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SECTION A – Course Information

1. Course ID:

MICR     22

Student Learning Outcomes

2. Course Title:


3. Division:

Natural Sciences Division

4. Department:

Biological Sciences Department

5. Subject:


6. Short Course Title:


7. Proposed Effective Term:

Summer 2015

The required Cover Sheet Supplemental Form can be created after completion of Section A

SECTION B – Official Course Information

1. Recommended Class Size:

a. Maximum Class Size:


Note:   If the course is new or class size of an existing course is to be changed, a Class Size Supplemental Form is required.

b. Class Size Approval Date:


Note:   Date to be entered by the Instruction Office.


2. Method of Instruction:


 Work Experience, Occupational


 Open Entry/Exit

 Lecture and Laboratory


 Independent Studies

 Distance Learning



3. Contact Hours for a Term:

Note: If not a variable unit/hour course, enter the hours in the "Low" column only. Leave the hours in the "High" column blank.






         54.00 To


To be arranged:






         54.00 To


Lab/Lecture Parity?    Yes  No

Does this course have lab parity?

If not, are you going to  apply for lab parity?                          Yes  No

To be arranged:







To be arranged:







Total Hours:    


            108 To


To be arranged:





4. Credit Units:

  4.00 To


Note: Units of credit are based on:

1 Unit of credit per eighteen (18) hours of lecture contact hours for a term

1 Unit of credit per fifty-four (54) hours of lab, activity or clinical contact hours for a term


5. Taxonomy of Programs (TOPS) Information:

a. TOPS Code and Course Program Title:

040300 - Microbiology

     b.  Course Control Number:    

(To be entered by the Instruction Office Only.)


6. SAM Priority Code: [Select One]



Courses offered to apprentices only.


Advanced Occupational

Courses taken in the advanced stages of an occupational program. Each “B” level course must have a “C” level prerequisite in the same program area.


Clearly Occupational

Courses taken in the middle stages of an occupational program. Should provide the student with entry-level job skills.


Possibly Occupational

Courses taken in the beginning stages of an occupational program.





7. Please place this course into the appropriate discipline by selecting from the drop down list. The discipline placement indicates what preparation is needed to teach the course. Discipline faculty may place their courses into more than one discipline as appropriate:

Biological Sciences

8. General Course Information

a. Course Credit Status:

D Credit Degree Applicable

b. State Transfer Code:

A Transferable, UC/CSU/Private

c. State Classification Code:

A Liberal Arts/Sciences Degrees

d. Basic Skills Status/Level:

N Not a Basic Skills Course

e. Sports/Physical Education Course:


( Only check here if the course is a physical education course.)

f. Grading Method:

Letter Grade Only

g. Number of repeats allowed:

Non-repeatable Credit - equates to 0 repeats

Note: If course is repeatable, complete the Repeatability Supplemental Form.

h. Please provide cross listed course if applicable:



9. Course Preparation

Note: If this course has any requisite, please complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for the requisite. If a requisite is being removed, please complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for removing the requisite. If a new requisite is being added, complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for the requisite.

a.   Prerequisite

CHEM 10 or CHEM 40

b.   Co requisite

c.   Advisories

BIOL 1 or BIOL 4 or BIOL 4H

d.   None


10. Course Special Designators:

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11. Course Program Status:

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 Program Applicable


 12. Funding Agency Category:

       Not Applicable

       Primarily developed using economic development funds

       Partially developed using economic development funds



SECTION C – For new transfer requests only, please complete the Transfer Status (CSU) Supplemental Form before submitting course for approval.

CSU Transferable              CSU Approval Date:                     (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for CSU Transfer Status

UC Transferable                 UC Approval Date:                      (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for UC Transfer Status

Note:  CSU Transfer Status must be obtained prior to submitting a request for UC Transfer Status to the UC Chancellor.


SECTION D - General Education Request

Mt. San Antonio College and CSU General Education course approvals are submitted to the Educational Design Committee and GE Subcommittee for approval.

