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Biology 103: Microbiology
30 hours (12 weeks).
December 2013 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze the structure, function, physiology and metabolism of bacteria and viruses; differentiate between bacterial infection, viral infection and disease; categorize the types of viruses and explain how they replicate; analyze diseases caused by DNA viruses, RNA viruses and protozoa; identify and define food-borne illnesses and bacterial infections of the gastrointestinal tract; outline the causes and symptoms of sexually transmitted bacterial diseases; identify the types of bacterial skin, wound and respiratory infections; and apply basic immunology to model the body's defenses against pathogens.
Course materials are presented via audio visual materials. Major topics include: microbiology basics; biology of bacteria; the disease process; introduction to viruses; DNA viruses; RNA viruses; diseases caused by protozoa; fungal infections; foodborne diseases and bacterial infections of the gastrointestinal tract; sexually transmitted bacterial diseases; blood-borne bacterial diseases; bacterial diseases of the respiratory tract; bacterial wound and skin infections; principles of immunology; and antimicrobial drugs.
In the associate/certificate degree category, 3 semester hours in Biology or Science (12/16).