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Course Number: Palm Beach State College General Class and Course Information
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General Class and Course Information
Course Number: MCB2010
Course Title: Microbiology
Term/Dates: Fall 2016 (2017-1)
Reference Number: 217420
Credit Hours: 3
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 9:30 am
Room: SC 211
Course Description: This course is a survey of the structure, physiology, genetics and control of microorganisms. The
course includes an overview of the medical importance of bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and multicellular parasites with
examination of host-microorganism interactions, including non-specific and specific immunity. In a lecture science
course where there is a required co-requisite lab, students may withdraw from the lab class, but stay in the lecture
class. (Students may also choose to withdraw from both). Students will not be allowed to withdraw from the lecture
and remain enrolled in the lab.
Component Class Information
This course is supported by an Internet course website. Some of the course material is available online and requires
you to have Internet access. Before you decide to take the course, it is recommended that you:
Visit – www.palmbeachstate.edu/elearning/online
to obtain Detailed Facts & Information about
Blackboard Access
 Access to your Online Course is AVAILABLE each term on the FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
 Access to your Online Course will NOT BE AVAILABLE unless the course tuition is FULLY PAID
Blackboard Orientations
 How to Register for the Free Online Orientation Course: ELO1000
 Where/When to Attend On-Campus Orientation
Blackboard Tips & Tutorials
 How to Ensure your Computer is Compatible
 Ensure you Understand Examination and Assignment Rules
 Learn the Functions of Blackboard
Then Proceed To – https://palmbeachstate.blackboard.com
to Login to your Course (not available before the first day of class) using the same
USERNAME and PASSWORD you used to register for classes.
For Additional Information and Notices Visit – http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/elearning
Professor’s Information
Name: Dr. Silvio Arango-Jaramillo
Faculty Web Page:
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Office Location: SC 252
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours:
M: 11:00 to 12:00 am, and 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
T: 11:00 to 12:00 am, and 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
W: 11:00 to 12:00 am, and 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
R: 11:00 to 12:00 am.
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Information on REQUIRED Textbooks:
Microbiology. An Introduction.
Foundations in Microbiology.
Edition Author
Tortora G.J., Funke
B.R., and Case
Christine L.
Talaro K.T.
13: 9780321929150
McGraw Hill
Other Information on Textbooks and Materials needed for class:
Access to the Blackboard system, and the Power Points, provided as a Web Component of the course in the
Blackboard on line system.
Course Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to:
General Education Learning Outcomes:
Communications - Develop effective communication skills for a variety of audiences.
Global Awareness - Exhibit a sense of social, cultural and global responsibility.
Critical Thinking - Engage in purposeful reasoning to reach sound conclusions.
Information Literacy - Demonstrate the ability to find, evaluate, organize and use information.
Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning - Apply mathematical and scientific principles to solve real-world
Ethics - Demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions based on ethical principles and reasoning.
Course learning Outomes:
As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to:
Compare microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoans and helminthes) by cell type, reproductive
methods, metabolism, genetics, pathology, nutrition, and structural differences.
Describe the uses and the main differences among several types of
microscopes, including the electron microscope and how they relate to clinical use.
Describe the major differences between Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria and the different
methods to isolate and identify those microorganisms.
Describe the major groups of viruses, with emphasis on pathogenic viruses and their modes of entry and exit in
the host.
Critically analyze growth, metabolism, patterns of infection using graphs, charts and other data.
Explain the different methods currently used to control microbial growth, including categorizing and describing
anti-microbial drugs, their general targets, modes of action, and the development and challenges due to drug
Describe the major advances and techniques currently used in molecular microbiology and genetic engineering.
Explain the relationship between microorganisms and disease, emphasizing in both, the host mechanisms of
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defense and the virulence of pathogens.
Describe non-specific and specific defenses and how they relate to pathogens including allergic responses and
Identify the etiology and epidemiology of selected infectious diseases. This is also an Honors
Methods of Assessment:
Objective Tests
Assignments / Case Studies
Full Course Outline - Click on the following link: Course Outlines and enter the course number (no space between the
prefix and the number).
