A systematic examination of the microbial world, emphasizing the properties of bacteria. Topics covered include morphology, physiology, diagnostic techniques, genetics and application to various fields with emphasis on pathogenic bacteria.
Prerequisites: General biology and general chemistry (recommended, but not required)
Module 1: Intro to microbiology, prokaryotes vs eukaryotes, cellular organelles and arrangements.
Module 2: Microbial metabolism and enzymatic reactions
Module 3: Microscopy and microbial staining techniques
Module 4: Microbial growth, universal, selective and differential growth media
Module 5: Personal protective equipment and pathogenic microbes
Module 6: Virus characterization, morphology and pathogenic causative agents
Lab 1: Notebook maintenance and general equipment
Lab 2: Microscopes
Lab 3: Gram Staining
Lab 4: Microbial cultivation and types of growth media
Lab 5: Antibiotic sensitivity testing
Lab 6: Enzymatic reactions
Lab 7: Secondary characterization assays
Lab 8: Biochemical assays
Lab 9: The unknown microbe
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