Why study microbiology?

The study of microorganisms

Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, and along with biology, chemistry, and anatomy & physiology, provides part of the foundations of basic sciences that a health or fitness professional should know.

Note: This course is (along with biology, chemistry, and anatomy & physiology) part of the Certificate in Foundations of Health Sciences, our bridging course into further study (HPN1, and HPN2).

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Essential Information

  2. 2
    • An Invisible World

    • An Invisible World Quiz

  3. 3
    • How We See the Invisible World

    • Leeuwenhoek and Microscopic Life

    • Microscopes and How to Use a Light Microscope

    • How We See the Invisible World Quiz

  4. 4
    • The Cell

    • Introduction to Cells

    • The Cell Quiz

  5. 5
    • Prokaryotic Diversity

    • In-Depth: Gram-Positive versus Gram-Negative Bacteria

    • In-Depth: Archaea

    • Prokaryotic Diversity Quiz

  6. 6
    • The Eukaryotes of Microbiology

    • In-Depth: Protists and Fungi

    • Eukaryotes of Microbiology Quiz

  7. 7
    • Acellular Pathogens

    • In-Depth: Viruses

    • Acellular Pathogens Quiz

  8. 8
    • Microbial Biochemistry

    • Overview: Protein structure and folding

    • Microbial Biochemistry Quiz

  9. 9
    • Microbial Metabolism

    • Cellular Respiration in a Nutshell

    • Fermentation

    • Microbial Metabolism Quiz

  10. 10
    • Microbial Growth

    • Microbial Growth Quiz

  11. 11
    • Biochemistry of the Genome

    • Overview: DNA vs RNA

    • Biochemistry of the Genome Quiz

  12. 12
    • Mechanisms of Microbial Genetics

    • In-depth: DNA replication

    • Mechanisms of Microbial Genetics Quiz

  13. 13
    • Modern Applications of Microbial Genetics

    • In-depth: Gel electrophoresis

    • In-depth: PCR

    • Modern Applications of Microbial Genetics Quiz

  14. 14
    • Control of Microbial Growth

    • Control of Microbial Growth Quiz

  15. 15
    • Antimicrobial Drugs

    • Antimicrobial Drugs Quiz

  16. 16
    • Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity

    • Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity Quiz

  17. 17
    • Diseases and Epidemiology

    • The World Health Organization

    • Diseases and Epidemiology Quiz

  18. 18
    • Innate Nonspecific Host Defences

    • The immune system in a nutshell

    • Innate Nonspecific Host Defences Quiz

  19. 19
    • Adaptive Specific Host Defences

    • How do vaccines work?

    • Adaptive Specific Host Defences Quiz

  20. 20
    • Diseases of the Immune System

    • Diseases of the Immune System Quiz

  21. 21
    • Laboratory Analysis of the Immune System

    • Overview: monoclonal antibodies

    • Laboratory Analysis of the Immune System Quiz

  22. 22
    • Skin and Eye Infections

    • In-depth: Candida

    • In-depth: Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    • In-depth: Staphylococcus aereus

    • Skin and Eye Infections Quiz

  23. 23
    • Respiratory System Infections

    • Overview: pneumonia

    • Respiratory System Infections Quiz

  24. 24
    • Urogenital System Infections

    • Overview: Leptospira

    • In-depth: Gonorrhoea

    • In-depth: Chlamydia

    • In-depth: Syphilis

    • Urogenital System Infections Quiz

  25. 25
    • Digestive System Infections

    • In-depth: Gingivitis and periodontitis

    • In-depth: Trichomoniasis

    • Digestive System Infections Quiz

  26. 26
    • Circulatory and Lymphatic System Infections

    • In-depth: Malaria

    • Circulatory and Lymphatic System Infections Quiz

  27. 27
    • Nervous System Infections

    • In-depth: Meningitis

    • In-depth: Poliomyelitis

    • Nervous System Infections Quiz

  28. 28
    • Microbiology 101 Notes Pages

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