Class Information
Course core outline in detail:
This course is divided in 12 Units, each one with two Topics.
Each Exam will cover the two previous Units, with a total of 4 Topics.
Unit I:
Topic # 1: The Microbial World. Main themes of Microbiology. History. The impact of microbes on Earth. The Scientific
Topic # 2: Chemical Principles. The Chemistry of Biology.
Unit 2:
Topic # 3: The Microscope. The Gram Stain.
Topic # 4: Taxonomy. Classification of Microorganisms..
Exam # 1.
Unit 3:
Topic # 5: Introduction to Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells.
Topic # 6: An introduction to Viruses, Viroids and Prions.
Unit 4:
Topic # 7: Microbial Growth, Nutrition, and Ecology.
Topic # 8: Microbial Metabolism.
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Exam # 2.
Unit 5:
Topic # 9: Microbial Genetics.
Topic # 10: Genetic Engineering. DNA Technology. Biotechnology.
Unit 6:
Topic # 11: Control of Microorganisms. Physical and Chemical.
Topic # 12: Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Antibiotics. Anti fungal. Anti-parasitic. Antivirals.
Exam # 3.
Unit 7:
Topic # 13: Principles of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology. Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity.
Topic # 14: Innate Immunity. Nonspecific Host Defenses.
Unit 8:
Topic # 15: Acquired Immunity. Immunology. The specific immunity. Immunization.
Topic # 16: Disorders of Immunity. Hypersensitivity. Allergy. Autoimmunity. Immunodeficiency.
Exam # 4.
Unit 9:
Topic # 17: Immunization. Vaccines. Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases.
Topic # 18: Microbial Diseases of the Skin and Eyes.
Unit 10:
Topic # 19: Microbial Diseases of the Nervous System.
Topic # 20: Microbial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic System.
Exam # 5.
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Unit 11:
Topic # 21: Microbial Diseases of the Respiratory System.
Topic # 22: Microbial Diseases of the Digestive System.
Unit 12:
Topic # 23: Microbial Diseases of the Urinary & Reproductive System.
Topic # 24: Environmental Microbiology. Applied and Industrial Microbiology.
Exam # 6.
Academic Dishonesty Policy and Penalty for Violation:
Cheating or Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If any participant is found violating this rule, the whole exercise or exam,
will be graded with a zero, and the person will be reported to the Dean for Student Services for the corresponding
disciplinary action from the college.
Assignments, Tests, Quizzes and Final Exam Schedule, with percentage/points of grade:
Reading text material, power point presentations, attending and participating in class discussions, and taking the 6 on
line exams with an average grade above the limits of approval.
There are no midterm or final exams. Every participant should take 6 exams on line, using the web enhanced component
of this course. Each one of those exams have 20 multiple choice questions, which should be answered in one attempt for
a total of 30 minutes. Each exam will be available to be opened for about two weeks, day and night, according to the
schedule provided below, to be taken at any time during that window or period, but once you decided to opened and
take it, the 20 questions will be available for answering only for 30 minutes. All the participants must follow the
regulations established under the previous paragraph about the grading scale and policy.
Schedule or windows for exams:
Exam 1 : From Tuesday, August 23, to Tuesday, September 13. Topics 1, 2, 3, and 4 (Units 1 and 2).
Exam 2: From Tuesday, September 13, to Tuesday, October 4. Topics 5, 6, 7, and 8 (Units 3 and 4).
Exam 3: From Tuesday, October 4, to Tuesday, October 18. Topics 9, 10, 11, and 12 (Units 5 and 6).
Exam 4: From Tuesday, October 18, to Tuesday, November 1. Topics 13, 14, 15, and 16 (Units 7 and 8).
