BIO220 - Microbiology - Fall 2020

    Welcome to Microbiology @ WWCC!

    Fall 2020: 9/3 - 12/19

Course Information:

           Credits: 4

           Course sections:

                     - D01 (Tues) 9:45 - 11:15am in Henson Hall 204

                     - D011 (Thurs) 9:45 - 11:15am in Henson Hall 204

           Format: Hybrid Lecture/Online Lab


Instructor Information:

Instructor: Allison E. Collins, Instructor of Biological Sciences ("Prof Coll")

Office: Henson Hall 103A


Phone: (410) 251 - 5100 (Text/VM)

                (410) 572 - 8758 (Office)


Office Hours:





Additional hours available by appointment


Communication with Instructor:

If you have any questions about the course, assignments, or examinations, please email: using your WWCC Institutional email. The preferred method for communicating with your instructor is through the email address provided above or by texting my cell phone. You may also use the Blackboard email feature. I will respond within 24 hours Monday-Thursday and within 48 hours Friday-Sunday, but usually much sooner. Email is usually the fastest mode of communication, but do not abuse it. If you have a question, be sure to check the syllabus, schedule, or announcements first, before sending an email. Also, make sure you are being respectful by giving me time to respond - not spamming my inbox. If you have any technology problems, you can access 24X7 technical help at Technology Resources. I am not tech support.


Course Description:

This course offers an introduction to the biology of microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria.  General principles of microbial classification, morphology, physiology, and genetics are covered, including the role of microorganisms in natural and disease processes of man.  Current trends and topics are discussed.  Laboratory study includes the basic use of the microscope and aseptic techniques in the observation, isolation, identification and control of selected bacteria.

Hours:  39 lecture and 39 laboratory.  Prerequisite:  BIO 101, BIO 202, BIO 105, or BIO 210 with a grade of “C” or better or permission of the department head.


Course Materials:


1. OpenStax College. (2018). Microbiology. OpenStax.

          ISBN: 9781938168147

2. Hands-On Labs: BIO220 Lab Kit (#3008)

          ISBN: 2818440026614

                                 Recommended but optional:

                                 1. Leboffe, M., & Pierce, B.  (2019).  Microbiology Laboratory Theory & Application Essentials.

                                     Englewood, CO:  Morton Publishing.

                                           ISBN: 9781640430327

                                 Campus Bookstore:


Technology Requirements:


Windows 7 or greater and access to the Internet

Microsoft Office 2003 Word/PowerPoint or greater (not Microsoft Works)

Internet Explorer 9.x or better; Chrome version 36 or better; Firefox version 31 or better


Webcam:  Required course material; if a student does not already have a webcam (almost all laptops have webcams built in), students may opt to purchase a webcam from the bookstore; it will be used for online proctoring of exams. 

Proctored Testing: Three (3) exams will be administered with an online proctoring service.

Quizizz App ( - used for chapter practice quizzes (FREE)

Memrise App ( - flashcard app used for chapter terminology (FREE)


Blackboard (Bb):

Blackboard™ is being used as a primary Course Management system in this course. To access course content in Blackboard you need to have access to a computer with an Internet connection (other requirements may apply). On campus Resource Labs are available and hours of operation can be found on the college website.

Blackboard Login:

  1. From the Wor-Wic home page, click on myWor-Wic (top-right above Quick Links).
  2. Enter your Wor-Wic user ID and password (same as your Wor-Wic email user ID and password) to access the portal.
  3. In the “Blackboard Login” web part, select the link to enter into the Blackboard site.
  4. Blackboard may also be accessed through Services & Support >> Technology Resources >> Blackboard Login (located in the right panel).


Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the mechanisms and impact of microbial evolution.
  2. Describe basic cell chemistry and the functional anatomy of microbes.
  3. Describe the features of microbial metabolism and growth.
  4. Describe the features of microbial genetics.
  5. Describe the impact of microorganisms and microbial systems on humans and the environment.
  6. Apply information literacy skills to communicate clearly about concepts and issues related to microbiology.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in common microbiology laboratory skills and the ability to apply the scientific method.

     See Bb for specific assessment goals



Your final grade will be calculated as follows: 1,000* points

Lecture: (720*)

          Exams (3@100; 1@150) = 450

          Quizzes (11@10; 1@20) = 130

          Current Issues in Micro (1@10; 3@20) = 70

          D.I.G.Its (40@2) = 80

Lab: (280*)

          Lab Reports (13@10) = 130

          Unknown ID Project = 150

* Two 10-point assignments (lowest %) will be dropped from grade calculations

There will be ungraded practice quizzes and study aids posted on Bb. Additional assignments, including unannounced quizzes, may be added by the instructor if necessary. Extra credit opportunities may be offered throughout the semester.


