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Microbiology Course Outline
Do we have an invisible world?
- What did our ancestors know?
- What is a systematic approach?
- What are different types of microorganisms?
How do we see the invisible world?
- What are the properties of light?
- What do we see peering into the invisible world?
- What types of instruments are used in microscopy?
- Why do we stain microscopic specimens?
Why are cells important?
- What is the theory of spontaneous generation?
- What are the foundations of modern cell theory?
- What are unique characteristics of prokaryotic cells?
- What are unique characteristics of eukaryotic cells?
How diverse are prokaryotes?
- What are the habitats, relationships, and microbiomes of prokaryotes?
- What is proteobacteria?
- What is the relationship between nonproteobacteria gram-negative bacteria and phototrophic bacteria?
- What is gram-positive bacteria?
- What is deeply branching bacteria?
- What is archaea?
What are types of eukaryotes in microbiology?
- What happens with unicellular eukaryotic parasites?
- What are parasitic helminths?
- What are characteristics of fungi?
- What is algae?
- What are lichens?
What are acellular pathogens?
- How are viruses spread?
- What happens in the viral life cycle?
- What makes up the isolation, culture, and identification of viruses?
- How are viroids and virusoids related to prions?
What is microbial biochemistry?
- What are organic molecules made of?
- What are carbohydrates?
- What are lipids?
- What are proteins made of?
- How is biochemistry used to identify microorganisms?
What all relates to microbial metabolism?
- How does energy, matter, and enzymes relate to metabolism?
- What does catabolism do with carbohydrates?
- What is cellular respiration?
- What happens in the process of fermentation?
- What is the difference in catabolism between lipids and proteins?
- What is photosynthesis?
- What is affected by biogeochemical cycles?
What is microbial growth?
- How do microbes grow?
- What are the oxygen requirements for microbial growth?
- What are the effects of pH in microbial growth?
- How does temperature relate to microbial growth?
- What other environmental conditions affect growth?
- What types of media is used for bacterial growth?
How is biochemistry involved in genome?
- How can we use microbiology to discover life’s secrets?
- What are the structures and functions of DNA?
- What are the structures and functions of RNA?
- What are the structures and functions of cellular genomes?
What are the mechanisms of microbial genetics?
- What are the functions of genetic material?
- How does DNA replication work?
- What is RNA transcription?
- What happens with translation in protein synthesis?
- What are mutations?
- How does asexual prokaryotes achieve genetic diversity?
- What is said about gene regulation in the Operon theory?
What modern applications are used in microbial genetics?
- How are the tools of genetic engineering used microbes?
- How are DNA, RNA, and protein visualized and characterized?
- How is whole genome methods related to pharmaceutical applications of genetic engineering?
- What happens in gene therapy?
Can microbial growth be controlled?
- How is microbial growth controlled?
- What kinds of physical methods are used to control microorganisms?
- What kinds of chemicals are used to control microorganisms?
- Why is it important to test the effectiveness of antiseptics and disinfectants?
How do antimicrobial drugs work?
- What is the history of chemotherapy and antimicrobial discovery?
- What are the fundamentals of antimicrobial chemotherapy?
- What are the mechanisms of antibacterial drugs?
- What are the mechanisms of other antimicrobial drugs?
- How does drug resistance develop?
- How is the effectiveness of antimicrobials tested?
- What are the current strategies for antimicrobial discovery?
What are the microbial mechanisms of pathogenicity?
- What are the major characteristics of different infectious diseases?
- How do pathogens cause disease?
- What are the virulence factors of bacterial and viral pathogens?
- What are the virulence factors of eukaryotic pathogens?
How does epidemiology explain different diseases?
- What is the language of epidemiologists?
- How are infectious diseases tracked?
- What are the different modes of disease transmission?
- Who oversees global public health initiatives?
What are innate nonspecific host defenses?
- What physical defenses do bodies have against infection and disease?
- How do chemicals in the body defend against infections and diseases?
- What cellular defenses exist in the body?
- What is the relationship between pathogen recognition and phagocytosis?
- Why do inflammation and fevers occur?
How do adaptive specific host defenses function?
- What is specific adaptive immunity?
- How are major histocompatibility complexes and antigen presenting cells identified?
- What is the relationship between T lymphocytes and cellular immunity?
- What is the relationship between B lymphocytes and humoral immunity?
- Why are vaccines important?
What major diseases affect the immune system?
- What are the characteristics, mechanisms, and major examples of hypersensitivities?
- Why do autoimmune disorders develop?
- How is organ transplantation conducted?
- What are the causes of and treatments for immunodeficiencies?
- What is cancer immunobiology and immunotherapy?
How is the laboratory analysis of the immune response conducted?
- How are polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies produced?
- How are antigen-antibody complexes detected?
- What are agglutination assays?
- What are the similarities and differences between EIAs and ELISAs?
- What are fluorescent antibody techniques?
What are the effects of skin and eye infections?
- What is the anatomy and normal microbiota of the skin and eyes?
- What are the most common bacterial infections of the skin and eyes?
- How do viral infections affect skin and eyes?
- What are some common mycoses of the skin?
- How do protozoan and helminthic infections affect the skin and eyes?
How do respiratory system infections develop?
- What is the anatomy and normal microbiota of the respiratory tract?
- How do bacterial infections affect the respiratory tract?
- How do viral infections affect the respiratory tract?
- What are respiratory mycoses?
In whats ways do infections affect the urogenital system?
- What is the anatomy and normal microbiota of the urogenital tract?
- What are the common types of bacterial infection that affect the urinary system?
- How do bacterial infections affect the reproductive system?
- How do viral infections affect the reproductive system?
- How do fungal infections affect the reproductive system?
What are the protozoan infections of the urogenital system?
- What is the anatomy and normal microbiota of the digestive system?
- What are the major characteristics of microbial diseases of the mouth and oral cavity?
- How do bacterial infections affect the gastrointestinal tract?
- How do viral infections affect the gastrointestinal tract?
- What are the major protozoan infections of the gastrointestinal tract?
- How do helminthic infections affect the gastrointestinal tract?
What infections affect the circulatory and lymphatic systems?
- What is the anatomy of the circulatory and lymphatic systems?
- How do bacterial infections affect the circulatory and lymphatic systems?
- How do viral infections affect the circulatory and lymphatic systems?
- What are the effects of parasitic infections on the circulatory and lymphatic systems?
How do nervous system infections develop and evolve?
- What is the anatomy of the nervous system?
- How do bacterial diseases affect the nervous system?
- What are the different acellular diseases of the nervous system?
- How do fungal and parasitic diseases affect the nervous system?
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About the book
Microbiology covers the scope and sequence requirements for a single-semester microbiology course for non-majors. The book presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health. The pedagogical features of the text make the material interesting and accessible while maintaining the career-application focus and scientific rigor inherent in the subject matter. Microbiology’s art program enhances students’ understanding of concepts through clear and effective illustrations, diagrams, and photographs. Microbiology is produced through a collaborative publishing agreement between OpenStax and the American Society for Microbiology Press. The book aligns with the curriculum guidelines of the American Society for Microbiology.