Microbiology  Student Learning Outcomes

Course Assessment Activities

Students in this course will be asked to participate in a variety of course assessment activities. Some of these activities will occur periodically throughout the semester and will be not be graded. The goal is to gather evidence to determine whether the course is accomplishing the defined Microbiology learning outcomes. Some of these activities will assess your own learning skills and some will address my teaching strategies; ultimately these assessment activities will contribute to improving the course and enhancing your knowledge of how you learn.

Microbiology Student Learning Outcomes

This class investigates new and exciting material about microbes and our world, including health concerns, microbial anatomy and physiology, genetics, epidemiology, and use of antimicrobials and disinfectants. Your grade will be based upon know and what you can do upon completion of this course. Expectations for this course are explicitly described in the table below:

Student Learning Outcomes for Microbiology B16


Specific Outcomes

Final Assessment Method

Knowledge/ Cognitive

Following Completion of the Microbiology Course (B16) students will be able to:


Cell Theory


Compare and contrast the characteristics for various microbes  with regards to infections, treatment, and control. (This includes prions, viruses, bacteria, protozoans, and multicellular parasites.)

Comparative table

Microbial Interactions

Explain the dynamics of commensal, opportunistic, and pathological relationships particularly between microbes and humans.

Case studies
Multiple choice exam questions

Microbial Control

Evaluate and apply the proper methods of microbial control necessary in sample scenarios or case studies

Case studies
Multiple choice exam questions

Microbial Metabolism

Describe microbial metabolic pathways in general terms and specifically evaluate the implications for food production and human disease.

Labeled diagram
Flow chart

Microbial Genetics

Summarize basic bacterial genetic principles and analyze consequences of mutation and genetic recombination.

Multiple choice exam questions
Case Study & Chart

Immune Response

Articulate and diagram the role of the immune system in maintaining homeostasis, challenging infections, and fighting cancer.

Flow chart

Skills/ Psychomotor

Following Completion of the Microbiology Course (B16) students will be able to:


Scientific Method Application

Apply the scientific method by stating a question; researching the topic; determining appropriate tests; performing tests; collecting, analyzing, and presenting data; and finally proposing new questions about the topic.

One team project (Senior Picnic lab) & One individual project (Unknown lab)

Lab Safety Skills

Correctly perform microbiologic lab skills and display a habit of good lab practices which extends to relevant situations in the studentís homes.

Components of labs and Gram stain and isolation skills test

Attitudes and behavior/ Affective

Following Completion of the Microbiology Course (B16) students will be able to:


Information Competency

Retrieve, evaluate, and use contemporary microbiologic information.

Project - Microbiologic Pamphlet or 3 D project



General Education Outcomes for Microbiology B16

These general education outcomes are assessed throughout the course using various projects, case studies, lab assignments, quizzes, and test questions.



Upon completing the BC Microbiology Course the student will be able to:

Analytical Skills

Apply the metric system using standard laboratory equipment. Systematically collect, organize, and present appropriate data in graphs, tables, or figures. Assess the validity of the data and interpret it correctly.

Ethics and Professionalism

Integrate knowledge and make informed judgments based upon sound assessment of data balanced with concern for individuals.

Information Competency  and Technology Skills

Access and evaluate microbiological data from a variety of sources including the Internet. Use technology to email, produce documents and create graphs and tables for reports.

Oral and Written Communication Skills

Exhibit oral and written communication competency through case studies, projects, and lab presentations.

Self-Learning Skills

Assess and describe their own preferred learning style and list steps to effectively improve their learning.

Systems Thinking and Creative Problem Solving Ability

Evaluate and analyze simulated and real patients by developing a differential diagnoses, identifying key factors, and determining a treatment strategy.

Teamwork and Project Management Skills

Effectively work in teams, managing time, tasks and personality differences; sharing results and analyses in order to arrive at a final collaborative product.


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