Fall 2016
Syllabus / Lecture Schedule

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Dr. Kenneth Chapman
241 Burrill Hall
Office Hours (Fall Term):
Monday, Wednesday, 3:15 - 5 pm, and by appointment


Room 114 Smith Memorial Hall
2:00 - 2:50 PM


This course provides an introduction to the principle activities and properties of microorganisms, including: Bacteria, Archaea, Yeasts, Molds, Protozoa and Viruses.

The material to be covered includes:

  • a survey of microbial diversity
  • the history of the development of concepts regarding microorganisms
  • microbial metabolic processes such as fermentation and photosynthesis
  • infections and host-parasite interactions
  • host resistance and immunity to infection
  • public health and communicable diseases
  • the roles of microorganisms in food products and spoilage
  • the roles of microorganisms in sewage treatment, agriculture and the environment

There are no prerequisites for MCB 100 but some chemistry is recommended.


By Bauman
ISBN 1-323-47025-5


Grades are based on a 450 point scale.

Your grade in MCB100 will be determined by how many points you earn in the following areas:

300 points are possible

100 points are possible

Group Discussions
50 points are possible


A+ to A- = 450 – 405 points or 100% to 90.0%
B+ to B- = 377 – 336 points or 89.9% to 80.0%
C+ to C- = 335 – 294 points or 79.9% to 70.0%
D+ to D- = 293 – 252 points or 69.9% to 60.0%

A+ more than 435 points
A 435 - 420 points
A- 419 - 405 points

B+ 404 - 390 points
B 389 - 375 points
B- 374 - 360 points

C+ 359 - 345 points
C 344 - 330 points
C- 329 - 315 points

D+ 314 - 300 points
D 299 - 285 points
D- 284 - 270 points

F less than 270 points



There are two hourly exams that are each worth 100 points. 
The final exam is also worth 100 points. 
I will not be dropping any exam scores this semester.

Cheating on exams will not be tolerated.  If you are caught cheating your exam will be confiscated and you will get a zero.

There will be a conflict exam scheduled for the day before each exam.

There are no make up exams
.  If you must miss an exam due to illness, family tragedy, a University sponsored trip, jury duty, military service etc. contact Dr. Chapman as soon as humanly possible.   If you must miss an exam and are granted an excused absence I will prorate your grade on the basis of your scores from the other two exams.  Circumstances leading to a missed exam will be considered on a case by case basis and the instructor’s decision about granting you an excused absence or not is final.  If you know in advance that you will have to miss an exam contact Dr. Chapman to sign up to take the conflict exam.   If you can’t take an exam at the regular time and you can’t take the conflict exam at the time it is scheduled, contact Dr. Chapman and explain why you should be granted an excused absence so you can get a prorated exam score.


     There will be ten homework problem sets worth 10 points each to make up 100 points of your grade.  These problems will be done using the LON-CAPA system. A link to the LON-CAPA system can be found on the home page of the MCB100 course web site.   More information about how to get on and use LON-CAPA is found on the last page of this document.

Missed Homework
     Each homework set has a due date.  Missed homework sets will not be reopened.  Each homework set will be open for at least one week, so under most circumstances you should be able to complete all of them.  If you should miss a homework set, there will be one make-up problem set.

Group Discussion Activities

About the Textbook

It's not essential that you own a textbook, but it is very important that you read it.
(Well... actually, you need to STUDY the material in the textbook. That's a step above just reading it.)
Owning a copy of the text makes it easier to get one when you need to read it.
There are copies of the text on reserve in the Undergraduate Library, the Chemistry Library and the ACES Library.

Study the textbook. Sometimes the text author will explain things differently than I do and that can be helpful. If you don't understand everything in a lecture, you can read the text and it might clear things up. If you read the assigned chapter before the lecture, I might clarify some of the confusing points in the text. (The second professor to explain something to you is always the brilliant one.) Also, the exams may include questions over material assigned in the text that is not covered in depth in lecture and the review questions at the ends of the chapters are good practice for the exams. Information that you will need to correctly answer the homework problems can be found in the textbook. Sometimes you will have to read figure legends and tables.

There are several versions of Microbiology by Bauman, and they are all basically the same.

The best version of the text is the hardbound complete fourth edition - with diseases by taxonomy.
This version has all of the most up-to-date material, includes all of the chapters I use and has additional material about pathogenic microorganisms that I donít have time to cover in depth in class. The paperback custom version that is sold in the bookstore is less expensive than a new hardbound edition and includes access to the e-text version of the book.

Most of the used books available are earlier editions. There are some differences between the fourth edition and the earlier editions. When I refer to a specific page or figure in my lecture notes, I will use the fourth edition. If you are using an earlier edition version of the book, you might have to look around a bit to find the material that I refer to but itís probably there. The first ed. is outdated now.

If you get a used copy of the text, it might be cheaper, but some segments might be outdated.

You can purchass access to an e-text version of the Bauman book through Pearson publishing company even if you don't buy a hard copy.