Exam 5: From Tuesday, November 1, to Tuesday, November 22. Topics 17, 18, 19, and 20 (Units 9 and
Exam 6: From Tuesday, November 22, to Tuesday, December 13. Topics 21, 22, 23, and 24 (Units 11 and
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The grading scale is based upon the total of 100 points possible, The first 90 points will be obtained in 6 on line exams,
provided by the web-enhanced component of the course. Each exam has 20 multiple choice questions which must be
answered in a period of a total of 30 minutes. But the exams can be taken during a window of about two weeks at your
convenience, according to an specific schedule and deadlines. But once you decided the day and time to take the exam
during that period or window, the exam will be open for only 30 minutes. There is only one attemp, and there will be no
extentions of the deadlines established below in this syllabus. All the participants should be aware that they have to use
a reliable computer to avoid any technical difficulties during the 30 minutes of the exams. In the extreme case of a
technical problem opening the exam or during the process of answering it, the participant should inform the Professor
through the MAIL system in Blackboard, as soon as it is possible, and provide the specifics of the technical problem in
maximum detail. The blackboard system has a sophisticated way to examine those technical records and determine
what exactly happened, at what time, for how long, and what was the possible cause etc. In case that the surveillance
system corroborates the written complaint, the professor will take the final determination about the issue. I strongly
recommend to avoid this problems by taking the exams in reliable computers and places, as close as possible to
complete safety of technical problems, because in many cases the participant will have to deal with a negative decision
about the grade for such exam. One exam will represent a preliminary value of 100 points which will be averaged at the
end of the course by an automatic blackboard computed system, that will consider that average as the 90 % of the total
value of the grade for the entire course. The remaining 10 % , will come from participation and attendance to the entire
course, proportionally calculated from the attendance record, for the total possible grade of 100 points. This means that
participation and attendance makes 10 % of the final grade. An accurate record of attendance will be kept for the
Grades will be calculated by the following: A=90-100, B= 80-89, C= 70-79, D= 60-69, F= below 60.
Letter Grade
90 - 100
80 - 89
70 - 79
60 - 69
Below 60
Percentage (if applicable)
Class Policies
Attendance: Professors are required to take attendance.
All the participants must attend and participate, during the first two weeks of the term. Any person absent during that
perion will be reported to the college and will be withdrawed from the course. Every participant must take the 6 exams,
following the deadlines stated above. An accurate record of attendance will be kept according to Palm Beach State
College regulations for different purposes. 10 % of the total grade for the course will be based on attendance and
Electronic Device Use and Email Policy:
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No cell phones, laptop computers, or any other electronic devices are allowed to use in the classroom, during the
Late Assignment Policy:
All required exams and participation are expected to be completed on time. If, due to an emergency, a student cannot
meet the due date, s/he has to demostrate with the proper medical or legal certificate, or proof from the E Learning
office technical personnel, that the blackboard and computer sophisticated surveillance corroborated the technical
problem. After that s/he has to request the approval from the Professor to get an alternative solution. Do not forget that
the blackboard record is able to show extreme detail information about the day and time, and how you have navegated
the program.
Make-up Exam Policy:
No Make-up for the exams. Make up tests are only given in extreme emergency situations, officialy certified with the
precise reliable documentation, which prove the total impossibility of fullfilling one of the deadlines for exams. Or proof
from the E Learning office technical personnel, that there was a technical problem with blackboard or the computer that
you were using, and that the computer sophisticated surveillance used by the E learning Office was able to corroborate
the technical problem. After that s/he has to request the approval from the Professor to get an alternative solution. Do
not forget that the blackboard record is able to show extreme detail information about the day and time, and how you
have navegated the program and the computer that you are using. If the petition is approved by the Profesor, the
student is responsible for the fee to take the proctored test in the Test Center. Special arrangements for make-up exams
should be discussed with, and approved by the Professor.
Withdrawal Policy:
Any serious violation of the academic policies stated in this syllabus, could be a cause for withdrawing a participant from
this course. The last day to withdraw from this course with a "W" grade is Friday, November 4.
Here are the guidelines prepared by the office of the Dean of Student Services, about behavior and conduct in the
classroom, during the regular classes:
The purpose of this information is to assist students in understanding proper classroom
behavior. The classroom should be a learning centered environment in which faculty and
students are unhindered by disruptive behavior. Students are expected to maintain proper
decorum in the classroom. Palm Beach State College is an institution of higher education that
promotes the free exchange of ideas. However, students must adhere to the rules set forth by the
instructor. Failure to comply with classroom rules may result in dismissal from the class and/or the
College. Faculty have the authority to manage their classrooms to ensure an environment
conducive to learning. Florida Statute Title XLVIII, Chapter 1006.61 and PBSC Board Rule
6Hx-18-3.35 state:
(1) Any person who accepts the privilege extended by the laws of this
state of attendance at any public postsecondary educational institution
shall, by attending such institution, be deemed to have given his or her
consent to the policies of that institution, the State Board of
Education, and the Board of Governors regarding the State University
System, and the laws of this state. Such policies shall include
prohibition against disruptive activities at public postsecondary
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educational institutions.
(2) After it has been determined that a student of a state institution of
higher learning has participated in disruptive activities, such student
may be immediately expelled from the institution for a minimum of 2
Take responsibility for your education - There is a common myth among students that
because they pay tuition they deserve to receive credit for the class. This is not true. In
fact, students pay only a portion of the cost of their education; taxpayers pay the rest.
Instructors are here to create a learning environment. Whether you learn depends on
your willingness to listen, ask appropriate questions, and do the work necessary to pass
the course. If your academic preparation from high school is weak or if you have been
out of school for a period of time, you may have to work harder and seek more help in
order to succeed.
Attend every class - You will find that students who attend every class, listen to the
instructor and take good notes will be more likely to pass (with a higher grade). If you
have an emergency or illness, contact your instructor ahead of time to let her/him know
that you will be absent. A local study showed that students who missed the first class
meeting were more likely later to withdraw or fail. Important note: if you miss a class it
is your responsibility to meet with the instructor, outside of regular class time, to
determine a plan to make up the missed work.
Get to class on time - Students who walk into the classroom late or leave early distract
other students and disrupt the learning environment.
Do not have private conversations - The noise is distracting to other students.
Turn cellular phones off - It is very distracting to hear someone’s phone go off in class.
Texting in class is prohibited.
Do not dominate other students’ opportunities to learn by asking too many
questions - It’s good to ask questions and make comments, but if you dominate the class
time with too many questions and/or comments, the instructor and other students cannot
participate in class discussions. When asking questions or making comments, keep them
related to the discussion at hand.
Respect your instructor - Openly challenging the instructor’s knowledge or authority in
the classroom is not proper. If you take issue with the instructor’s information or
instructional methods, make sure that your comments are made without confrontation or
antagonism. You may want to discuss your issues with her/him privately.
Instructors’ classroom policies, procedures and teaching styles vary - Some
instructors enforce attendance policies vigorously; other instructors are more lenient
about attendance. Assignments and classroom activities are at the prerogative of the
instructor. Each instructor has the freedom and authority to set the guidelines and
policies for their classroom (within the overall policies of the college).
Your classmates deserve your respect and support - Others may have different ideas
and opinions from yours, they may ask questions you perceive to be “stupid,” but they
deserve the same level of respect from you as you wish from them.
Come to class prepared - Students who forget common classroom supplies such as a
pencil, paper, books, test materials, etc. usually waste class time. Students who have not
completed their assigned homework many times ask questions that could have been
answered through their assignments.
Turn in your work on time - It is important to plan ahead. Students who wait until the
last minute to do their work usually make lower grades and are more likely to miss
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deadlines. Study and do your assignments every day. If a problem occurs at the last
minute such as a computer malfunction, you will still be prepared.
Do not bring children to class - Children in classrooms are distracting to the instructor,
other students, and you. You need to plan ahead for child care.
