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

    Welcome to Microbiology 101!

    • Essential Information

  • 2

    Chapter 1: An Invisible World

    • An Invisible World

    • An Invisible World Quiz

  • 3

    Chapter 2: How We See the Invisible World

    • 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

    Chapter 3: The Cell

    • The Cell

    • Introduction to Cells

    • The Cell Quiz

  • 5

    Chapter 4: Prokaryotic Diversity

    • Prokaryotic Diversity

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

    • In-Depth: Archaea

    • Prokaryotic Diversity Quiz

  • 6

    Chapter 5: The Eukaryotes of Microbiology

    • The Eukaryotes of Microbiology

    • In-Depth: Protists and Fungi

    • Eukaryotes of Microbiology Quiz

  • 7

    Chapter 6: Acellular Pathogens

    • Acellular Pathogens

    • In-Depth: Viruses

    • Acellular Pathogens Quiz

  • 8

    Chapter 7: Microbial Biochemistry

    • Microbial Biochemistry

    • Overview: Protein structure and folding

    • Microbial Biochemistry Quiz

  • 9

    Chapter 8: Microbial Metabolism

    • Microbial Metabolism

    • Cellular Respiration in a Nutshell

    • Fermentation

    • Microbial Metabolism Quiz

  • 10

    Chapter 9: Microbial Growth

    • Microbial Growth

    • Microbial Growth Quiz

  • 11

    Chapter 10: Biochemistry of the Genome

    • Biochemistry of the Genome

    • Overview: DNA vs RNA

    • Biochemistry of the Genome Quiz

  • 12

    Chapter 11: Mechanisms of Microbial Genetics

    • Mechanisms of Microbial Genetics

    • In-depth: DNA replication

    • Mechanisms of Microbial Genetics Quiz

  • 13

    Chapter 12: Modern Applications of Microbial Genetics

    • Modern Applications of Microbial Genetics

    • In-depth: Gel electrophoresis

    • In-depth: PCR

    • Modern Applications of Microbial Genetics Quiz

  • 14

    Chapter 13: Control of Microbial Growth

    • Control of Microbial Growth

    • Control of Microbial Growth Quiz

  • 15

    Chapter 14: Antimicrobial Drugs

    • Antimicrobial Drugs

    • Antimicrobial Drugs Quiz

  • 16

    Chapter 15: Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity

    • Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity

    • Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity Quiz

  • 17

    Chapter 16: Diseases and Epidemiology

    • Diseases and Epidemiology

    • The World Health Organization

    • Diseases and Epidemiology Quiz

  • 18

    Chapter 17: Innate Nonspecific Host Defences

    • Innate Nonspecific Host Defences

    • The immune system in a nutshell

    • Innate Nonspecific Host Defences Quiz

  • 19

    Chapter 18: Adaptive Specific Host Defences

    • Adaptive Specific Host Defences

    • How do vaccines work?

    • Adaptive Specific Host Defences Quiz

  • 20

    Chapter 19: Diseases of the Immune System

    • Diseases of the Immune System

    • Diseases of the Immune System Quiz

  • 21

    Chapter 20: Laboratory Analysis of the Immune System

    • Laboratory Analysis of the Immune System

    • Overview: monoclonal antibodies

    • Laboratory Analysis of the Immune System Quiz

  • 22

    Chapter 21: Skin and Eye Infections

    • Skin and Eye Infections

    • In-depth: Candida

    • In-depth: Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    • In-depth: Staphylococcus aereus

    • Skin and Eye Infections Quiz

  • 23

    Chapter 22: Respiratory System Infections

    • Respiratory System Infections

    • Overview: pneumonia

    • Respiratory System Infections Quiz

  • 24

    Chapter 23: Urogenital System Infections

    • Urogenital System Infections

    • Overview: Leptospira

    • In-depth: Gonorrhoea

    • In-depth: Chlamydia

    • In-depth: Syphilis

    • Urogenital System Infections Quiz

  • 25

    Chapter 24: Digestive System Infections

    • Digestive System Infections

    • In-depth: Gingivitis and periodontitis

    • In-depth: Trichomoniasis

    • Digestive System Infections Quiz

  • 26

    Chapter 25: Circulatory and Lymphatic System Infections

    • Circulatory and Lymphatic System Infections

    • In-depth: Malaria

    • Circulatory and Lymphatic System Infections Quiz

  • 27

    Chapter 26: Nervous System Infections

    • Nervous System Infections

    • In-depth: Meningitis

    • In-depth: Poliomyelitis

    • Nervous System Infections Quiz

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