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Course : Fundamental Clinical Microbiology Sp24

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Spring 2024
Bolin Hall, 213
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, May 06, 2024 8:00 am - 10:00 am
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  • Compare and contrast the cellular structures of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
  • Describe how specific cellular structures carry out processes such as motility, nutrient transport, energy production and reproduction
  • Describe how microbial cell structures and processes can be the targets of antimicrobial agents, and explain how these relate to therapeutic decisions
  • Explain the importance of aseptic technique in patient care
  • Explain the impact of human activity on microbial evolution, and describe the mechanisms by which genetic information is modified and transferred between microorganisms
  • Contrast the lifecycles of bacteria, eukaryotic microbes and viruses
  • Describe the environmental factors that affect microbial growth, and relate these factors to the environment of the human host and growth in laboratory culture
  • Explain the various relationships that exist between microbes and the human host, and how both microbial and host factors influence development of disease
  • Explain the factors important in microscopy and how each is optimized or controlled
  • Relate microbial biology to means of identification, classification and host defense mechanisms
  • Describe how microbial genetic information flows and is shared
  • Contrast the prokaryotic and eukaryotic pathways of carbohydrate catabolism

Required Materials:

Microbiology: with Diseases by Body System by RW Bauman. 5th Edition. Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2018. ISBN 9780134477206 (through D2L)

Access to: Mastering Microbiology ( (through D2L)

eBook and Mastering Microbiology assignments are available directly in D2L as part of the Courseware Access and Affordability Program

Enrollment in Labster: Simulations for laboratory preparation; access code available through the MSU Bookstore; Labster simulations are accessed through D2L


Each student is required to complete all exams, reading assignments, lecture homework assignments, and laboratory assignments.

There will be three midterm exams worth 90 points each and a cumulative final exam worth 180 points.

Online assignments over the reading for the section being covered will be worth 100 points total.

The laboratory portion comprises 40% of the total course grade.

Students are required to understand and follow all laboratory safety guidelines and policies.

Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled. Although in general students are graded on intellectual effort and performance rather than attendance, absences may lower the student’s grade where class attendance and class participation are deemed essential by the faculty member. In those classes where attendance is considered as part of the grade, the instructor should so inform students of the specifics in writing at the beginning of the semester in a syllabus or separate attendance policy statement. An instructor who has an attendance policy must keep records on a daily basis. The instructor must give the student a verbal or written warning prior to being dropped from the class. Instructor’s records will stand as evidence of absences. A student with excessive absences may be dropped from a course by the instructor. Any individual faculty member or college has the authority to establish an attendance policy, providing the policy is in accordance with the General University Policies. [MSU Student Handbook, p. 27]

Absences will be excused for:

  1. Death of an immediate family member.  An immediate family member is considered to be a grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse, in-law, aunt, uncle, or child.
  2. Summons to appear in court or jury duty. A copy of the summons is required.
  3. Call to military service.  A copy of your orders to report is required.
  4. University sponsored event. Members of athletic teams, college bowl participants, etc. will be excused with proper notification.
  5. Debilitating illness or disability.Illnesses will be addressed on an individual basis. If a student is affected by an illness that is not debilitating, (i.e. flu, virus infection) which may result in the student missing one or more consecutive class sessions, that student will be marked as unexcused for the amount of days missed unless a doctor’s note is provided.

ROUTINE APPOINTMENTS, medical or otherwise, AND VACATION TRAVEL ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE Reasons for excused absences

Students who feel ill (esp. with symptoms of COVID-19) should stay home and isolate themselves. Notify the instructor immediately.

It is the responsibility of the student to obtain notes or other information covered in class during an absence.

Three unexcused absences from laboratory sessions will result in failure (receiving 0 points) for the laboratory portion of the course.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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