This syllabus is intended to make microbiology engaging and create study guidelines so that students can gain a better understanding of different topics and get better grades. The traditional passive note-taking will be coupled with other active-learning techniques. Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of microbiology through lectures, laboratory exercise and seminar sessions (Cundell, 2012). These active and problem-solving methods of learning improve analytical and critical thinking. The syllabus is not in any way meant to infringe on the academic freedom of students but rather be used as a benchmark by different instructors as they teach microbiology. Additionally, it can be used as a guideline for developing new syllabus material. This syllabus is written with evidence-based practice such as active learning, student-centered classroom and backwards course design in mind.
Students will learn through lectures, laboratory exercise and seminars and as such, students are mandated to participate in all the sessions. Absence without apology will impact students` overall grade. It must be requested before class. More than three absenteeism will result in an incomplete unit (Euler & Kühner, 2017). Reasons for excuse will be due to illness or family or other emergencies. In case s student have a question or need clarification on any matter, constructive dialogue will be through classroom hours, designated office time, discussions on the canvas and through emails. Canvas will be used as the primary forum for handling assignments. Additionally, lecture notes and other materials will be posted via canvas.
This is a course that will enable students to explore fascinating and at times, harmful organism. At the end of the lesson, students are expected to be knowledgeable about microorganism and their physiology and metabolism (L’Ecuyer, Pole & Leander, 2015). Additionally, they are expected to be well trained in critical analysis and have practical problem-solving skills in the scientific field. On finishing the syllabus, the student is expected to:
– Be knowledgeable on metabolism, morphology, physiology as well as the evolution of microorganism. The students should be able to fully comprehend critical processes at the molecular level and the adaptation process of microorganism. – Students should effectively use different technical microbiological terms and concepts. – Students should fully explain different techniques of cultivating microorganism and how they can apply this knowledge at the industrial level. – Students should as well be able to differentiate between various signaling techniques and how they function at the molecular stage — for example, biofilm formation and differentiation. – Students should be able to effectively work at the laboratory with microorganisms and be able to differentiate their molecular and physiological characteristics. – The students should be able to critically and ethically analyze other scientific work in the field. – Students should be in a position to evaluate microbiological scientific data, draw inferences and conclusion from them through testing hypothesis and conducting experiments.