Microbiology with Laboratory


Course Code:  None
Credits:  Noncredit
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Course Title:Microbiology with Laboratory
Course Code:None
Credits:Noncredit
Certificate Provider:Westcott Courses
Transfer:No, the noncredit version of the course is not transferable.
Grading Mode:Standard letter grade
See the Certificate & Preapproval tab for more details.

Course Requirements
Enrollment Type:RollingSign up and start any day of the year.
Requires Textbook?YesThis course requires a textbook.
Lab Included?YesCourse price includes the lab fee.
Proctored Final:NoThe noncredit version doesn't have a proctored final; but your college may require it.
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Course Description
This course is an Introduction to microorganisms as biological entities. Topics include microscopy, cell structures and functions, metabolism, genetics, disease transmission, host response to microbial invasion, control of infectious disease, impact of microbes on the environment and applications of microorganisms to industrial and environmental problems.

Prerequisite:   General Biology with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

Course Pricing
The full cost of the course is $385.00; however, you may use the payment plan to split the cost into two payments.

Payment Plan:
1st payment: $215.25   (Start your class immediately!)
2nd payment: $176.75   (Automatically charged 30 days later.)

Enroll Now - Noncredit - $385   View Credit Option - $568

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Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course, and a certificate of completion is issued by Westcott for students who receive a C or better in the course. This course under the noncredit option does not go through our partner universities; thus, a transcript is not included with the course. If you need academic credit and/or a transcript, click on the button above or below to switch to the 'credit option'.
See the Certificate & Preapproval tab for more details on this topic.

The noncredit course is the exact same class as the credit course; it is just less expensive since it is not sent through our partner university for credit. The noncredit courses can be used for remediation, personal enrichment, or students can learn the material and then receive credit at a home college using their college's Credit by Examination option.

Enrollment Information
Enroll any day of the year, and start that same day. Students have five months of access, plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. Students can finish the self-paced courses as soon as they are able. Most students finish the lower level courses in 1 - 3 months. The upper level math courses, such as Calculus and above, usually take students 2 - 4 months.

Textbook Requirement:
An additional textbook/account through Pearson Publishing is required for this course. The textbook is embedded in a Pearson account where you will read the e-text, do your homework and take your quizzes and tests. Once you enroll and log into your Westcott account, you will be given instructions on how to obtain this textbook/account from Pearson.
Tortora/Funke/Case, Microbiology: An Introduction, 11e

Proctored Final Requirement:
A proctored final is not required for the noncredit courses. However, many colleges permit their students to use our noncredit certificate as a prerequisite for the next level course. These colleges require a proctored final for the course. If you are a student from one of these colleges, the final exam must be proctored at college testing center or a Sylvan Learning Center. A valid driver's license or State ID must be shown at the testing center. An expired license or State ID will not be accepted. Use this link to help you find a college testing center or Sylvan Learning center near your home:   Proctored Final Instructions
Note: Cal State Maritime, San Francisco State University, and College of the Desert provide a testing center for their students on their campus.

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Payment Plan:
The cost of each class can be divided into two payments by checking the payment plan box when you enroll. The first payment is 55% of the total amount, and the second payment is 45% of the total amount. Your first payment will be charged when you enroll, and the second payment will be charged in 30 days. Your course is activated once your first payment is made. There is a $3.50 additional fee for the credit card split for each of the two payments.

If paying by check, you can either send in a check for the two payments 30 days apart. Or you may send in both checks at the same time, with one post dated by 30 days for the 2nd payment. Just click on "Check by Mail" under Payment Information when you enroll. The form at the end of your enrollment will give you the address for mailing the checks.

Certificate Information:
A certificate of completion is issued from Westcott Courses, which includes a letter grade and an overall percentage earned in the class. This course under the noncredit option does not go through Brandman University; thus, it does not carry any units and an official transcript is not included with the course. Some colleges such as Cal State Maritime, San Francisco State University, College of the Desert, etc., accept the certificate of completion for this class as a prerequisite towards another course on their campus. Please see our Associated Schools page to see if your college will accept this class under noncredit. If your college is not on this list, then they most likely want you to take the class under the credit option, which will go through Brandman University.

If you would like preapproval from your school, please see the section below on "Preapproval from your School".

Transfer Information:   No, the noncredit version of the course is not transferable.

Courses under noncredit are not transferable. If you would like to take this class for personal enrichment, the noncredit course is the exact same class as the credit course; it is just less expensive since it is not sent through our partner university for credit. If you want to transfer the course to your college, you will need to enroll under the semester credit option. If you would like preapproval from your school, please send your counselor or registrar's office the link to this page. The noncredit courses can also be used to learn the material and then receive credit at a home college using Credit by Examination.
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Preapproval from your School:
Westcott Courses/Omega Math is the teacher of the course, and a certificate of completion is issued. A course under the noncredit option cannot be used towards college graduation; however, it may be able to be used as a prerequisite at some colleges, such as College of the Desert, and/or graduate programs. View the Associated Colleges page to see if your school is listed. If your school is not on our list, they will most likely want the official transcript and semester credits from our credit option. Click on the link above "View the Credit Option", and then view the Preapproval tab.

