Fall 2019 - BISC 303 D100

Microbiology (4)

Class Number: 2659

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 102 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.



The biology of micro-organisms and their significance in the understanding of cellular processes. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work.


Students will be introduced to the unique biology of microorganisms as well as their importance to medicine. Lecture topics complement the lab exercises (see below) and will include: Taxonomy and Evolution, Microorganism growth and nutrition; sterilization, Microbial diversity - structure and function of bacteria, fungi and viruses, symbiosis, Immunology - vaccines, serology, Selected diseases, Antimicrobial agents and Bacterial genetics

Laboratory Component: The laboratory exercises familiarize students with basic techniques in microbiology. Labs will commence during the first week of classes. In addition to scheduled labs, for some exercises, students must attend open lab sessions to complete their experiments.


  • Lab Assignments 50%
  • Midterm Exam 15%
  • Final Exam 35%



Prescott’s Microbiology  10th Edition (2017) Connect (w/ Smartbook ebook) - ISBN 1259669939 by Willey, Sherwood and Wolverton,  McGraw Hill Higher Education

Note: there will be 2 hard copies on reserve in the library and some copies for purchase from the bookstore if students decide to buy the book rather than use the online edition. (ISBN 1259281590)

Registrar Notes:

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