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BIOSCI-221-56805 - Introduction to Microbiology - Cindee Robinson

Course:Introduction to Microbiology
Professor:Cindee Robinson
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Globe surrounded by microbes

During this particular time in everyone's life, you essentially are already devoting many hours each week towards thinking about microbiology, but now you will be able to understand our current situation a little better. Microbiology is a topic that is important to understand for any of us, but for many of you, who will be entering the healthcare field, it is essential and is the basis of learning and understanding the techniques that will keep you and your family as well as all your future patients, safe. Introductory microbiology is also a building block for many other areas of science and careers, so you will be in class with many students who will be following the same path as you, as well as those going into other areas of science. Even though we will be remote for this class, it will be important to interact with all members of the class, for group work as well as enrichment, encouragement and support. An intense class such as microbiology, often works out better for students when they are communicating more frequently with the instructor as well as other students. Since this is a 5 unit class, that, in the normal face to face format, meets approximately 4.5 hours each day, 2 days a week, you should expect to spend at least that amount of time devoted to lecture, online lessons (that will be occasionally required in place of a lecture) and the virtual lab. The amount of study time recommended for a college level class such as microbiology, is a minimum of 2 hours for every hour your class meets. In this case, that is 9 hours of "meeting time" plus 2 hours/hour of study time, equally 18 hours, and that gives you a commitment of around 27 hours, if you are planning to do well in the class, or accomplish a mastery of the subject. The students that do well understand the commitment, stay focused and manage their time well. I will be there to provide information, assistance, guidance, encouragement and support, the rest is up to you!

Course Description

Units: 5.00 - UC:CSU, May Be Taken Once for Credit
Prerequisite: BIOSCI-100 or BIOSCI-100H and CHEM-151 or CHEM-151H. Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for college level English (ENGL-101 or ENGL-101H). Eligibility for college level Math course with an Intermediate Algebra prerequisite (MATH-103, MATH-140)

This course introduces the biology of microorganisms; bacteria, viruses, protists, parasitic worms, fungi, their significance, and their role in human affairs.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Lecture:  Compare and contrast the major groups of microorganisms with regard to morphology, anatomy, physiology, evolution, identification, disease and control, and explain the ubiquity of microbes and their importance in human disease.
  • Laboratory:  Demonstrate mastery of aseptic technique, microbiological procedures, laboratory safety, and interpret results and data of exercises in microbial physiology and identification.

What to Expect in this Course

I will expect students to participate in our Zoom lectures, preferably with their video. That means that students are signed in at the beginning of class and ask questions, comment, share experiences, participate in discussions, surveys and group activities. There are points given to lecture and lab participation and in order to earn the maximum, as well as perform well on the exams, you should be present as if it were a face to face class. If you are going to be late or not available to participate, I will expect to hear from you. A few excused absences would be normal and acceptable. I am not taping lectures therefore if you miss class you will have to get notes from another student. There are times that I can be flexible, however, delaying an assignment can cause issues with keeping up with the material and cause students to get behind further, so you do not want to rely on that and I have seen that cause students to do poorly in the class, partly because more students have had trouble with over committing themselves with classes. I really caution students to understand that a 5 unit class with 6 hours of lab each week is equivalent to 9 in class hours and 18 hours outside of that for preparation and studying - that is a 27 hours a week commitment whether it is on campus face to face or taught remotely.


Types of Assessments

4 exams: one every 4 weeks though McGraw Hill Connect or Canvas 6 - 7 lab quizzes: 1 lab quiz every 2 weeks that will occur through McGraw Hill Connect or Canvas and a cumulative lab final. Lab exercises that include pre-lab quizzes, post-lab quizzes, and graded labs and lab group discussions. Several writing assignments. Required LearnSmart and Practice Questions through McGraw Hill Connect

Textbook Information

You will purchase your ebook and lab exercises through the McGraw Hill tab in Canvas as one unit. This will enable you to have access to the Talaro 11 ed. ebook with Connect and the McGraw Hill Learn Smart Labs. This will all be accessible through Canvas as one log in. A lab manual in available in Canvas. The cost for this McGraw Hill Virtual lab is the same price for all microbiology students, even those using the OER, and it is not costing extra to use their ebook.

Other Relevant Course Information

Please consider your work schedule and other personal obligations before committing yourself to taking a 5 unit class or multiple classes. Students really do need the actual hours of preparation and study time to do well in this class. I have continued to watch students overcommit themselves during this time of remote education and that can have a long term effect on your future. 

Students who are on the waitlist will be sent the Zoom code to see about the possibilities of adding. Keep in mind though, until you are added, you will not have access to course materials through Canvas and that can make adding later than the first day or two very difficult. I abide by all college policies and add students in the order they are on the waiting list. I cannot look at an individual's story and make a decision to add them out of order, so please do not feel compelled to share your story. I do try to make sure my registered students understand the commitment so they know what they are in for and are not taking a place from a more dedicated student.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 05/25/2021 Sub#: 36