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BIOL 3702 and BIOL 3702H Home Page

(August 19, 2020)

Welcome to the home page for Microbiology (BIOL 3702) and Honors Microbiology (BIOL 3702H), as taught in the Department of Biological Sciences* at Youngstown State University.  These courses have been designed to adhere to the curriculum guidelines and learning outcomes established by the American Society for Microbiology.  Both courses are combined in the required CONNECT learning platform as well as in Blackboard.  In addition, the laboratory components each have their own Blackboard section.

This syllabus is entirely web-based and constitutes the syllabus for BIOL 3702 and BIOL 3702H and their associated laboratory sections.  Particular portions, as indicated below, may apply only to one of the two courses.  Components of this syllabus can be accessed through the links at the lower portion of this web page.  A hard-copy of this syllabus is not being provided, but a composite summary of most of the major links can be downloaded as a PDF file (Brief Syllabus Summary).  This document is also available via the Blackboard section of this course and through CONNECT.

As presented in this syllabus, the lecture portion of both BIOL 3702 and BIOL 3702H are the same having identical expectations.  The difference is the laboratory experience.  BIOL 3702 students will participate in the traditional laboratory section (BIOL 3702L), which has its own web page (see below or click here).  In contrast, a separate, special laboratory experience has been established for honors students enrolled in BIOL 3702H.  A different set of laboratory expectations for BIOL 3702H students is described on a separate web page (see below or click here).

As students are aware, the coronavirus pandemic has caused the delivery of various courses to be altered.  For BIOL 3702 and BIOL 3702H, students will attend one assigned lecture period each week and one laboratory period each week.  The time students are in lecture will be used to review materials, participate in active learning assignments, and/or take quizzes.  All formal lectures will be recorded and the videos posted on the CONNECT learning platform specific for these courses.  There will be no online live lectures and students shall not attend lecture or lab sections for which they are not assigned.  There will be a few instances where students will meet online instead of the lecture hall.  Laboratory activities will be lessened this semester, but students should be aware that work outside schedule laboratory meetings may be necessary.  All details regarding the above matters can be found in this syllabus.


1)    All microbiology students must read the entire contents of this syllabus, both the lecture and the relevant laboratory sections, then acknowledge that this activity has been completed by submitting a Syllabus Acknowledgement via CONNECT/Blackboard.  This acknowledgment is posted to these platforms as an assignment and must be received by the end of the second week of the semester.  A student’s final course grade shall not be submitted without its receipt.  Correctly submitting the acknowledgement by the noted deadline will garner one bonus point for the student.

2)    Prior to participating in the laboratory components associated with BIOL 3702 or BIOL 3702H, students must submit the electronic version of the Laboratory Liability Waiver before attending the second laboratory session in which a student is enrolled.  This waiver is posted to CONNECT/Blackboard as an assignment.  A student’s participation in laboratory shall be prohibited pending receipt of the wavier.  Correctly submitting the waiver by the noted deadline will garner one bonus point for the student.

Obviously, there are quite a few details yet to reveal regarding this course.  Therefore, here is a bit of whimsical, yet subliminal, sage advice for those who might have questions yet shall not take the time to review this web-based document for answers:

As an aside to those not enrolled in this course, although this web page and the material contained herein is the intellectual property of Dr. Cooper, students and instructors of all educational institutions are welcome to “borrow” these materials and ideas provided the restrictions in the distribution of this material are followed.

for pete's sake logoFinally, one last thing – the first link that you should visit from this web page is the one entitled Coronavirus Safety Measures.  In these unusual times, all of us must follow specific safety protocols to protect one another.  These protocols shall be strictly enforced both in the lecture and laboratory sessions.  As the image on the left says . . .

*Recently, the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biological Sciences have been combined into one educational unit – the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences.  Despite the name change, there shall be no immediate impact upon the delivery of the educational experience of this course nor upon the degree program in Biological Sciences.

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