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Course Syllabus: Introduction to Microbiology

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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 lead to such 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?
  • Appreciation for the vital roles microbes perform;
  • Awareness of the advantages--soil fertility and decomposition of organic matter--and disadvantages--food spoilage--of microbiology;
  • Understanding of the comprehensive history of microbiology;
  • Introduction to cellular respiration, bacteria, viruses, diseases, vaccines and drugs used for medical treatment.

Join us in this comprehensive online course as we explore in detail all aspects of microbiology, including microbiology history, as well as an in-depth look at cellular respiration, bacteria, viruses, diseases, vaccines, and even drugs used in medical treatments.

Course Requirements

All materials are presented within the course lessons. You only need to bring an open mind. If you need additional help outside what is covered in the class lessons, I can recommend a few books to help.

Course Outline

I. Introduction to Microbiology

A. Microbiology: Overview
B. Microbiology: History & Timeframe
C. Microbiology: Relevance & Impact
D. Germ Theory Louis Pasteur
E. Robert Koch

II. Microorganism

A. Microorganisms: Characteristics
B. Microorganisms: Classifications
C. Microorganisms: Worldview
III. The Chemical Basis of Microbiology
A. Microorganism (Microbe): Structure
B. Microorganism: Varieties of Shape
C. Microorganism: Classifications

IV. Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes

A. Life Forms: Overview
B. Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes: Introduction & Assessment
C. Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes: Summary of Similarities & Differences

V. Microbial Metabolism

A. Microbial Metabolism: Species’ Distinction
B. Microbial MEtabolism: Types & Processes
D. Energy Production Process
E. Glycolysis
F. Krebs Cycle
G. Electron Transport Chain
H. Chemiosmosis
I. Fermentation

VI. Microbial Growth and Control of Growth

A. Microbial Growth: Societal Factors
B. Microbial Control: Methodologies
C. Types of Heat Treatments
D. Microbial Control: More Methodologies

VII. Microbial Genetics

A. Microbial Genetics: Basics
B. DNA & RNA: Structural Characteristics
C. Microbial Genetics: Related Terms
D. Microbial Genetics: Varied Approaches

VIII. DNA Technology
A. Genetic Engineering
B. Recombinant DNA: Timeline
C. Recombinant DNA: Production Process
D. Recombinant DNA: Applicatoins
E. Recombinant DNA: Usages

IX. The Bacteria

A. Bacteria: The Good, the bad and the ugly
B. Bacteria: Classifications
C. Bacteria: Modes by which they Obtain Energy
D. Bacteria: Role it the Global Ecosystem

X. The Viruses

A. Viruses: History
B. Viruses: Modern Day
C. Viruses: Morphology
D. Viruses: Composition & Classification
E. Viruses: SruCtural Understanding
F. Viruses: Life Cycle

XI. The Fungi, Algae, Protozoa and Helminthes

A. Microorganisms: Shared Characteristics
B. Microorganisms: Categories
C. Microorganisms: Diseases
D. Worldwide Infestations of Parasites

XII. The Development of Disease

A. Disease: History
B. Disease: Treatments & Preventative Protocols

XIII. The Immune System
A. Immune System: Composition
B. Immune System: Functioning
C. Lymphocytes: B-CELLS and T-Cells
D. Immune System: Antibodies
E. Types of Immunity

XIV. Disorders of the Immune System

A. Immune system: Disorders
B. Disorders of the Immune System: Available Treatment Options
C. Research Findings
D. Stress And Breakdowns

XV. Diseases of the Skin and Eyes

  1. Microbial Disease: Skin and Eye
  2. The Skin: Basic Overview
  3. Microbial Disease: skin
  4. Viral Infections of the Skin
  5. Fungal Diseases of the Skin
  6. Microbial Dieases: Eye
  7. Bacterial Diseases of the eye
  8. The Infectious Diseases of the Eye

XVI. Diseases of the Nervous System

A. Central Nervous System: Network CNS
B. Central Nervous SysTem (CNS): Maladies Diseases
C. Central Nervous System (CNS): Additional Maladies Diseases
XVII. Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
  1. Cardiovascular & Lymphatic Systems: Structure & Function
  2. Cardiovascular & Lymphatic Systems: Bacterial Diseases
  3. Cardiovascular & Lymphatic Systems: Vector-Transmitted Diseases
  4. Cardiovascular & Lymphatic Systems: Viral Diseases

XVIII. Diseases of the Respiratory System

A. Respiratory Systems: essential Functioning & Types of Sysems
B. Respiratory Systems: Classification of Disorders

XIX. Diseases of the Digestive System

  1. Digestive System: Overview
  2. Digestive System: ASsociative Medical Conditions

XX. Diseases of the Reproductive System

  1. Reproductive System: Internal Blueprint
  2. Reproductive System: Fertilization Process
  3. Reproductive System: Afflications
  4. Reproduction Systems: Afflictions Applicable to Women
  5. Reproduction Systems: Afflictions Applicable to men
  6. Reproduction Systems: Afflictions Applicable to Women & men

XXI. Vaccines

A. Vaccines: AChieving Immunity
B. Vaccines: Natural Immunity
C. Vaccines: IndUced Immunity
D. Vaccines: Types

XXII. Exploring Antimicrobial Drugs
A. Antimicrobial Drugs: History
B. Antimicrobial Drugs: Modern Day
C. Antimicrobial Drugs: Classes
D. Antimicrobial Drugs: Treatment Protocols
E. Antimicrobial Drugs: Summary

Grading Policy

Complete the course with 70% or higher and you'll receive a CEU Certificate of Course Completion.


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.
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