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SCIN202 - Introduction to Microbiology

Course Details

Course Code: SCIN202 Course ID: 4017 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Introduction to Microbiology includes the study of the history of microbiology, as well as the fundamentals of microbe staining, culture, and growth. We will also focus on sterilization, disinfection and antimicrobial therapies that help to keep microbes in check Finally, we will focus on microbial infections of the skin, eyes, and wounds as well as the urogenital, respiratory, oral gastrointestinal and nervous systems. NOTE: Students may take either BIOL202 or SCIN202 for credit, but not both versions of microbiology. (Prerequisites: BIOL133 or SCIN130)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

CO-1 Summarize the scope and history of Microbiology

CO-2 Compare and contrast the characteristics of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, to include cellular activities, structure and function, growth and division and metabolism

CO-3 Describe the inheritance of genetic information, gene action, gene regulation and mutations in microbes

CO-4 Evaluate the interactions and impact of microorganisms and humans

CO-5 Summarize the different host defense mechanisms and their relation to microbial disease processes

CO-6 Explain the principles, properties and applications of antimicrobial agents

CO-7 Compare the interactions and impact of microorganisms in the environment

CO-8 Describe the science of microbial taxonomy and microbial evolutionary relationships

During each weekly class session, you will be required to complete assignments – these vary in nature each week, though each assignment is designed so that you have an opportunity to apply principles learned during that week. In general, you will need your textbook and internet access to perform these exercises.

Forum (formerly Discussion Board) Assignments will consist of internet activities, topical questions and/or ethics based questions. You are expected to provide a thoughtful answer or comment of at least 200 words for each assignment and a similar comment or reflection in reply to at least two other student posts. Statements such as “I agree” or “good post” will not count as a reply. Participation in the Forums is mandatory and will count towards your course grade.


During Weeks 1-7, you will be required to complete a short quiz that covers the reading assignments for that week. Quizzes DO NOT require a proctor. Quizzes are open book/open note in format and consist of approximately 10 multiple choice, T/F, fill in the blank and/or short answer questions. The quizzes are timed.


This course includes a project that will require research in weeks’ seven and eight. It is expected you will prepare a written project based on the application of learned concepts that cover the scope of course concepts and is due during the last two weeks of class. Details on the project will become available at the beginning of week seven.

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Forum 1 2.50 %
Forum 2 2.50 %
Forum 3 2.50 %
Forum 4 2.50 %
Forum 5 2.50 %
Forum 6 2.50 %
Forum 7 2.50 %
Forum 8 2.50 %
Quizzes 20.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 2.86 %
Week 2 Quiz 2.86 %
Week 3 Quiz 2.86 %
Week 4 Quiz 2.86 %
Week 5 Quiz 2.86 %
Week 6 Quiz 2.86 %
Week 7 Quiz 2.86 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Assignment 1 5.00 %
Assignment 2 5.00 %
Assignment 3 5.00 %
Assignment 4 5.00 %
Assignment 5 5.00 %
Assignment 6 5.00 %
Project 30.00 %
Project- Part 1 12.00 %
Project- Part 2 18.00 %

Required Technology

  • See the Technology Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog for the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to APUS students for free. To sign up, visit If you have questions about accessing the software, please contact Classroom support at

Additional (Optional) Resources
Juneja, V., & Sofos, J. (2009). Pathogens and Toxins in Foods: Challenges and Interventions. NY:ASM Press. Pathogens and Toxins in Foods: Challenges and Interventions offers a farm-to-table approach to food safety that enables readers to control microbial pathogens and toxic agents at all stages of the food supply chain.

Norkin, L. (2009). Virology: Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis. NY: ASM Press. Virology: Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis enables readers to develop a deep understanding of fundamental virology by emphasizing principles and discussing viruses in the context of virus families.

Krasner, R.(2009). Microbial Challenge: Science, Disease and Public Health. NY: ASM Press. The Microbial Challenge: Science, Disease, and Public Health, 2nd Edition, presents a fascinating look at human-microbe interactions and examines the disease producers while discussing how, with knowledge-based preparation, we can live in harmony with microbes. It also discusses the ways in which beneficial microbes are involved in the cycles of nature and in the food industry, and how they are used as research tools.

Walsh, C. (2003). Antibiotics: Actions, Origins, Resistance. NY: ASM Press. Antibiotics: Actions, Origins, Resistance offers a comprehensive, up to date account of those structural classes of antibiotics that have had an impact in human infectious disease.

Miller, M. (1998). A Guide to Specimen Management in Clinical Microbiology. NY: ASM Press.

Simmons, E. (2007). Alternaria: An Identification Manual. NY: ASM Press.

Beck, R (2000).. A Chronology of Microbiology in Historical Context. NY: ASM Press.

Sherman, I. (2009). The Elusive Malaria Vaccine: Miracle of Mirage? NY: ASM Press.

In addition to the required course text the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note that Web site addresses are subject to change. A comprehensive website that lists links over various areas in Microbiology, as well as current events.
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention The CDC is a comprehensive web resource that offers articles and data on disease, epidemiology, statistics, and much more.

Book Title:Microbiology - e-book available online; please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:OpenStax
Author:Parker, Nina
Unit Cost:$51.78

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.