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University of Vermont
Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences
(802) 656-3811, www.uvm.edu/mlrs

MLRS 54, PRINCIPLES OF MICROBIOLOGY
COURSE SYLLABUS SUMMER 2008
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Lectures dealing with the structure, physiology, and control of microorganisms, in particular those of medical
importance. Credits: 3.
LECTURE SCHEDULED DAYS & TIMES
Section Z1: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00-6:00 pm, Hills 234
COURSE INSTRUCTOR
Rebecca Guy, PhD
Contact via email: Rebecca.Guy@uvm.edu
REQUIRED TEXT
Foundations in Microbiology, Talaro (6th edition)
WebCT
This course utilizes WebCT. All lectures and course material are available online.
COURSE OBJECTIVES & GOALS

The general aim of this course is to provide the student with a strong foundation in the structure and function of procaryotes, eucaryotes, and viruses. The course will also cover mechanisms important for bacterial growth and replication. The course also introduces the student to the microbiology laboratory and provides a base in procedures and techniques for the safe culture and identification of microorganisms.

Upon completion the student should be able to:
1.Compare and contrast the basic structure and biochemistry of procaryotes, eucaryotic
microorganisms, and viruses.
2.Outline and compare the metabolic pathways of the various classes of microorganisms.
3.Describe the genetic organization of procaryotes, eucaryotic microorganisms, and viruses and
their replicative cycles.

4.Describe the growth requirements of microorganisms.
5.Identify and describe the most common human pathogens and the diseases which they cause.
6.Demonstrate a proficiency in basic microbiological laboratory techniques.

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GRADING
The course grade will be determined as follows:
Participation (MMWR discussions):
5%
Quizzes (daily):
15%
Assignments (weekly):
20%
Midterm Exams (2):
40%
Final exam:
20%
GRADING SCALE
The following numerical scale will be used to assign letter grades.
90-92 A-
93-96 A
97-100 A+
80-82 B-
83-86 B
87-89 B+
70-72 C-
73-76 C
77-79 C+
60-62 D-
63-66 D
67-69 D+
<60
F
EXAMS

There will be 2 midterm exams and a final exam as scheduled. The exams will include different types of questions, e.g., multiple choice, true/false, matching, and short answer. Makeup exams will not be given for unexcused absences.

ACADEMIC HONESTY

Honesty is taken very seriously in this course. Cheating, plagiarism, falsifying laboratory results and
any other form of dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in grading penalties up to and including
failure of the course. See The Cat\u2019s Tale for more information.

COURSE EVALUATION
A mandatory, anonymous, on-line course evaluation must be completed by each student at the end of
the course before grades are submitted.
REASONABLE ACCOMODATIONS FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES

In keeping with University policy, any student with a disability who needs academic/classroom
accommodations should contact ACCESS. ACCESS coordinates reasonable accommodations for
students with documented disabilities. They are located at A170 Living/Learning Center, and can be
reached by phone 802-656-7753, or by e-mail access@uvm.edu. Visit their website
http://www.uvm.edu/access.

RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS

Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. You must submit in writing to the
instructor by the end of the second full week of classes your documented religious holiday schedule
for the semester. Students who miss class work for the purpose of religious observance will be
allowed to make up the work in keeping with University policy.

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LECTURE SCHEDULE*
* Lecture topics and related readings are subject to change. Schedule will be updated on WebCT as
necessary.
WEEK
DATE
TOPIC
Chapters
1
WED 5/28/08
Introduction
Chemistry and Bacterial Cell Structure
1, 2, 4
2
MON 6/2/08
Bacterial Classification
Microbial Metabolism
4, 7, 8
WED 6/4/08
Antimicrobial Drugs
Host-Microbe Interactions
11, 12, 13
3
MON 6/9/08
Host Immunity
Vaccination
14, 15
WED 6/11/08
MIDTERM 1 (Covers 5/27-6/4) (1 hour)
Pyogenic cocci
1, 2, 4, 7, 8,
11-13
18
4
MON 6/16/08
Gram positive bacilli and Mycobacterium
Enteric Gram \u2013ve Bacilli
19, 20, 21
WED 6/18/08
Non-enteric Gram \u2013ve bacilli
Chlamydia/Spirochetes/Mycoplasma
20, 21
5
MON 6/23/08
Protozoans
Protozoans and Disease
5, 23
WED 6/25/08
MIDTERM 2 (Covers 6/9-6/18) (1 hour)
Helminths
Helminths and Disease
14, 15, 18-21
5, 23
6
MON 6/30/08
Mycology
Fungal Diseases
5, 22
WED 7/2/08
Virology I
Virology II
6, 24, 25
7
MON 7/7/08
Viral Disease I
Viral Disease II
6, 24, 25
WED 7/9/08
Final Exam (Covers 6/23-7/7) (2 hours)
5, 6, 22-25
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