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Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2017
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Lecture sections meet in Bolin 209
MWF (9:00 am - 9:50 pm)

Laboratory sections meet in Bolin 223:
21A: MW 2:00 - 3:20 pm
21B: TR 2:00 - 3:20 pm

Dr. James Masuoka (view Profile)


Microbiology: with Diseases by Body Systems, 4th
plus Access to Mastering Microbiology
Microbiology Lab. Theor. & Appl. 3rd
Brief Edition
Course Objectives
  • Compare and contrast the cellular structures of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
  • Describe how specific cellular structures carry out processes such as motility, nutrient transport, energy production and reproduction
  • Describe how microbial cell structures and processes can be the targets of antimicrobial agents, and explain how these relate to therapeutic decisions
  • Explain the importance of aseptic technique in patient care
  • Explain the impact of human activity on microbial evolution, and describe the mechanisms by which genetic information is modified and transferred between microorganisms
  • Contrast the lifecycles of bacteria, eukaryotic microbes and viruses
  • Describe the environmental factors that affect microbial growth, and relate these factors to the environment of the human host and growth in laboratory culture
  • Explain the various relationships that exist between microbes and the human host, and how both microbial and host factors influence development of disease
  • Explain the factors important in microscopy and how each is optimized or controlled
  • Relate microbial biology to means of identification, classification and host defense mechanisms
  • Describe how microbial genetic information flows and is shared
  • Contrast the prokaryotic and eukaryotic pathways of carbohydrate catabolism
Course Expectations

Required Materials:

Microbiology: with Diseases by Body System by RW Bauman. 4th Edition. Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2015.

Access to: Mastering Microbiology (

Microbiology Laboratory Theory & Application: Brief Edition by M J Leboffe & B E Pierce. 2nd Edition. Morton Publishing Company, 2008.


Each student is required to complete all exams, reading assignments and laboratory assignments.

There will be three midterm exams worth 90 points each and a cumulative final exam worth 200 points.

Online assignments over the reading for the section being covered will be worth 130 points total.

The laboratory portion comprises 40% of the total course grade.

Students are required to understand and follow all laboratory safety guidelines and policies.

Grading Standards
Final Exam 05/08/2017 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection 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 Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled. Although in general students are graded on intellectual effort and performance rather than attendance, absences may lower the student’s grade where class attendance and class participation are deemed essential by the faculty member. In those classes where attendance is considered as part of the grade, the instructor should so inform students of the specifics in writing at the beginning of the semester in a syllabus or separate attendance policy statement. An instructor who has an attendance policy must keep records on a daily basis. The instructor must give the student a verbal or written warning prior to being dropped from the class. Instructor’s records will stand as evidence of absences. A student with excessive absences may be dropped from a course by the instructor. Any  individual faculty member or college has the authority to establish an attendance policy, providing the policy  is in accordance with the General University Policies. [MSU Student Handbook, p. 43]

Absences will be excused for:

  1. Death of an immediate family member.  An immediate family member is considered to be a grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse, in-law, aunt, uncle, or child.
  2. Summons to appear in court or jury duty. A copy of the summons is required.
  3. Call to military service.  A copy of your orders to report is required.
  4. University sponsored event. Members of athletic teams, college bowl participants, etc. will be excused with proper notification.
  5. Debilitating illness or disability.Illnesses will be addressed on an individual basis. If a student is affected by an illness that is not debilitating, (i.e. flu, virus infection) which may result in the student missing one or more consecutive class sessions, that student will be marked as unexcused for the amount of days missed unless a doctor’s note is provided.

ROUTINE APPOINTMENTS, medical or otherwise, AND VACATION TRAVEL ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE Reasons for excused absences

It is the responsibility of the student to obtain notes or other information covered in class during an absence.

Other Policies

Classroom expectations and policies:

  • Students are expected to be prepared for lecture and lab by: 1) reading the text, lab manual and handouts prior to coming to class; 2) having paper and pen at hand
  • Students are expected to arrive a few minutes early in order to mentally prepare. If late arrival is unavoidable, the student should enter the class in a manner that creates as little disruption as possible.
  • Points will be deducted from assignments turned in late.
  • Student Conduct: Please refer to the MSU Student Handbook: ( for university policies related to student responsibilities, rights and activities. For example, see page 50 for valid grounds for an instructor drop (excessive absence, indifferent attitude, disruptive conduct, failure to meet class assignments), page 85 for the university's standards of conduct regarding classroom conduct and page 119 for definitions of academic dishonesty that may be subject to disciplinary action (cheating, plagiarism, and collusion).
  • CELL PHONES (and other electronic devices): (READ THIS TWICE, PLEASE) There are NO cell phones permitted to be out in this class. This class, as well as your other classes, requires your engagement, and cell phones serve to detract from that engagement. Additionally, your phone should be not only put away, but on “silent” (NOTE: vibrate is NOT silent). If your phone is out and/or in sight, you will be asked to put it away.
  • Similarly: use of laptops, tablets and other devices will not be permitted during lecture. The ability to take good notes is a skill that university students must be able to master. Further, classroom studies have shown that taking notes by hand increases engagement in the material. Simply transcribing the lecture word-for-word is not helpful.
  • Students with disabilities: It is the responsibility of the student to first contact Disability Support Services and then the instructor to determine what accommodations might be made for a disability. It will be the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to acquire notes. Any requests for accommodations must be made 2 weeks prior to the first exam.
  • The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. Furthermore, guns or other weapons create a coercive environment that is neither safe nor conducive to learning. Therefore weapons of any kind will not be permitted in my classroom. This includes guns, concealed or otherwise, regardless of licensure. Any student bringing a weapon to class or to lab will be immediately dropped from the course. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.
  • The instructor reserves the right to amend these rules as needed throughout the term.

E-mail Policy:

I will respond to e-mail during regular school hours (8:30 am – 5:00 pm M-F). I will make every effort to respond to e-mail sent during the week within 24 hours. Those sent over the weekend will be attended to on Monday.

Always include a subject line in your e-mail messages. It would be particularly helpful to include in the subject line the course number & section (i.e. BIOL 2144).

Exam Policies:

  • No make-up exams will be given in this course. If you must miss class during a midterm exam period, and it is an excusable absence (see above), then the cumulative portion of the final exam will be used to determine the missed midterm score. You must notify the instructor of problems prior to the start of the exam, and provide the appropriate documentation as soon as possible. Only one midterm exam will be substituted for in this manner.
  • Exams are not moved for congested midterm or finals schedules.

All electronic devices, including cell phones, must be completely turned off during exam periods. I will keep track of time and relay the information to the class.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at