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Course Description


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 leads 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.


Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but a general knowledge of biology is recommended.
Universal Class offers courses in Introduction to Biology and Biology 101. Universal Class also offers Introduction to Microbiology CRN: 7550434 : http://microbiology101.onlineclasses.com 

It is also recommended you have a high school reading level.

No books will be required

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Introduction to Microbiology

Lesson 2: Microbiology Terms

Lesson 3: History of Microbiology

Lesson 4: Composition

Lesson 5: The Chemical Basis of Microbiology

Lesson 6: Microscopy

Lesson 7: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes

Lesson 8: Microbial Metabolism

Lesson 9: Microbial Cultivation and Growth

Lesson 10: Microbial Genetics

Lesson 11: DNA and Gene Expression

Lesson 12: The Bacteria

Lesson 13: The Viruses

Lesson 14: The Fungi

Lesson 15: The Unicellular Algae

Lesson 16: The Protozoa

Lesson 17: The Host-Parasite Relationship

Lesson 18: The Development of Infectious Disease

Lesson 19: Nonspecific Body Defense

Lesson 20: The Skin

Lesson 21: The Eyes

Lesson 22: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems

Lesson 23: The Respiratory System

Lesson 24: The Nervous System

Lesson 25: The Digestive System

Lesson 26: The Reproductive System

Lesson 27: The Immune System

Lesson 28: Soil Microbiology

Lesson 29: Aquatic Microbiology

Lesson 30: Microbiology in the Environment and Us

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Assignment 1: Introduction to Microbiology Assignment25
Quiz 1: Introduction to Microbiology Exam10
Assignment 2: Microbiology Terms Assignment25
Quiz 2: Microbiology Terms Exam10
Assignment 3: History of Microbiology Assignment25
Quiz 3: History of Microbiology Exam10
Assignment 4: Composition Assignment25
Quiz 4: Composition Exam10
Assignment 5: The Chemical Basis of Microbiology Assignment25
Quiz 5: The Chemical Basis of Microbiology Exam10
Assignment 6: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes Assignment25
Quiz 6: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes10
Assignment 7: Microbial Metabolism Assignment25
Quiz 7: Microbial Metabolism Exam10
Assignment 8: Microbial Cultivation and Growth Assignment25
Quiz 8: Microbial Cultivation and Growth Exam10
Quiz 9: Microbial Genetics Exam10
Quiz 10: DNA and Gene Expression Exam10
Assignment 11: The Bacteria Assignment25
Quiz 11: The Bacteria Exam10
Assignment 12: The Viruses Assignment25
Quiz 12: The Viruses10
Assignment 13: The Fungi Assignment25
Quiz 13: The Fungi Exam10
Assignment 14: The Algae Assignment25
Quiz 14: The Unicellular Algae Exam10
Assignment 15: The Protozea Assignment25
Quiz 15: The Protozea Exam10
Quiz 16: The Host-Parasite Relationship Exam10
Quiz 17: The Development of Infectious Disease Exam10
Quiz 18: Nonspecific Body Defense Exam10
Assignment 19: The Skin Assignment25
Quiz 19: The Skin Exam10
Assignment 20: The Eyes Assignment25
Quiz 21: The Eyes Exam10
Assignment 21: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems Assignment25
Quiz 21: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems Exam10
Quiz 22: The Respiratory System Exam10
Assignment 23: The Nervous System25
Quiz 23: The Nervous System10
Assignment 24: The Digestive System25
Quiz 24: The Digestive System Exam10
Assignment 25: The Reproductive System25
Quiz 25: The Reproductive System Exam10
Assignment 26: The Immune System25
Quiz 26: The Immune System Exam10
Quiz 27: Soil Microbiology Exam10
Assignment 28: Aquatic Microbiology Assignment25
Quiz 28: Aquatic Microbiology Exam10
Assignment 29: Microbiology in the Environment and Us25
Quiz 29: Microbiology in the Environment and Us Exam10
The Final Exam85
Total Points:925

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