Course Information


Course Title:Microbiology with Laboratory
Course Code:None
Credits:0 credits
Certificate Provider:Westcott Courses
Grading Mode:Standard letter grade
Proctored Final: No

Textbook Requirement:
An additional textbook/account through Pearson Publishing is required for this course. The textbook is embedded in a Pearson account where you will read the e-text, do your homework and take your quizzes and tests. Once you enroll and log into your Westcott account, you will be given instructions on how to obtain this textbook/account from Pearson.
Tortora/Funke/Case, Microbiology: An Introduction, 11e

Course Description

This course is an Introduction to microorganisms as biological entities. Topics include microscopy, cell structures and functions, metabolism, genetics, disease transmission, host response to microbial invasion, control of infectious disease, impact of microbes on the environment and applications of microorganisms to industrial and environmental problems.

Prerequisite:   General Biology with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe historical aspects of microorganisms' impacts on human societies.
  2. Describe fundamental characteristics of major groups of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
  3. Describe the fundamental requirements for growth and replication of microorganisms.
  4. Discuss methods of control of bacterial and viral growth.
  5. Compare the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  6. Explain pathogenic features of disease causing microbes.
  7. Describe the basic immune response to infection by microbial agents.
  8. Perform a range of core microbiological techniques.


Lab Description


This is the laboratory part of Microbiology and is taken in conjunction with the main course. An introduction to common laboratory techniques and the process of science is presented. The laboratory experiments are designed to complement the topics presented in the companion lecture course.

Lab Objectives


At the successful completion of the laboratory part of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand laboratory safety and know how to apply safe practices in the laboratory as well as the correct handling of biological specimens.
  2. Prepare, identify and interpret stained slides of bacteria.
  3. Understand the basic microbiological techniques: concept of aseptic work, cultivation and identification of microorganism.
  4. Culture bacteria from common surfaces and substrates.
  5. Distinguish between good and bad microbes.
  6. Test microbial susceptibility using different chemical agents.
  7. Identify samples of unknown bacteria using deductions and systematic testing.


Lab Activities

1.   The Microscope (MicoLab Tutors)
2.   Safety (Lab Techniques Videos & MicroLab Tutor)
3.   Examination of living microorganisms
4.   Gram Stain (Lab Techniques Videos & Microlab Tutors)
5.   Carbohydrate Metabolism/Catabo (Lab Techniques Videos)
6.   Differential Stains (Lab Techniques Videos)
7.   ELISA (Lab Techniques Videos)
8.   Enzymatic Tests: Lipase & Amylase (Lab Techniques Videos)
9.   Aseptic Technique (Lab Techniques Videos)
10.   Serial Dilutions (MicoLab Tutors)
11.   Simple Stains (Lab Techniques Videos)
12.   Negative Stains (Lab Techniques Videos)
13.   Blood Typing (Interactive Lab)
14.   Bacterial Transformations (Interactive Lab)
15.   Gel Electrophoresis (Interactive Lab)
16.   Investigating Bacterial Growth (Interactive Lab)

Methods Of Evaluation

Quizzes 35%
Midterm 20%
Homework 20%
Final Exam 25%
(You must get at least 60% on this final in order to pass the class with a C or better.)

Laboratory:
Lab Practical 35%
Lab Quizzes 40%
Lab Final Exam 25%

Assessment

A 90-100 A Clearly stands out as excellent performance and, exhibits mastery of learning outcomes.
B 80-89 B Grasps subject matter at a level considered to be good to very good, and exhibits partial mastery of learning outcomes.
C 70-79 C Demonstrates a satisfactory comprehension of the subject matter, and exhibits sufficient understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
D 60-69 D Quality and quantity of work is below average and exhibits only partial understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
F 0-59 F Quality and quantity of work is below average and not sufficient to progress.

Content Menu


Part 1 - FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY


Chapters Chapter Quiz
1   The Microbial World and You Chapter 1 Quiz
2   Chemical Principles Chapter 2 Quiz
3   Observing Microorganisms Through a Microscope Chapter 3 Quiz
4   Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells Chapter 4 Quiz
5   Microbial Metabolism Chapter 5 Quiz
6   Microbial Growth Chapter 6 Quiz
7   The Control of Microbial Growth Chapter 7 Quiz
8   Microbial Genetics Chapter 8 Quiz
9   Biotechnologies and Recombinant DNA Chapter 9 Quiz

Part 2 - A SURVEY OF THE MICROBIAL WORLD


Chapters Chapter Quiz
10   Classification of Microorganisms Chapter 10 Quiz
11   The Prokaryotes:   Domains Bacteria and Archaea Chapter 11 Quiz
12   The Eukaryotes:   Fungi, Algae, Protozoa, and Helminths Chapter 12 Quiz
13   Viruses, Viroids, and Prions Chapter 13 Quiz