Course Content:

This class is a combination of text material, live/video lectures, quizzes, submitted assignments, proctored examinations and participation in class discussions. Material is accessible through the Blackboard Course Management System. Active participation is expected and is considered in the student’s final grade.  Last date of attendance for official academic reporting is the last time student engaged in a discussion, took a quiz or submitted an assignment, not the last time they logged in. 
Class assignments must be submitted on or before the assigned due date. Technology is not always reliable; so, count on problems with computers, and plan your assignments and exams accordingly. Since most communication for this course is written, it is essential that proper writing practices are used for email as well as discussion postings.

  • Ex: Emails begin with a salutation and end with a closing; sentences begin with a capital letter, and end with a period; proper paragraphing should be used; complete sentences should be used, unless presenting a list; text messaging shortcuts should not be used.



Exams contain multiple choice, ordering, matching, fill-in-the-blank, diagram labeling, and short-answer questions that cover lecture topics. All exams are timed and have specific due dates.

Three (3) exams will be administered with an online proctoring service. The Respondus Lockdown Browser must be downloaded to a PC, Mac, or iPad (Respondus cannot be downloaded to a Chromebook).  A course-specific orientation that must be completed within the first week of class includes a required practice quiz to verify a student can take proctored tests with Respondus Lockdown Monitor.  Students will receive feedback of any adjustments needed based on instructor review of practice quiz videos.



  • D.I.G.Its: Homework assignments based on specific concepts in each chapter. These are critical thinking questions that will be typed-up and submitted via Bb. You will see similar short answer questions on Exams. Point values depend on the chapter covered.
  • Current Issues in Microbiology Discussions (CIM): Activities requiring you to choose and summarize scientific articles based on a specific chapter topic, followed by a class discussion. Topics are posted on the Bb course schedule.
  • Practice Quizzes (PQ): Completed using the Quizizz App and are not graded. Students will complete these formative quizzes to practice lecture course content each week. These should be approached as open-book and open-note learning experiences, completed as students are learning that topic, NOT as a rush right before due date.  Questions may be from previous content or in preparation for later content. Each quiz may be taken multiple times and is available during the entire course – you must be signed in to Quizizz to save attempts.
  • Lecture Quizzes (LQ): Completed in class and are graded. These quizzes cover material presented in each lecture. No make-ups are possible.
  • Lab Reports (LR): Weekly lab kit/virtual labs will be performed, then summarized. Lab reports may contain short answer questions, tables, graphs, case studies, pictures, videos, or summary exercises. Lab Quizzes may be added if the instructor finds it necessary.
  • Unknown ID Project (UNK-ID): Using lab techniques performed throughout the semester, students will analyze a pair of unknown bacteria from a patient sample. Once the specific causative agents are determined, they will support their diagnoses with scientific evidence. In addition to the course texts, they will search Wor-Wic databases to find scientific, peer-reviewed, journal references and learn how to cite them using APA format.  The project will document student use of resources with proper APA citation and paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism.  Assignment due date is shown on course schedule.  No make-ups are possible. Plagiarism anywhere in this assignment will result in zero score for the whole assignment and the incident will be documented and reported to the Disciplinary Committee following Academic Dishonesty policy.



This is a hybrid course, which means students are expected to both attend class on-campus at the time they registered for and to complete at-home virtual/online coursework during the remainder of the week. Attendance will be taken 2 ways: on-campus quiz submission (1) and at-home accessing/viewing video lectures (2). If for any reason you cannot attend in-person campus sessions, all missed lecture material can be accessed on Bb. Absences will not count against you as long as you watch/complete the same material we covered in the on-campus class during the week it is assigned. That said, if you do miss an in-class Quiz or D.I.G.It, you will have to contact your instructor to set up an in-person or virtual session to complete them.


Late Work:

Updated due dates for all assignments will be provided via the Due Date Calendar and Course Schedule in Blackboard. Since adequate notice will be given to complete assignments, most* late assignments will not be accepted for full credit, but will incur daily grade reductions of 20%. A grade of zero will be given for missed assignments/ assessments.

  • *D.I.G.It assignments have soft and hard deadlines. Students should try to complete these during the week they are assigned (soft deadline) but may submit them for full-credit up until they take each associated exam (hard deadline).


Wor-Wic Community College Institutional Policies:

Please visit the WWCC Catalog for information on Academic Honesty, Blackboard Academic Integrity & Computer Usage, Services for Students with Disabilities, Sexual violence Disclosures, etc.

Classroom "Netiquette":

It is the right of each student to participate in his or her learning, and it is the responsibility of each student to not interfere with the learning of other students. It is the expectation of the college that each student assumes the responsibility to follow college policies and procedures governing campus and online classroom conduct.


Emergency Information Statement:

In the event of severe inclement weather or other emergency, information about the closing of the college will be communicated via Omnilert and the College's website. Faculty will communicate with students about their courses and course requirements, such as assignments, quiz and exam dates, and class and grading policies, via Blackboard. Students will be responsible for completing all assignments in accordance with class policies.