Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences

Faculty
Science & Technology
Department
Biology
Course Code
BIOL 2401
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
28
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Lab
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
A survey of the biology of microorganisms with an emphasis on bacteria. Topics include prokaryotic diversity, bacterial cell structure and metabolism, and microbial reproduction. Introductory virology and immunology, epidemiology and public health, and selected topics in medical microbiology. Laboratory activities introduce a wide variety of techniques in microbiology and immunology.
Course Content
  1. INTRODUCTION
    • Introduction to microorganisms
    • Historical overview of microbiology
    • Prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms
    • Introduction to bacteria
  2. INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY
    • DNA replication and protein synthesis
    • Bacterial cell structure
  3. BACTERIAL REPRODUCTION AND CLASSIFICATION
    • Chemical and physical requirements for growth
    •  Phases of bacterial growth
    • Gram + and gram – bacteria
  4. CONTROL OF BACTERIAL GROWTH
    • General antiseptics
    • Antimicrobial drugs
    • Drug resistance
  5. INTRODUCTION TO VIROLOGY
    • Introduction to viral structure
    • Viral replication
    • Viruses and disease
  6. IMMUNOLOGY
    • Innate and acquired immunity
    • Humoral and cell-mediated responses
    • Microbial pathogenesis
    • Immunization
  7. CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY
    • Epidemiology and public health
    • Emergent diseases
    • Transmission of disease
    • Nosocomial infections
    • Specific body system diseases
  8. LABORATORY TOPICS
    • Basic Techniques in Microbiology
      • Laboratory operations and safety
      • Laboratory reporting techniques
      • Microscopy
    • Bacteria: Transfer, culture and isolation techniques
      • Aseptic techniques
      • Preparation of media and plates
      • Tube transfers
      • Streak plate and spread plate techniques
    • Colony and Cellular Morphology
      • Agar plate colonial characteristic and agar slant growth
      • Individual cell characteristics (coccus, bacillus and spirillum microscopic recognition)
    • Differential Staining
      • Negative staining
      • Gram stain
      • Endospore staining
    • Bacterial Growth
      • Serial dilution
      • Growth rate determination (direct/plate counts)
    • Bacterial Sensitivity and Resistance
      • Examination of bacterial sensitivity to a variety of antibiotics
      • Plating and isolation of antibiotic resistant bacteria
    • Antibody-Antigen reactions
      • Agglutination reactions
      • ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay)
    • Control of Microbial Growth
      • Disc Diffusion Assays
      • Antiseptics, Disinfectants, Anitbiotics
      • Probiotics
    • Practical Case Study
      • Characterization and identification of a microorganism using the techniques learned throughout the laboratories, as well as the information given in the theory lectures.
Methods Of Instruction

This course involves four hours of lecture per week and two hours of laboratory work.  The content of lectures is integrated with laboratory experiments, and readings in the textbook. Instruction may include group work and online components.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be bassed on the following:

Class tests and assignments   20-30%
Laboratory   20-30%
Term exam(s)   15-25%
Final exam   25-35%
Total    100%

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the range of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms that are considered to be microorganisms and explain the historical context of microbiological science.
  2. Explain the components and cellular structure of bacterial cells.
  3. Explain the principles of classification and be able to explain the classification of bacteria.
  4. Explain the process of bacterial cell division and relate it to the growth of bacterial populations and describe the principles involved in the control of bacterial growth.
  5. Describe the structure of viruses, viral replication and explain the role of viruses in disease.
  6. Explain the difference between innate and acquired immunity to disease in humans and how they are affected by humoral and cell-mediated responses.
  7. Describe the mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis.
  8. Explain the modes of transmission and mechanisms of infection by human bacterial diseases and strategies for management of transmission and infection in the context of public health.
  9. Explain the basis of the development of bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents.
  10. Demonstrate familiarity and competency with a wide variety of microbiological laboratory techniques including transfer, culture, isolation and identification techniques, growth rates and antibiotic sensitivity.
Textbook Materials

Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. Example textbooks and materials may include: 

OpenStax Microbiology (2016), Microbiology or a comparable current microbiology textbook.