Part 3 - INTERACTION BETWEEN MICROBE AND HOST


Chapters Chapter Quiz
14   Principles of Disease and Epidemiology Chapter 14 Quiz
15   Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity Chapter 15 Quiz
16   Innate Immunity:   Nonspecific Defenses of the Host Chapter 16 Quiz
17   Adaptive Immunity:   Specific Defenses of the Host Chapter 17 Quiz
18   Practical Applications of Immunology Chapter 18 Quiz
19   Disorders Associated with the Immune System Chapter 19 Quiz
20   Antimicrobial Drugs Chapter 20 Quiz

Part 4 - MICROORGANISMS AND HUMAN DISEASE


Chapters Chapter Quiz
21   Microbial Diseases of the Skin and Eyes Chapter 21 Quiz
22   Microbial Diseases of the Nervous System Chapter 22 Quiz
23   Microbial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems Chapter 23 Quiz
24   Microbial Diseases of the Respiratory System Chapter 24 Quiz
25   Microbial Diseases of the Digestive System Chapter 25 Quiz
26   Microbial Diseases of the Urinary and Reproductive Systems Chapter 26 Quiz

Part 5 - ENVIRONMENTAL AND APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY


Chapters Chapter Quiz
27   Environmental Microbiology Chapter 27 Quiz
28   Applied and Industrial Microbiology Chapter 28 Quiz
Final Exam


Time on Task

This course is online and your participation at home is imperative. A minimum of 8 - 10 hours per week of study time is required for covering all of the online material to achieve a passing grade. You must set up a regular study schedule. You have five months of access to your online account with a thirty-day extension at the end if needed. If you do not complete the course within this time line, you will need to enroll in a second term.

Schedule

Below is the suggested time table to follow to stay on a 17 week schedule for the course. The following schedule is the minimum number of sections that need to be completed each week if you would like to finish in a regular semester time frame. You do not have to adhere to this schedule. You have five months of access plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. You can finish the course as soon as you are able.

WeekComplete Sections
11 - 2
23 - 4
35 - 6
47 - 8
59 - 10
6Midterm
711
812 - 13
914 - 15
1016 - 17
1118 - 19
1220 - 21
1322 - 23
1424 - 25
1526 - 27
1628
17Final Exam


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Week Complete Sections
1 lab 1
2 lab 2
3 lab 3
4 lab 4
5 lab 5
6 lab 6
7 lab 7
8 lab 8
9 lab 9
10 lab 10
11 lab 11
12 lab 12
13 lab 13
14 lab 14
15 lab 15
16 lab 16
Final Exam


Code of Conduct:


Code of Ethics:

Regulations and rules are necessary to implement for classroom as well as online course behavior. Students are expected to practice honesty, integrity and respect at all times. It is the student's responsibility and duty to become acquainted with all provisions of the code below and what constitutes misconduct. Cheating is forbidden of any form will result in an F in the class.

Respectful communications:

When contacting Omega Math or Westcott Courses, you agree to be considerate and respectful. Communications from a student which are considered by our staff to be rude, insulting, disrespectful, harassing, or bullying via telephone, email, or otherwise will be considered a disrespectful communication and will result in a formal warning.

We reserve the right to refuse service. If we receive multiple disrespectful communications from person(s) representing the student, or the student themselves, the student will be excluded from taking future courses at Westcott Courses/Omega Math.

Grading information and proctored final policies:

The grading rules are put in place to protect the integrity of online education by stopping grade inflation, which is done by demanding a display of competency in exchange for a grade. By agreeing to the terms of service agreement, you agree to read the 'Grading' Policy from within your account, and the 'Proctored Final Information' page, if applicable. You have 24 hours after your first log-in to notify us if you do not agree to the grading policy and proctored final policy ( if applicable ) outlined in the pages inside of your account, otherwise it is assumed that you agree with the policies. There are no exceptions to these policies, and the pretext of not reading the pages will not be deemed as a reasonable excuse to contest the policies.

Examples of academic misconduct:

Cheating: Any form of cheating will result in an F in the class. If there is an associated college attached to the course, that college will be notified of the F due to cheating and they will determine any disciplinary action.

Any form of collaboration or use of unauthorized materials during a quiz or an exam is forbidden.

By signing up for a course, you are legally signing a contract that states that the person who is named taking this course is the actual individual doing the course work and all examinations. You also agree that for courses that require proctored testing, that your final will be taken at a college testing center, a Sylvan Learning center, and the individual signed up for this course will be the one taking the test. Failure to do so will be considered a breach of contract.

Other forms of cheating include receiving or providing un-permitted assistance on an exam or quiz; taking an exam for another student; using unauthorized materials during an exam; altering an exam and submitting it for re-grading; failing to stop working on the exam when the time is up; providing false excuses to postpone due dates; fabricating data or references, claiming that Westcott Courses/Omega Math lost your test and or quiz scores. This includes hiring someone to take the tests and quizzes for you.

Unauthorized collaboration:

Working with others on graded course work without specific permission of the instructor, including homework assignments, programs, quizzes and tests, is considered a form of cheating.

Important Notes:

This syllabus is subject to change and / or revision during the academic year. Students with documented learning disabilities should notify our office upon enrollment, as well as make sure we let the testing center know extended time is permitted. Valid documentation involves educational testing and a diagnosis from a college, licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.


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