Microbiology for Nursing Professionals – BIOL 204

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An examination of the fundamental principles of microscopic organisms. Microorganisms are examined with regard to cell structure, growth, heredity, diversity, and epidemiology. The basic concepts of pathogenicity, immunology, human disease, and genetic engineering are presented. 


BIOL 215 and BIOL 216; Restricted to online students with an RN license pursuing a BSN


This course confronts student nurses with the vast unseen microbial diversity that represents a critical factor in the health of their future patients. Understanding the fundamentals of microbes brings rationality to the design of standard clinical practices the student nurse regularly performs.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify intelligent design, irreducible complexity in bacteria cells, and interwoven complexity in human tissues.
  2. Discuss examples of intelligent design, irreducible complexity in bacteria cells, and interwoven complexity in human tissues.
  3. Recognize clinically relevant microbes in a fallen world.
  4. Recall how microbiologists have set about to control and treat pathogens for the good of mankind.
  5. Demonstrate competence in microbiology lab skills, such as aseptic technique and culturing bacteria.
  6. Demonstrate competence in communicating and documenting laboratory data, such as disc-diffusion data and measuring microbial growth via colony counts.
  7. Demonstrate the use and limitations of the scientific method in the design of experiments.
  8. Demonstrate the use and limitations of the scientific method in the conduction of experiments.

Course Assignment

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

The student will have four discussion board forums throughout the course. Threads will be based on an assigned research topic and they are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned module/week. A reply to at least 1 other student’s thread must be posted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the same module/week.

The student will complete chapter reviews that correspond with the weekly textbook readings. The reviews consist of 10 questions for each chapter in the assigned reading (with the exception of the Genesis of Germs online chapters for which there are no questions). There is no time limit for the reviews and they can be repeated multiple times. It is strongly recommended that these are completed prior to the quiz or exam due in the assigned modules/weeks.

Labs will be graded based on the quality of the student’s written interpretations of their results and other questions asked in the lab exercises. Labs must be ordered right away to ensure enough time for supplies to arrive for the first assignment. Labs are a vital component of this course. Labs will be due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned module/week.

Beginning in Module/Week 1, quizzes will be administered every other module/week. Quizzes will cover the material between exams and will predominantly contain multiple-choice questions. The student must be certain that he/she can accurately answer appropriate in-class and textbook questions before attempting these quizzes. The student will have 45 minutes to finish each quiz.

Exams differ from quizzes in that they are comprehensive in nature, covering everything from the module/week prior to the exam and the module/week in which the exam is assigned. Exams will contain multiple-choice questions. The student will have 90 minutes to finish each exam.