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© 2021 Chester R. Cooper, Jr.

BIOL 3702: Microbiology Lecture Home Page

(January 3, 2021)

Welcome to the home page for Microbiology (BIOL 3702) as taught in the Department of Biological Sciences* at Youngstown State University.  This course been designed to adhere to the curriculum guidelines and learning outcomes established by the American Society for Microbiology.  This course requires a subscription to the CONNECT learning platform.  In addition, certain laboratory assignments will be administered through their own Blackboard section.

This syllabus is entirely web-based and constitutes the syllabus for BIOL 3702 and BIOL 3702L, the associated laboratory section of this course.  The various components of this syllabus can be accessed through the links at the lower portion of this web page.  Selected links are provided near the top of each syllabus web page.

As students are aware, the coronavirus pandemic has caused the delivery of various courses to be altered.  BIOL 3702 is presented this semester as an “agile hybrid” course.  For the lecture portion of BIOL 3702, students may attend each lecture period each week.  However, attendance of the lecture section is not required. In contrast, attendance of the assigned laboratory section is absolutely required).  The time students are in lecture will be used mainly to review materials that have been posted as formal lectures to the separate web page, Lecture/Laboratory Recordings.  At this time, unless circumstances dictate otherwise, there will be no online live lectures, but Dr. Cooper reserves that right to present a formal lecture to students online. 

As indicated above, attendance is required for the laboratory component, BIOL 3702L.  However, students will be assigned to attend in only one laboratory period each week instead of the normally two sessions per week.  As a consequence, laboratory activities will be lessened this semester.  Nonetheless, students should be aware that 1) work outside scheduled laboratory meetings shall be necessary and 2) although assigned to a particular day of the week, students should always be available to attend the non-assigned section.  Details regarding laboratory attendance 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 and the information understood by submitting a Syllabus Acknowledgement via CONNECT.  This acknowledgment is posted as a CONNECT assignment and must be received by the stated deadline.  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, students must submit the electronic version of the Laboratory Liability Waiver before stated deadline.  This waiver is posted to CONNECT as an assignment.  A student’s participation in laboratory shall be prohibited pending the proper submission of the wavier, i.e., a student agrees to the conditions stated therein.  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 which are contained within the collective web pages comprising this syllabus.  Therefore, here is a bit of whimsical, yet subliminal, sage advice for those who might have questions, yet shall not taken the time to review this web-based document for answers:

It is the student’s responsibility to read and understand the entire syllabus.  Questions regarding particular details once reviewed by the student are welcome.  However, when it is obvious that a student has not reviewed the syllabus, please do not be offended if Dr. Cooper replies to an inquiry by stating “It’s in the syllabus.”

Students in the Honors College, please note the following: For the Spring 2021 semester, Dr. Cooper will NOT be offering opportunities for Honors Contracting.

At the risk of facilitating email fatigue, students in BIOL 3702 should be aware that Dr. Cooper attempts to keep in regular communication via email.  Often these emails will arrive in the early morning (before 8:00 AM) and contain significant information.  Students are strongly advised to read all emails from Dr. Cooper in their entirety.  For the Spring semester Dr. Cooper will attempt to send a weekly email to all students summarizing the coming week’s activities. 

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.

Please report any “broken” links to Dr. Cooper

Coronavirus Safety


BIOL 3702L Home Page

Lecture/Laboratory Schedule

Assignment Deadlines

Lecture/Laboratory Recordings

Course Description

Learning Outcomes

Course Materials

Dr. Cooper’s Contact
Information/Office Hours

Syllabus Changes


Syllabus Acknowledgement

Liability Waiver


Open Lab Schedule



Lecture Videos

Laboratory Videos
[links to important videos]

ASM Recommended
Competencies and Skills


Other Important

Special Accommodations

Laboratory Exercises
[links to PDFs/other materials]

Email Communications


Laboratory Safety Rules

Sources Used

Standard Lab Practices

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Around the Micro Lab

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Distribution of Course Material

Instructor’s Manual

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Why This Web Page?

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It is possible that portions of this web page are not wholly in accord with the American with Disabilities Act.  If this is the case, a student currently enrolled in this course should contact Dr. Cooper (; 330.941.1361) and compliant material shall be provided as soon as practical.

© 2021 Chester R. Cooper, Jr.