assignment 1: Take Your Pick
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Assignment 2: Yellow Fever S&S
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Exam

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. 88 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: American Lung Association for Respiratory Care; Healthy People 2020; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Assignment 1: Job Description
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Assignment 2: ATP Means Energy
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Exam

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. 108 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Core; Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis; National Eating Disorder Association
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Assignment 1: Danger Ahead
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Assignment 2: Diver What?
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Exam

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. 90 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: CDC National Prevention Information Network; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Viral Hepatitis
  • Complete: Lesson 20 Assignment 1: Connections
  • Complete: Lesson 20 Assignment 2: STD's
  • Complete: Lesson 20 Exam

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. 70 Total Points
  • Lesson 21 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Evolution of Vaccines; FDA - Vaccines; The Vaccine Page
  • Take Poll: Do You Have What It Takes?
  • Complete: Lesson 21 Assignment 1: This Shot's For You
  • Complete: Lesson 21 Assignment 2: Who Are You?
  • Complete: Lesson 21 Exam

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 100 Total Points
  • Lesson 22 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Infectious Disease Center; WHO Drug Resistance
  • Complete: Lesson 22 Assignment 1: Anti-What?
  • Complete: Lesson 22 Assignment 2: Antibiotic Know How
  • Complete: Lesson 22 Exam

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. 70 Total Points
  • Lesson 23 Video
  • Review Article: What is Microbiology?
  • Take Poll: What do you think about this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 23 Assignment 1: Defining Microbiology
  • Complete: Lesson 23 Assignment 2: Bugs Everywhere
Total Course Points

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.
  • Know 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.
  • Know vaccines and antimicrobial drugs, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Introduction to Microbiology
Course Number: 7550434
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: College Level (Self-Paced, Online Class)
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
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Student Testimonials

  • "The whole structure of this course is so well organised that it has made my learning easy as well as interesting! A Great program!" -- Irene C.
  • "The material was very informative." -- Peter K.
  • "Lessons were short and succinct, which helped with learning content." -- Marcus L.
  • "What a lot of work you did in putting this course together. Thank you so much for your work. This opened a whole new world to me and I will never see things the same again. I also learned a lot about disease and how it is spread. I want to focus on the animal kingdom now and study the disease of the animals. Maybe I can get that lab set up in Egypt! I already have one microscope that I will take over in March or April to Egypt." -- Khadija H.
  • "I especially enjoyed the lessons on vaccines and antimicrobial drugs. I work in infection control and these areas gave me fresh information and thoughts that can be applied to my job....The instructor did a great job of presenting information and peaking my curosity to want to seek out more information." -- Rita T.
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