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BIOL 305 General Microbiology Joshua J. Steffan Dickinson State University
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Background Previous Offering: BIOL 302 Microbiology and BIOL 302L Microbiology Lab • 3+1 Credit (3 hrs lecture; 2 hrs laboratory per week) • Separate course grades • Served: Environmental Health and Nursing Majors; Biology (elective) • Inherent lab problem: students must return (out of the normal class time) to view/analyze results)…often without instructor present • Other challenges: Nursing majors did not take any basic biology course before enrolling in Microbiology • Nursing majors need to have basic biology introduction (2-3 weeks) • Looking for different things out of a Microbiology course • Hospital/clinic settings vs. environmental vs. public heath vs. research
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Goal of Sumer Fellowship • Create a new Course: BIOL 305; General Microbiology • Intended for Biology and Environmental Health Majors • Splits the “Science” majors from the “Nursing” majors • Modify content and focus on areas most desirable per career goals • 2 semesters of Biology Pre-Req. • Eliminates the need to cover basic biological principles • Cover more material
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Course Design • BIOL 305; 4 credits • Lecture and Lab are one grade • If the student fails, they retake both…intricately related • Unique scheduling, allowing for instructor to be present after microorganisms grow for 24-48 hours • 50 minute lectures MWF • 2 hr lab on Tuesday • 1 hr lab on Thursday • This extra laboratory hour, allows class to analyze and discuss results from Tuesday’s lab • Students are in the class each day of the week • Students tend to keep up with material better (continuity)
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Course Themes (Lecture & Lab) • Bacterial and Viral Structure/Anatomy • Bacterial Genetics • Microbial Growth, Growth Control, and Antibiotics • Bacterial Metabolism • Bacterial Replication • Environmental Microbiology • Food Microbiology • Pathogenicity & Infection • Epidemiology • Veterinary Microbiology • Virus, Prion, and Bacterial Diseases • Biotechnology • Astromicrobiology Unique to BIOL 305
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Results • New course was approved and offered Fall Semester 2014 • 12 Students • Required for only three students (Environmental Health Majors) • Taken as an Elective for other nine students • Biology curriculum now requires BIOL 305 for Biology Majors starting in Fall 2014 catalog
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