Course

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(s) Of Instruction
Lecture
Lab
Course Designation
None
Industry Designation
None
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
This course is 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, immunology, epidemiology, 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-positive and gram-negative 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.
Learning Activities

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 the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Class tests and assignments   20-30%
Laboratory   20-30%
Term exam(s)   20-40%
Final exam   20-40%
Total   100%
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, successful 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. Identify and 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
  5. Describe the principles involved in the control of bacterial growth.
  6. Describe the structure of viruses, viral replication and explain the role of viruses in disease.
  7. Explain the difference between innate and acquired immunity to disease in humans and the effects of humoral and cell-mediated responses.
  8. Describe the mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis.
  9. 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.
  10. Explain the basis of the development of bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents.
  11. 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 (current edition), or a comparable current microbiology textbook such as Tortora, Funke, Case, and Weber, Microbiology: An Introduction (current edition).  Pearson.

Requisites

Prerequisites

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

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

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

No equivalent 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

These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca

Institution Transfer Details for BIOL 2401
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO BIOL 1XX (3)
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU BIOL 2XX (3)
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) CMTN BIOL 133 (3)
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC BIO 105 (3)
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR BIOL 2XX (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU BIOL 2330 (4)
Langara College (LANG) LANG BIOL 2XXX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BISC 2XX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BIOL 2XXX (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU BIOL 2XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO BIOL 2nd (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV MICB 2nd (4)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC HHSC 110 (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV BIO 2XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MICR 1XX (1.5)
Vancouver Community College (VCC) VCC BIOL 2XXX (3)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU BIOL 1st (3)

Course Offerings

Fall 2022

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
33373
Wed Fri
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Viveiros
Instructor First Name
Ryan
Course Status
Open
Section Notes

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
Max Seats Count
14
Actual Seats Count
12
2
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed Fri
Building
Coquitlam - Bldg. D
Room
D1026
Start Time
8:30
-
End Time
10:20
Wed
Building
Coquitlam - Bldg. A
Room
A2163
Start Time
10:30
-
End Time
12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
34400
Wed Fri
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Viveiros
Instructor First Name
Ryan
Course Status
Open
Section Notes

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
Max Seats Count
14
Actual Seats Count
5
9
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed Fri
Building
Coquitlam - Bldg. D
Room
D1026
Start Time
8:30
-
End Time
10:20
Wed
Building
Coquitlam - Bldg. A
Room
A2163
Start Time
14:30
-
End Time
16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
34680
Thu Mon Wed
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Lee
Instructor First Name
Weissy
Course Status
Full
Section Notes

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
Max Seats Count
14
Actual Seats Count
14
0
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Thu
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3712
Start Time
10:30
-
End Time
12:20
Mon Wed
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3825
Start Time
12:30
-
End Time
14:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
34681
Mon Wed Thu
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Lee
Instructor First Name
Weissy
Course Status
Full
Section Notes

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
Max Seats Count
14
Actual Seats Count
14
0
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon Wed
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3825
Start Time
12:30
-
End Time
14:20
Thu
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3712
Start Time
14:30
-
End Time
16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
34976
Fri Mon Wed
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Tautorus
Instructor First Name
Cheryl
Course Status
Waitlist
Section Notes

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
Max Seats Count
14
Actual Seats Count
14
0
Actual Wait Count
1
Days
Building
Room
Time
Fri
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3712
Start Time
10:30
-
End Time
12:20
Mon Wed
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3825
Start Time
14:30
-
End Time
16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
34977
Fri Mon Wed
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Tautorus
Instructor First Name
Cheryl
Course Status
Waitlist
Section Notes

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
Max Seats Count
14
Actual Seats Count
14
0
Actual Wait Count
1
Days
Building
Room
Time
Fri
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3712
Start Time
13:30
-
End Time
15:20
Mon Wed
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3825
Start Time
14:30
-
End Time
16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
34978
Tue Thu Wed
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Lee
Instructor First Name
Weissy
Course Status
Open
Section Notes

BIOL 2401 009 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
Max Seats Count
14
Actual Seats Count
13
1
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3902
Start Time
8:30
-
End Time
10:20
Wed
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3712
Start Time
10:30
-
End Time
12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
34979
Tue Thu Wed
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Lee
Instructor First Name
Weissy
Course Status
Open
Section Notes

BIOL 2401 010 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
Max Seats Count
14
Actual Seats Count
13
1
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3902
Start Time
8:30
-
End Time
10:20
Wed
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3712
Start Time
14:30
-
End Time
16:20