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BioSci-221 - Introduction to Microbiology - Dr. Melania Abrahamian

Course:Introduction to Microbiology
Professor:Dr. Melania Abrahamian
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week



Hello everyone! My name is Melania Abrahamian and I will be your instructor for the BioSci 221!

In this course we'll dive into the fascinating world of microorganism (bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi)! We'll touch on their shapes, inner workings, how they function, and the ways we categorize and recognize them. And not just that, we'll also look at the crucial roles these tiny entities play in our lives.

Course Description

Prerequisites: Completion of BioSci 100 or 107 (or an equivalent course) with a minimum grade of "C" is required. It is recommended that students have undertaken college-level chemistry, such as Chem 151 or its equivalent.

Course Description: This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of microorganisms, encompassing entities like bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi. Participants will gain insights into their morphology, anatomy, physiology, classification methods, and identification procedures. Furthermore, the pivotal roles of these microorganisms in human contexts will be extensively explored.

Lecture Learning Outcomes: By the end of the lectures, students will be equipped to:

Differentiate between major categories of microorganisms based on morphology, anatomy, physiology, evolutionary history, and identification techniques.
Understand the omnipresence of microbes and their consequential roles in human diseases.

Laboratory Learning Outcomes: In the laboratory sessions, students will:

Showcase proficiency in aseptic techniques and microbiological procedures while emphasizing laboratory safety.
Accurately interpret results and data concerning microbial physiology and identification.

What to Expect in this Course

Microbiology is a fast paced inperson course and there is a lot of content to cover in a short period of time. The basic rule of thumb is to estimate 2 hours of study time per credit hour each week. Microbiology is a 5 credit course, therefore a minimum of 10 hours per week should be set aside for reviewing and studying the material. 

Types of Assessments

Assessments will consist of a variety of exams, quizzes, and assignments, such as worksheets and discussions. Assignments may need to be typed or written. Exams may contain a variety of question formats, including multiple choice, choose all that apply, fill in the blank, short answer, etc.

Textbook Information

1.  Required Textbook:

Microbiology, Access for free at (hardcopy not required).

2.  Required Laboratory Manual:

BioSci 221 Lab Manual: Introduction to Microbiology Lab Manual, Burke, 2017.  Only available from the COC bookstore (hardcopy not required). 

Other Relevant Course Information

Attendance & Tardiness Policies

  • Attendance is required per college policy, which states, “Any student absent for any reason for more than 10% of the class meetings may be dropped by the instructor prior to 75% of the course.
    • Any student absent on the first day of class/lab will be automatically dropped.
    • For a 16-week online course, the following exceeds the 10% absence criterion:
      • failure to submit 10 or more days-worth of online assignments
      • no online activity for 10 or more days
    • It is the student's responsibility to consult with the instructor regarding any absences.

Additional Resources


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Online Education

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Last updated: 08/15/2023 Sub#: 1633