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BIOL 325: Introductory Microbiology
Course Outline

The purpose of the Study Guide is to help you to learn the specific concepts of the course, as outlined in objectives within each lesson. The fifteen Study Guide units are listed below; each one covers one or more textbook chapters.

Unit 1: Introduction to Microbiology
Lesson 1 The Microbial World and You
Lesson 2 Historical Overview of Microbiology
Lesson 3 Introduction to Microbiological Principles
Lesson 4 Introduction to Applications
Unit 2: Microbial Anatomy
Lesson 1 Principles of Microscopy
Lesson 2 Preparing Specimens for Light Microscopy
Lesson 3 The Prokaryotic Cell—External Structures
Lesson 4 The Prokaryotic Cell—Internal Structures
Lesson 5 The Eukaryotic Cell
Unit 3: Microbial Biochemistry
Lesson 1 Review of Chemistry
Lesson 2 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
Lesson 3 Microbial Metabolism
Lesson 4 Microbial Energy Transformation and Biochemical Pathways
Lesson 5 Patterns of Microbial Nutrition
Unit 4: Microbial Growth
Lesson 1 Requirements for Growth
Lesson 2 Culture Media
Lesson 3 Growth of Bacterial Cultures
Lesson 4 Enumeration of Microbial Numbers
Lesson 5 Controlling Microbial Growth
Lesson 6 Actions of Microbial Agents
Lesson 7 Physical Methods of Control
Lesson 8 Chemical Methods of Control
Unit 5: Microbial Genetics
Lesson 1 DNA and Chromosomes
Lesson 2 DNA Replication
Lesson 3 RNA and Protein Synthesis
Lesson 4 Gene Expression in Bacteria
Lesson 5 Mutation
Lesson 6 Genetic Transfer and Recombination
Unit 6: Classification of Microorganisms
Lesson 1 Phylogeny
Lesson 2 Classification of Microorganisms
Lesson 3 Classification Techniques
Unit 7: The Prokaryotes: Domains Bacteria and Archaea
Lesson 1 The α-Proteobacteria
Lesson 2 The β-Proteobacteria
Lesson 3 The γ-Proteobacteria
Lesson 4 The δ-Proteobacteria
Lesson 5 The ε-Proteobacteria
Lesson 6 Purple and Green Photosynthetic Bacteria
Lesson 7 The Nonproteobacteria Gram-Negative Bacteria
Lesson 8 The Gram-Positive Bacteria with Low G+C Ratio
Lesson 9 The Gram-Positive Bacteria with High G+C Ratio
Lesson 10 Domain Archaea
Unit 8: The Eukaryotes: Fungi, Algae, Protozoa and Arthropods
Lesson 1 Characteristics of Fungi
Lesson 2 Medically Important Phyla of Fungi
Lesson 3 Medical and Economic Effects of Fungi
Lesson 4 Characteristics of Algae
Lesson 5 Lichens and Slime Molds
Lesson 6 Protozoa
Lesson 7 Arthropods
Unit 9: Viruses, Viroids and Prions
Lesson 1 Characteristics of Viruses
Lesson 2 Viral Taxonomy
Lesson 3 Isolation and Identification of Viruses
Lesson 4 Viral Multiplication
Lesson 5 Viruses and Cancer
Lesson 6 Acellular Infectious Agents
Unit 10: Diseases and Epidemiology
Lesson 1 Principles of Disease
Lesson 2 Etiology of Infectious Diseases
Lesson 3 Classification, Transmission and Patterns of Infection
Lesson 4 Nosocomial Infections
Lesson 5 Epidemiology
Unit 11: Pathogenicity
Lesson 1 Entry
Lesson 2 Bacterial Pathogenicity
Lesson 3 The Pathogenic Role of Plasmids
Lesson 4 Viruses, Fungi and Protozoa
Unit 12: Immunology
Lesson 1 Nonspecific Defence Mechanisms
Lesson 2 Inflammation and Fever
Lesson 3 Complement and Interferon
Lesson 4 Specific Defence Mechanisms
Lesson 5 Antigens and Antibodies
Lesson 6 B-cell Immunity
Lesson 7 T-cell Immunity
Lesson 8 Hypersensitivity Reactions
Lesson 9 Autoimmunity
Lesson 10 Immune Deficiencies
Unit 13: Medical Microbiology
Lesson 1 Microbial Diseases of the Skin and Eyes
Lesson 2 Microbial Diseases of the Nervous System
Lesson 3 Microbial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
Lesson 4 Microbial Diseases of the Respiratory System
Lesson 5 Microbial Diseases of the Digestive System
Lesson 6 Microbial Diseases of the Urinary and Reproductive Systems
Unit 14: Environmental Microbiology
Lesson 1 Metabolic Diversity
Lesson 2 Soil Microbiology and Biogeochemical Cycles
Lesson 3 Degradation of Synthetic Chemicals in Soil and Water
Lesson 4 Aquatic Microbiology and Sewage Treatment
Unit 15: Microbiological Applications
Lesson 1 Food Microbiology
Lesson 2 Industrial Microbiology
Lesson 3 Monoclonal Antibody Production
Lesson 4 Vaccine Production
Lesson 5 Antibiotics
Lesson 6 Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology

Updated December 11 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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