House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

BIOL-2420-50 (Introductory Microbiology)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorAshcraft, Jimmy Allen
Phone(409) 984-6590
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Glenda Dupuis
Telephone:(409) 984-6316
Hours:4:30-5:00 Tuesday &Thursday
Room #:105
Course Information
Course ID #10127
Course Subject-Number-SectionBIOL-2420-50
Course TitleIntroductory Microbiology
Course Description Micro-organisms with emphasis on those of medical significance and problems of personal and community health.
Course Prerequisites Biology 2401 & 2402 Anatomy and Physiology
Required Textbooks Microbiology Principles and Explorations, 7th edition, J. G. Black, John Wiley and Sons, Publisher.
Learning Objectives Students will become familiar with a spectrum of organisms discernable only, using microscophy. Emphasis will be placed on the organism's natural history ,their impact on humans,their treatment, and their relationship to modern healthcare. Students will become familiar with microbiological methods and materials in the laboratory. Students will learn and demonstate an understanding of bacterial morphology, bacterial identification, and bacterial culture using aseptic technique in the laboratory. Students will learn and demonstrate an understanding of the concept of "sterility." Students will become familiar with the following groups: Viruses, prions, protozoans, fungi, and helminths as they impact modern healthcare.
Major Assignments Lecture: There will be three lecture tests and a final examination. All tests are mandatory. Students will be given the option of completing a number of disease reports to substitue for their lowest grade. The disease reports will not replace a "zero."

Laboratory: There will be three laboratory tests. All tests are mandatory.

Discussion Topics New breakthroughs in healthcare.
Attendance Policy Lecture and Laboratory: Attendance is mandatory. On the third absence, (Lecture, Lab, or combined) the instructor reserves the right to generate an "Instructor Initiated Drop."
Determination of Final Grade Lecture Tests (Three tests plus the final examination) = 75%

Laboratory (Three tests) = 25%

Final Exam Date May 12, 2011 - 4:30 PM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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