1.  The Articulation Officer submits the course directly to the CSU Chancellor for approval.

2.  Upon receiving CSU approval, the course will be placed in the CSU approved area for the Mt. SAC Associate Degree GE.



Requesting approval for inclusion on Mt. SAC and CSU General Education List?

Note:   If requesting approval for inclusion on the General Education List, the General Education Course Evaluation Supplemental Form must be completed before submitting course for approval.  If request is approved, the remainder of Section D will be completed by the Instruction Office.

1. Mt SAC General Education Applicability:

    GE Approval Date :                   (mmddyyyy)

AAB2 - Life Sciences
ASB2 - Life Sciences

2. CSU General Education Applicability (Requires CSU approval):

    CSU Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

CSB2 - Life Science
CSB3 - Laboratory Activity

3. IGETC Applicability (Requires CSU/UC approval):

    IGETC Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

IG5B - Biological Science - Lecture Only
IG5C - Physical Science Combo



SECTION E - Course Content

1. Course Descriptions

a. Catalog Description:

(Write a clear, concise course description, summarizing the course content.  Include major goals of the course, scope, requirements for successfully completing the course, and any unusual aspects of the course.)

Fundamental concepts of microbiology including viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and parasitic worms.

b. Class Schedule Description:



Is a course description to be printed in the Class Schedule?

(If yes, write one or two sentences condensing the catalog description for the prospective student.  Does not require as much detail as the catalog description. Limited to 130 characters, including spaces.)

Fundamental concepts of microbiology including viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and parasitic worms.

2. Course Outline Information

In courses that include lecture and laboratory, the topical outlines should be separate and distinct, each specific and appropriate to the activities to be conducted.

a. Lecture Topical Outline:

(The lecture topical outline should provide a detailed record of the content of the course.)

- Microbial world
- Functional anatomy of prokaryotic cells
- Classification of microorganisms; domains Bacteria and Archaea
- The eukaryotes: fungi, algae, protozoa, helminths
- Viruses, viroids, prions
- Microbial metabolism
- Microbial growth
- Control of microbial growth: physical and chemical methods
- Antimicrobial drugs
- Microbial genetics, biotechnology, and recombinant DNA
- Principles of disease and epidemiology
- Microbial mechanisms of pathogenicity
- Microorganisms and human disease (microbial diseases of the skin, eyes, nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems)
- Innate immunity: nonspecific defenses of the host
- Adaptive immunity: specific defenses of the host
- Practical applications of immunology; disorders associated with the immune system
- Final exam

b. Lab Topical Outline:

(The lab topical outline should reflect the activities in lab.)

- Demonstrating lab safety and working with pathogen groups
- Using the microscope and introducing bacteria, metric system calculations
- Performing aseptic techniques, handling media and cultures; culturing the environment and their hands
- Conducting simple staining
- Observing fungi
- Observing protozoa
- Observing parasitic worms and arthropods
- Using Gram staining techniques
- Using Acid-fast and spore staining techniques
- Staining of unknowns
- Participating in a simulated epidemic
- Performing the Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
- Using pure culture techniques with streak and pour plating
- Isolating "unknowns" on specialized media
- Identifying bacterial pathogens using the API 20 E System; experimenting with metabolic activities of bacteria
- Using a key to identify "unknown pathogens"
- Controlling microbial growth using physical and chemical methods: performing antimicrobial susceptibility testing
- Testing heat, cold, drying, radiant energies for microbial control
- Evaluating antibacterial products (antiseptics and disinfectants)
- Performing genetic transformation of E. coli using pGLO plasmid
- Identifying microbes in water and milk samples
- Lab final exam: Pathogen test identifying pathogens and their diseases in 20 case histories

3. Course Measurable Objectives:

(Measurable course objectives should identify expected outcomes: specific, observable student actions – what the student should be able to do, know or feel as a result of taking this course.  A majority of objectives should reflect critical thinking, i.e. application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.  Course objectives should relate directly to methods of evaluation)

Provide a minimum of five (5) course measurable objectives:

1. Explain the basic features of every group of microorganisms.
2. Describe the physiology and genetic processes of microorganisms.
3. Apply physical and chemical methods of controlling microorganisms.
4. Explain the dynamics of host-parasite interaction.
5. Diagnose specific diseases on the basis of symptoms and laboratory test results.
6. Perform basic microbiology lab procedures using appropriate PPE required for this laboratory course.
7. Demonstrate safe handling and proper hazardous waste disposal procedures for microorganisms and chemicals used.
8. Analyze, using student's own experimental design, effective hand washing.
9. Demonstrate how to properly use the compound light microscope, as well as know its parts, their functions, and how to safely transport and clean it.
10. Perform aseptic transfer techniques and interpretations of laboratory results.
11. Demonstrate proper and complete labeling of bacterial cultures and accurate recording of observations in the lab manual.

