Sierra College Department of Biological Sciences


Bio. Sci. 4 - Microbiology Lecture Notes

Harriet Wilson, Instructor

The lecture notes included here are being compiled from notes used in class, but without diagrams or figures (many of which are available in the textbook). Questions appearing on quizzes and lecture exams will be written from information presented during lectures, and students are responsible for that information, not necessarily what is included here (although the two will cover the same topics). Attendance of all lecture presentations as well as laboratory sessions is highly recommended. Lecture files - Copyright 2008 Harriet S. Wilson. All Rights Reserved.

You now have the option to read lectures in PDF version OR listen to them in a audio / podcast form. It's your choice! I have many students who do both and swear they learn so much more by doing so. The printed lecture and the podcast file have the essentially the same content. To read the PDF lecture notes, just click below on the lecture topic you would like to download.

To listen to the audio/podcast episode, you must first have iTunes installed on your computer (free download for PCs and Macs). Then you need to click on the "Bio. Sci. 4 - Microbiology Audio/Podcast - Harriet Wilson" link below and you'll be taken to the Microbiology podcast on Sierra College's iTunes U site!

Once you click on the Microbiology podcast link, your computer may ask for your permission to launch iTunes and then you'll be taken directly to our podcast page. At the very bottom, scroll down until you find the episode (lecture notes) you want to listen to. At this point, you can either click on the file and listen to it directly through iTunes or download the audio file to your computer. To download the file, click "Get" or click "Subscribe" to automatically download all of the episodes. iTunes should create a "PlayList" on the left side of the iTunes window entitled "Sierra College" / "Bio Sci 4". Be sure your computer system audio is turned up and NOT on mute. Ready?

Do you already have iTunes installed on your computer? If not, click on the following link. If so, go directly to Harriet's iTunes U site as linked below.

"I need to download iTunes software now." (click on this link to go to the iTunes Web site and download the program - free)

Harriet Wilson's iTunes U site: (click on this link to find the audio/podcast lecture note files)

"Ok... I am ready, take me to the Microbiology Podcast on Sierra College's iTunes U site!"




Lecture Notes (PDF):

• History of Microbiology

• Life and Chemistry

• Cell Membrane

• Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function (Part 1)

• Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function (Part 2)

• Prokaryotic Cell Structure and Function

• Taxonomy and Identification (Classification) of Microorganisms

• Introduction to Prokaryotic Organisms, the Archaea and Bacteria

• Introduction to Fungi

• Introduction to Algae

• Introduction to Protozoa

• Introduction to Multicellular Parasites

• Microbial Nutrition and Growth

• Enzymes, ATP and Bioenergetics

• Fermentation and Cellular Respiration

• Photosynthesis and Biosynthesis

• DNA, RNA, Replication and Transcription

• RNA and Protein Synthesis

• Control of Metabolic Processes

• Genes and Mutations

• Mechanisms of Genetic Exchange

• Introduction to Viroids and Prions (and) Introduction to Viruses

• Control of Microorganisms

• Host Defense Mechanisms - Innate Immunity

• Host Defense Mechanisms - Adaptive or Acquired Immunity

• Immunization and Hypersensitivity

• Epidemiology (quickie version)

• Pathology and Mechanisms of Pathogenicity (quicky version)



Bio. Sci. Recommended Study Techniques (Web Version)



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