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Denise Lim

BIO 6 Microbiology

Course Description:

            Biology 6 is an introductory microbiology course that covers the cell structure, growth, metabolism, genetics, and control of microorganisms. The history of microbiology and the role of microorganisms in disease causation and transmission are also covered. While all microorganisms are introduced in this course, the emphasis will be on the bacteria. The laboratory exercises demonstrate the appropriate methods for handling, transferring, culturing and identifying bacteria.

Fall 2018
Lecture: TTh
6:00 pm - 7:20 pm
Room 609


Laboratory Section Day Time Room
Section 3 T Th 4:30 pm - 5:50 pm Rm 627
Section 4 T Th 7:40 pm - 9:00 pm Rm 627

Required Texts:     

                           1.   Talero, K.P., B. Chess (2018). FOUNDATIONS IN MICROBIOLOGY, 10thed., McGraw-Hill Education. Available at the Cabrillo College Bookstore for $141.45. The access code to CONNECT is not necessary this semester, although its resources may be very helpful to you. 

                           2.      Bio6 Lecture Notes - Denise Lim. Download them from Canvas.

                           3.     Leboffe, M.J. & B.E. Pierce, 2016.  MICROBIOLOGY: LABORATORY THEORY AND APPLICATION, 4th. ed., Customized for Cabrillo College, ISBN: 9781617316654, Morton Publishing Company. This customized version is available only at the Cabrillo College Bookstore for $38.10.

    Prerequisites:      This requirement can be satisfied with CHEM 30A, CHEM 32, CHEM 3 + 3L (formerly CHEM 2) or CHEM 1A passed with a grade "C" or better.

     Recomm. Prep:      Bio 4, English 100, and Reading 100


Learner Outcomes (At the end of the semester, you should be able to…):
1.     Apply the principles of modern laboratory technology such as aseptic technique, standard laboratory procedures used to identify a bacterial culture, conditions that affect the growth and control of microbial life forms, and molecular biology.
2.     Analyze the impact of diverse microbial life forms on human activity, especially in the context of health and disease.

 1.    Apply symbolic language of chemistry to biological principles and systems.
 2.    Describe the atomic structure and biological function of the organic molecules in biological systems in general and apply these concepts to microbial organisms in particular.
 3.    Explain the effect of simple solutions, especially acids, bases, and hypo- and hyperosmotic solutions on microbial organisms.
 4.    Compare the cell structure and metabolism of bacteria with that of eukaryotic microorganisms.
 5.    Explain the methods whereby genetic transfer occurs in bacteria.
 6.    Distinguish between non-specific and specific resistance mechanisms as they pertain to microbes.
 7.    Identify and describe the symptoms of selected diseases caused by microorganisms.
 8.    Explain and analyze the beneficial roles of microorganisms in food and industrial microbiology.
 9.    Analyze data, make observations, and interpret results of microscopic and biochemical analysis of bacteria through the performance of laboratory exercises.
 10.  Demonstrate skill and facility in the safe and aseptic handling of microorganisms in a laboratory setting.
 11.  Prepare stained bacterial specimens for observation with the light microscope.
 12.  Deduce the identity of an unknown bacterial culture through the application of laboratory techniques, including microscopy and biochemical analysis.
 13.  Research microbiology literature, summarize and evaluate the author's ideas, and prepare a written report on the characteristics of the unknown bacterial culture.
 14.  Read microbiology journal articles and identify the main points in well-organized written reports that draw reasonable conclusions from specific evidence.
 15.  Prepare reports free of most distracting errors in syntax and mechanics.
 16.  Approach lecture, lab and assigned texts with successful reading, writing, and study skills.
 17.  Apply effective study skills in mastery of course content.
 18.  Read and analyze data, interpret results, and develop reports on these data.


      There will be a total of four lecture exams. Exams will be multiple choice, with each question having only one correct answer. The orange Parscore Scantron answer sheet and a #2 pencil will be needed for all lecture exams. These are available at the Cabrillo College Bookstore. You will need to make up a four-digit code number for identification purposes. Please make sure that you remember it!  


Lecture exams will be based on lectures and textbook readings as outlined in the Study Guide. Each exam, including the last exam, will be a unit exam.  The last exam will not be comprehensive. Lecture exam scores will be averaged based on percentage, not raw score.

      If you miss a lecture exam due to extenuating circumstances (such as car wrecks, hospitalization, death in the family), you must contact me within 24 hours to arrange a make-up. If you do not contact me, you will receive a zero. Vacation plans are NOT extenuating circumstances!

Lecture Exams


Laboratory Exams


To calculate your total grade, use the following equation:

(lecture average% X .65) + (lab average% X .35) = Course total%


Grading criteria for the Laboratory portion of the class is described in the lab syllabus.

Final grades will be based on a modified curve. You are guaranteed at least the following percent scale:





90 - 100


80 - 89


70 - 79


60 - 69


Below 60

There is no extra credit. Cheating and plagiarism will result in immediate dismissal from the course with a failing grade of F.

Class Etiquette:

            For the sake of your fellow students, be attentive and quiet until the class is over. Please observe courteous classroom etiquette at all times. Turn OFF all cell phones during class. If your phone goes off in class, you will be required to stand up, introduce yourself, and apologize to the rest of the class.


Students are expected to attend all lectures and laboratories and to be on time for them. Laboratory attendance is mandatory. If a lab class is missed in the first two weeks of the semester, you will automatically be dropped from the roster.

If, due to an emergency, you are unable to attend class, it is your responsibility to obtain the information you missed from another student. Going on a vacation is not an emergency, and such an absence is unexcused. If you are not present for the laboratory introduction, you will not be able to participate in that day's exercise. If you have a prolonged illness or other unexpected circumstances, be sure to notify me as soon as possible. I cannot help you if I don't know you are having problems.




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