4. Course Methods of Evaluation:

(Methods of evaluation should relate directly to measurable course objectives.  They indicate the kind of assignments or performance activities designed for a course to assess student learning.  Each course must list either substantial writing assignments (category 1) OR computational / non-computational problem solving demonstrations (category 2) if writing assignments are inappropriate (with an explanation of why substantial writing is not appropriate for the course).  Activities typically assigned in categories 3 and 4 must also be listed in this section.)

Category 1. Substantial written assignments for this course include:

Critical essays on each unit exam
Seven to ten page laboratory report(s) concerning critical thinking of experimental procedures, results, discussions, conclusions and recommendations
Written weekly laboratory exercises on experiments performed
A semester long research project of 69 pathogens and the diseases they cause, summarize data in full page written reports

If the course is degree applicable, substantial written assignments in this course are inappropriate because:

Category 2. Computational or non-computational problem solving demonstrations:

Metric system calculations (both lecture exams and lab quizzes)
Computations of microbial population growth curves
Construction of data graphs
CFU/ml computations using serial dilutions and bacterial colony counting
Case studies (both lecture and lab)

Category 3. Skills Demonstrations:

Use of microscope and other scientific equipment in conducting lab exercises
Peer demonstrations of aseptic techniques in the microbiological laboratory
Accurate interpretations of data and constructing graphs
Staining unknown bacteria to determine morphological characteristics
Performing experimentation to purify mixed cultures and identify unknowns on specialized media

Category 4. Objective Examinations:

Multiple choice questions using technical vocabulary in microbiology
Completion of labeled diagrams of microbial cells
Constructing charts and short answers of the characteristics of bacteria, protozoa, fungi, parasitic worms and viruses
Matching items on prokaryotic vs. eukaryotic cell structures
Short answer questions on diagnosing microbial diseases

5. Sample Assignments:

(Assignments should be directly related to the objectives of the course.  They should be specific enough to provide real guidance to faculty and clear expectations for students.  Descriptions of the type or examples of assignments are required.  For example, rather than “term paper” state “term paper comparing and contrasting the social aspects of hunting tactics of two mammal species.”  This section must establish that the work is demanding enough in rigor and independence to fulfill the credit level specified.  The nature of the assignments must clearly demand critical thinking.  Assignments should be adequate to assure that students who successfully complete them can meet the objectives of the course.  Appropriate out-of-class work is required for credit courses.)

Provide a minimum of three (3) sample assignments:

1. Complete a three page written lab assignment describing the techniques used to grow a given bacterium on different types of culture media.
2. Write a one page essay comparing and contrasting prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
3. Diagram and label the various parts of a bacterial cell.
4. Construct a table comparing the cell walls, metabolism, modes of nutrition, and general cell structures of fungi, protozoans, parasitic worms, and bacteria.
5. Draw a picture of a generalized cell membrane and describe how various chemicals move across it.
6. List at least three arguments for and against the position that viruses are alive.


6. Representative Text:

(List EXAMPLES of textbooks and other data sources and materials, which may be used in this course.  Provide author, title, publisher, date of publication, and edition.)

If the course is requested to be or is CSU transferable, provide at least one (1) representative text that has been published within the last five (5) years.  A representative text is optional for a non-transferable course.

a. Book 1:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:


  Tortora, Gerald; Berdell Funke, and Christine Case


  Microbiology: An Introduction


  Benjamin Cummings

Date of Publication:




b. Book 2:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:







Date of Publication:




c. Book 3:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:







Date of Publication: