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MMBIO 221 is designed to provide a broad introduction to the field of microbiology, with a particular emphasis on how it relates to human health. This includes introductory discussions in several sub-disciplines of microbiology, including microbial structure and physiology, pathogenesis, immunology, and virology. Since this course fulfills the general education requirements for biology, we will also cover some major concepts in general biology from a microbial point of view. The general biology part of the course will take place in the first third with most of the rest having a noticeable medical slant.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Classify Microorganisms
    1. Differentiate between the types of microorganisms by identifying relevant structure and their function in the biosphere.
    2. Explain and discuss the ways by which microbiologists study microorganisms.
    3. Discuss the principle infectious diseases that affect mankind, including how they are transmitted, treated, controlled and prevented.
  2. Microbiology Techniques: Explain and discuss the ways by which microbiologists study microorganisms.
  3. Immunity and Microbiology
    1. Describe how the human body defends itself against infectious agents.
    2. Differentiate between the types of microorganisms by identifying relevant structure and their function in the biosphere.
    3. Propose microbial solutions to global problems.
  4. Microbial Solutions
    1. Propose microbial solutions to global problems.
    2. Describe how the human body defends itself against infectious agents.

Prerequisites

Any biology course acts as a prerequisite to this course. It is recommended that you take any chemistry course too.

Course Materials

Required

Bauman, Robert. (2017) Microbiology with Disease by Taxonomy. 5th edition. Pearson. (ISBN: 9780134019192)

Optional

MasteringMicrobiology access is recommended, but optional. You may purchase access separately or with your textbook. (If you choose to use MasteringMicrobiology, I suggest purchasing it packaged with your textbook or ebook because it is usually less expensive.) None of the content or assignments in MasterMicrobiology will count as part of your grade. However, it has excellent resources and practice assignments that many students find helpful (and they are rather fun).

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Course Structure

There are 13 reading quizzes, 3 writing assignments, and 3 exams.

Reading Quizzes

The reading quizzes are based on the reading assignments in your textbook. You may refer to the textbook for answers, but I recommend you try to answer them yourself before looking up the answer. It will also be helpful for you to answer the questions at the end of each chapter before you take a quiz.

Writing Assignments

Specific information and directions for the writing assignments are presented where they occur in the course. I suggest you look ahead and review each writing assignment before it is due so you can give yourself enough time to complete them within your schedule. It is expected that they be typed, well-written, and express coherent thought. I emphasize quality, not quantity. A rubric will be provided with each assignment.

Exams

There are two interval exams and one final exam. The exams are composed of multiple-choice and matching questions. Half of the final exam will be from the material covered in the two interval exams, and the other half will be on new material.

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Grading

Your grade in this course will be based on these assignments and exams.

Assignment/Exam Point Value

Approximate Percent of Grade

13 Reading Quizzes (1 dropped) 12 @ 10 pts = 120 pts 22%
Critical Review of News Article 25 pts 5%
Thought Question Response 25 pts 5%
Pamphlet 30 pts 5%
Interval Exams 2 @ 100 pts = 200 pts 36%
Final Exam 150 pts 27%
Total 550 pts 100%

Grade Scale

Your letter grade is calculated according to these percentages.

A 90% to 100%
A− 88% to 89.9%
B+ 84% to 87.9%
B 81% to 83.9%
B− 78% to 80.9%
C+ 75% to 77.9%
C 71% to 74.9%
C− 67% to 70.9%
D+ 63% to 66.9%
D 59% to 62.9%
D− 55% to 58.9%
E (fail) 54.9% and below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.

Assignments

13 computer-graded quizzes, 3 instructor-graded assignments.

You may resubmit each assignment once for a fee.

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.

Exams

3 proctored, computer-graded exams.

You must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course. 

You may retake each exam once for a fee.

Retake an exam for a fee.

Course Duration

You have one year to complete this course. You may purchase one three-month extension if you need more than a year to complete the course.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources, and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

BYU Copyright Notice for TEACH ACT

COPYRIGHT NOTICE
The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.


“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment. . . . Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy.

Copyright notice for specific, individual copies.
All copies are intended for non-commercial, educational purposes in connection with this registered course and only for students enrolled in this course. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws.

 

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