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Intended for biology students and allied health majors. Focuses on disease states, bacteria, viruses, fungi, rickettsiae and other pathogenic organisms. Topics will include problems of sterilization, infections, resistance, diagnostic testing and immunization.


Course Description

Required Text

Please ensure that you have the correct text(s) for this learning system.

Microbiology: An Introduction, by: Gerald J. Tortora, Berdell R. Funke, and Christine L. Case, eds. (Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 11th edition, 2013).

Study Guide to Accompany Microbiology, Custom Edition for Innovative Academic Solutions, Pearson Custom Publishing

Course Description

Intended for biology students and allied health majors. Focuses on disease states, bacteria, viruses, fungi, rickettsiae and other pathogenic organisms. Topics will include problems of sterilization, infections, resistance, diagnostic testing and immunization.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this learning system, the nursing student will be able to:
1.  To give a systematic description of the discipline of microbiology including the internal disciplines as well as the relationship of microbiology to other natural sciences.

2.  To give examples of how the scientific knowledge gained through microbiological sciences affects humans individually as well as collectively.

3.  To recognize the appropriate application of the scientific method in the field of microbiology and distinguish between instances where the scientific method is being utilized from instances in which the scientific method is not being utilized.

4.  To identify variation in the application of the scientific method in microbiology and list the major advances in microbiological methods as well as distinguish conceptually between major categories of microbiological methods such as those based on genotypes (DNA based) or phenotypes (physiological or serological).

5.  To describe the relationship of symbiosis to microbiology and human disease as measured by 1. the ability distinguish between the three major types of symbiosis and 2. description of  the interrelationships between organisms that lead to disease, disease resistance and organismal variation.

6.  To utilize logical reasoning and critical thinking skills in analyzing microbiological problems.

7.  To list major agents of human disease using binomial nomenclature and describe the phylogenetic relationships between disease-causing organisms.

8.  To give examples of the biological and chemical characteristics of microbes as they relate to systematics, clinical diagnosis, pathogenesis, survival, reproduction and other major facets of microbial existence.

9.  To give examples of environmental factors, including growth media, antimicrobial substances and nutrients that influence the biology of microorganisms.

10.  To describe the temporal and spatial distribution of microorganisms in humans, animals, food, and geological substrates and describe how this relates to human disease.


Tentative Schedule

To be most successful in this online learning system and on the standardized exam associated with the content, follow the Overall Learning Schedule found in the Start Here folder under the Content & Lessons Tab.  Print the outline and follow it carefully as you progress through your coursework, ensuring that you complete all assignments and activities as indicated.

After finishing your studies of the content, utilize the schedule and resources found in the Tips for Success on the Test folder provided to assist you with being as successful as possible on the standardized exam associated with this learning system.



Grading Policy

Grading Policy

This study system consists of the following graded activities:

Assignment % of Overall Grade Average Purpose
Crossword Puzzles 15% Provide additional practice with each module’s key terms.
Interactive Content Quizzes 15% Provide additional practice with each module’s content.
Post Assessments 30% Demonstrate how much you have learned and which areas, if any, require more attention.
Cumulative Final Exam 40% Gauges your readiness for success on the standardized exam.

This preparatory online course is about gaining proficiency in the subject matter, not about getting a grade. After each assignment, use the grading scale below as your guide to potential success on the standardized exam associated with this learning system.

Grade What this means:
100 – 90% Outstanding work. Learner is well-prepared for standardized exam.
  89 – 80% Proficient work. More study would guarantee testing success.
  79 – 70% Meeting minimum expectations. More study is necessary prior to testing.
  69 – 60% Below minimum requirements. A significant amount of work is needed prior to testing.
59% or below Unacceptable work. A significant amount of work is needed prior to testing.

This online learning system includes a Cumulative Final Examination designed to exactly match the associated standardized exam in number of questions, format of the exam, and content percentage focus.  If you do not score at least an 85% on the Final Exam, please dedicate more study time to the content prior to testing.

Attendance Policy

To get the most out of this online learning system, frequent attendance is necessary.  Although there is not a requirement on the number of hours and days you must actively participate in this online learning system, it is recommended that you log in a minimum of three days each week.  There is no time limit for how long you should be logged in; however, the more time you spend actively using the study materials, the better your chances for success on the standardized exam!

Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty of any type, including cheating and plagiarism, is unacceptable in any learning course. Learners who are unclear as to what constitutes cheating and plagiarism should immediately contact the course provider for guidance.

Cheating is the use or attempted use of fraud, deception, or misrepresentation in any academic exercise. The following are examples of cheating, but not an exhaustive list:

1.         Use of unauthorized notes or material during an exam

2.         Exchanging information with another student during an exam

3.         Having another student take an exam for you

Plagiarism is the representation of another person’s work, words or ideas as your own.  Some rules to follow in avoiding plagiarism:

1.       Place any direct phrase from a source in quotation marks and note it at the bottom of the page (a footnote) or at the end of the statement/phrase (an endnote).

2.       Use a footnote (or endnote) when paraphrasing a source’s idea or citing data and other facts which are not common knowledge.

3.      Take clear notes to keep your own thoughts apart from those you acquire during your reading so that you do not inadvertently submit the words or ideas of others as your own.


It is not acceptable to falsify the data upon which you base your ideas or to present the ideas of others as your own, intentionally or unintentionally. To avoid such problems, be sure to give credit to any information that comes from an outside source such as a book, an article, or a website. In the event that academic dishonesty does occur, it may result in penalties of admonition, warning, or expulsion from the online learning system.


Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) has given us permission to include the link to their Online Writing Lab for tips on how to avoid plagiarism: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/03/ (Links to an external site.). The OWL is also a great resource for many topics related to college writing.


Disability Policy

You may contact your Academic Advisor if you wish to discuss any personal issues which impact your ability to participate in the online learning system. If you need specific adaptation or accommodations because of a disability, or if you have medical information you wish to share, please contact Academic Services by email as soon as possible. We will accommodate all individuals who cannot participate in this course in the traditional manner due to a disability.

Additional Information


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