When having academic difficulty seek assistance - Your instructors are willing to
assist you however, there are other ways to get help. The Student Learning Center (SLC)
has tutors available for many courses. Student Services can assist you with course
scheduling and career development. Specific courses, such as SLS1501 Strategies for
College Success, are offered to help you succeed.
If you have questions or need assistance, please make an appointment to see your academic
advisor or call 207-5340. She/he is willing to assist you so you can succeed.
Prepared by: Office of the Dean of Student Services – Eissey Campus
To receive an electronic copy of this document, send your email request to [email protected]
College Policies and Web Information
Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty includes the following actions, as well as other similar conduct aimed at making false representation with
respect to the student's academic performance:
(1) Cheating on an exam, (2) Collaborating with others on work to be presented, if contrary to the stated rules of the course,
(3) Submitting, if contrary to the rules of the course, work previously submitted in another course, (4) Knowingly and intentionally
assisting another student in any of the above actions, including assistance in an arrangement whereby work, classroom
performance, examination, or other activity is submitted or performed by a person other that the student under whose name the
work is submitted or performed, (5) Plagiarism.
Please refer to the Palm Beach State College Student Handbook (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current for link to the student
Classroom Etiquette and Student Behavior Guidelines
Students will demonstrate respect for professors and fellow students. Behavior that is disruptive to a positive learning environment
reported by the professor will result in a warning on the first instance; the second instance might result in expulsion from the course
or campus.
Computer Competency Component
Each student will, to the satisfaction of the professor, demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic computer operations
through various professor-determined exercises and/or assignments.
Disability Support Services
Students with disabilities are advised, in compliance with federal and state laws, that accommodations and services are available
through the office of Disability Support Services (DSS). It is the student's responsibility to contact Disabled Student Services Advisors
and to submit appropriate documentation prior to receiving services. Please see the website at www.palmbeachstate.edu/current
for web address for Disability Support Services.
Eating, Drinking and Smoking
Eating and drinking are confined to areas designated on the campus. Smoking is not permitted in any College building and only in
areas designated at each campus.
Final Course Grade Appeal
The evaluation of academic work is the responsibility of the faculty member/instructor. The method for assigning the final course
grade is established by the faculty member/instructor. Per Board Rule 6Hx-18-3.191, faculty/instructors shall communicate the
grading policy of the course to their students in writing. If this policy changes during the term, students should be notified of any
changes in writing. The method to determine final course grades must be given to students in a course syllabus at the beginning of
the class. Should a student have a question about a final course grade, please follow the procedures as outlined in the student
handbook: www.palmbeachstate.edu/current.
Mid-Term Grade Reporting
Within one week after the close of the mid-term grading period, mid-term grades will be made available to all students for each
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class by either written notification or individual conference.
Student Responsibility Policy
When a student attends the College, s/he becomes subject to its jurisdiction. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a
responsible manner, in all areas of campus life. By enrolling, they pledge to obey the rules and regulations of the College and are
responsible for observing all College policies and procedures as published in the student handbook, the College catalog and other
College publications. The student will be responsible for preparing for class, participating in class, and completing assignments on
Palm Beach State Websites of Interest
Please see this web page (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current) for a list of web addresses for students.
Withdrawal Policy for Individual Courses
The last day to withdraw from a College course with a "W" grade in this course is Friday, November 4. It is the responsibility of the
student to use the PantherWeb system or visit a campus Registrar’s office to withdraw. An official withdrawal entitles the student
to a grade of "W" in the class.
Department Contact Information
Name: Dr. Silvio Arango-Jaramillo. Dept. Chair.
Dr. Robert Van Der Velde. Associate Dean.
Telephone: 561-207-5072
Job Title: Dr. Silvio Arango-Jaramillo: Professor &
Dr. Van Der Velde: Associate Dean.
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Office Location: SC 252
SC 160
Email: [email protected]
[email protected]
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