Requisites

Prerequisites

Biology 1103 or 1109, and BIOL 1203 or BIOL 
1209 with C- or better or permission of the 
instructor

(Biology 1103 or 1109) and (BIOL 1203 or BIOL 1209)

Corequisites

Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses

Equivalencies

Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO BIOL 104 (3) 2017/05/01 to 2017/12/31
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO BIOL 1XX (3) 2018/01/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU BIOL 2XX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) CMTN BIOL 133 (3) 2016/09/01 to -
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR BIOL 2XX (3) 2015/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU BIOL 2XXX (3) 2007/01/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG BIOL 2XXX (3) 2007/01/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BISC 2XX (3) 2007/01/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BIOL 2XX (3) 2007/01/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BIOL 2XXX (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU BIOL 2XX (3) 2007/01/01 to 2009/12/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU BIOL 2XX (3) 2010/01/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO BIOL 2nd (3) 2007/01/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV MICB 2nd (4) 2007/01/01 to 2020/08/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV MICB 2nd (4) 2020/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC HHSC 110 (3) 2007/01/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV BIO 2XX (3) 2007/01/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MICR 1XX (1.5) 2007/01/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU BIOL 1st (3) 2007/01/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
33373
Wed Fri
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Viveiros
Ryan
Waitlist
BIOL 2401 001 is intended for students planning to apply to the BS Nursing or the BS Psychiatric Nursing programs and includes a two-hour lab as part of the scheduled class times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
14
14
0
4
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed Fri
Coquitlam - Bldg. D
D1026
8:30 - 10:20
Wed
Coquitlam - Bldg. A
A2163
10:30 - 12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34400
Wed Fri
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Viveiros
Ryan
Waitlist
BIOL 2401 002 is intended for students planning to apply to the BS Nursing or the BS Psychiatric Nursing programs and includes a two-hour lab as part of the scheduled class times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
14
14
0
3
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed Fri
Coquitlam - Bldg. D
D1026
8:30 - 10:20
Wed
Coquitlam - Bldg. A
A2163
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34465
Tue Wed Fri
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Viveiros
Ryan
Waitlist
BIOL 2401 003 is intended for students planning to apply to the BS Nursing or the BS Psychiatric Nursing programs and includes a two-hour lab as part of the scheduled class times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
14
13
1
6
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
Coquitlam - Bldg. A
A2163
10:30 - 12:20
Wed Fri
Coquitlam - Bldg. D
D1026
10:30 - 12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34466
Wed Fri Tue
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Viveiros
Ryan
Waitlist
BIOL 2401 004 is intended for students planning to apply to the BS Nursing or the BS Psychiatric Nursing programs and includes a two-hour lab as part of the scheduled class times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
14
13
1
5
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed Fri
Coquitlam - Bldg. D
D1026
10:30 - 12:20
Tue
Coquitlam - Bldg. A
A2163
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34680
Tue Thu Wed
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Lee
Weissy
Waitlist
BIOL 2401 005 is intended for students planning to apply to the BS Nursing or the BS Psychiatric Nursing programs and includes a two-hour lab as part of the scheduled class times.
.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
14
14
0
18
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S3902
8:30 - 10:20
Wed
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S3712
10:30 - 12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34681
Tue Thu Wed
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Lee
Weissy
Waitlist
BIOL 2401 006 is intended for students planning to apply to the BS Nursing or the BS Psychiatric Nursing programs and includes a two-hour lab as part of the scheduled class times.

Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
14
14
0
20
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S3902
8:30 - 10:20
Wed
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S3712
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34976
Thu Mon Wed
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Sutton
Liza
Waitlist
BIOL 2401 007 is intended for students planning to apply to the BS Nursing or the BS Psychiatric Nursing programs and includes a two-hour lab as part of the scheduled class times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
14
14
0
21
Days
Building
Room
Time
Thu
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S3712
10:30 - 12:20
Mon Wed
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N1220
12:30 - 14:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34977
Mon Wed Thu
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Sutton
Liza
Waitlist
BIOL 2401 008 is intended for students planning to apply to the BS Nursing or the BS Psychiatric Nursing programs and includes a two-hour lab as part of the scheduled class times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
14
14
0
18
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon Wed
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N1220
12:30 - 14:20
Thu
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S3712
14:30 - 16:20