BIMD 202L 01: Introduction to Medical Microbiology Laboratory

BIMD 202L - Introduction to Medical Microbiology Laboratory

2023 Fall Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 2417

Course Information

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Times and Location

TR 11am-12:50pm in Columbia Hall, B732

Instructor Information

Monica Norby


2023 Fall Office Hours:
Zoom Personal Meeting Room: 2673599431
Office Hours: By appointment only — Please use Starfish Appointment Scheduler

Rachel Chisholm


Office: B700

Course Description

An introductory laboratory course in the isolation and identification of all types of microorganisms with an emphasis on those that cause disease. Four hours laboratory per week.

Related Sections

  • BIMD 202 01 - Introduction to Medical Microbiology Lecture: Does Not Meet, Monica Norby
  • BIMD 202 02 - Introduction to Medical Microbiology Lecture: MWF 11:15am-12:05pm, Monica Norby

Learning Outcomes

A student successfully completing BIMD 202L will:

1.Goal #1 - Demonstrate proficiency in microbiology laboratory techniques.

  • correctly use a brightfield microscope to view and interpret slides
  • properly prepare slides of microbial examination
  • properly use aseptic techniques for the transfer and handling of microorganisms
  • correctly use standard microbiology laboratory equipment

2.Goal #2 – Demonstrate laboratory reasoning skills.

  • accurately interpret growth on microbiological media
  • plan and carry out experiments to accurately identify microorganisms
  • analyze results from test systems to accurately identify microorganisms

Course Materials

Required Laoratory Supplies

  1. Procedures for the Undergraduate Microbiology Laboratory. Only available at the UND Bookstore or print from Blackboard.
  2. Flexible 3-ring binder for “Procedures for the Undergraduate Microbiology Laboratory”
  3. Box of gloves. Available at the UND Bookstore or other locations.
  4. Black Sharpie marker, pencils, and/or pens to be used exclusively for lab (will be left in your drawer)
  5. Top Hat Pro subscription ( A full breakdown of all subscription options available can be found here: If you are using Top Hat in multiple courses, you only need to purchase one subscription. The same subscription can be used across all of your courses.

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Minimum Technical Skills Needed

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  • Download and open electronic documents
  • Create, save, and upload/attach electronic documents
  • Send, receive, and manage email

Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.

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Example and optional addition: What Should Students Do First?

Prior to the start of the first week you should have reviewed the syllabus and taken the Syllabus Quiz.

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  1. The student will review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.
  2. The student will access and follow all course instructions found in the weekly area of the Blackboard course.
  3. The student will participate in any lecture or discussion sessions on campus or online as provided and as part of this course.
  4. The student will complete and submit assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. by the dated noted and in the manner described in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use Central Standard Time for due dates and times.
  5. The student will participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from instructor and/or peers.

Instructor Responsibilities and Feedback

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  • The instructor will provide feedback on all assignments and group activities by Wednesday of the following week.
  • The instructor will be available during appointed Office Hours to answer questions, provide feedback, and offer advice.


If you need to contact me or your TA, email is the best and easiest way. Please use your UND email account. Be sure to indicate which class you are in.


Pre-Lab (23%)

Top Hat Pre-lab Assignments90

These will provide background on the concepts and procedures that will be covered in lab.

Post Lab (45%)

Top Hat Post-lab Assessments180

These will assess understanding of concepts covered in lab.

Morphologic Unknown (5%)

Morphologic Unknown20

These will assess procedural knowledge and concept understanding of the Gram stain and microscopy. It is completed in lab and no make-up available for the Morphological Unknown.

Clinical Challenge (15%)

Clinical Challenge60

These will assess procedural knowledge and laboratory reasoning skills. The clinical challenge is completed in lab and no make-up is available.

Lab Practical (13%)

Lab Practical50

These will assess understanding of concepts covered in lab. The lab practical will be open book and administered on Top Hat as a timed exam.

Assessment Summary

Assignment Points
Pre-Lab Assignments (18 x 5(  90
Post-Lab Reviews (18)


Morphologic Unknown


Clinical Challenge


Lab Practical




Final Grade Scale

90-100% A

80-89% B

70-79% C

60-69% D

< 59% F

Total points will be carried out to the tenths place value and rounded up to the nearest whole number for the final grade (≥5 is rounded up). For example, if your final grade is 79.4%, that would round to a 79% and you would have a C. If your final grade is 79.6%, that would round to an 80% and you will have a B. No exceptions will be made to this rounding.

Any suspected errors in grading must be called to my attention via e-mail.

Course Policies

The BIMD 202 Lab Experience

Pre-lab completed on Top Hat. Prelab must be completed before coming to lab to prepare you for the experience. Late pre-labs will result in a 50% score reduction and must be communicated via email to the instructor.

Lab Experience completed at Columbia Hall labs. Allows engagement in hands-on learning while you complete the exercises described in the pre-lab. Attendance is required. All missed labs must have prior approval from instructor of record and TA. Unexcused, missed labs will result in a 50% reduced score on post labs.

Post-lab completed on Top Hat. Post-labs reflect on the lab experience by asking questions that aim to assess your understanding of the concepts. Late pre-labs will result in a 50% score reduction and must be communicated via email to the instructor.

Attendance and Completion Policies

It is expected that you complete all pre-lab/post-lab Top Hat assignments as outlined in the Top Hat course. Points will be awarded on successful completion of each assignment. Pre-lab assignments must be completed prior to the start of each lab. Post-lab reviews will be due one week after a lab experience has concluded. Watch the due dates listed in Top Hat for specific dates and times. All items will be due at class time on the due date.

It is expected that you will attend all lab sessions. If you are unable to attend a lab for any reason, please let your instructor and TA know prior to lab.

Safety Expectations & Protocols

In order to be admitted into labs, students must always demonstrate appropriate conduct. Examples include:

  • being prepared before coming to lab
  • arriving to lab on time
  • cleaning lab benches before and after performing experiments
  • listening to and following instructions given by TA
  • wearing a lab coat (provided for you)
  • wearing close-toed shoes that cover the top of the foot
  • tying long hair back
  • caring for all laboratory equipment properly
  • turning off your ceramic heater burner before leaving lab
  • working on individual unknowns independently
  • participating in group experiments and projects
  • completing all experiments
  • washing hands before leaving the lab

Every student will sign a Laboratory Safety Agreement before the start of the first lab.

Because of the nature of the organisms that we work with in microbiology, cell phones and computers should not be used in the lab. Failure to dress properly and adhere to all safety regulations and rules of the microbiology lab may result in denied admission to the lab and failure of the course.

Immune-compromised students (including those who are pregnant or may become pregnant) and students living with or caring for an immune-compromised individual should consult a physician to determine the appropriate level of participation in the laboratory.

Proper labeling and disposing of laboratory materials is imperative in the microbiology lab.

  • All cultures must be clearly labeled to include the experiment number and the name of student(s). Do not place tape or write on the caps of tubes. You may write on the tube itself, but do not write on the cap. Write on the bottom (media side) of Petri plates.
  • After use, commercially prepared slides must be wiped with a KimWipe and a lens cleaning wipe, then placed back in their slide carton.
  • Slides prepared by students and disposable pipettes must be placed in the covered flat plastic pans (coffins) containing disinfectant in the center of the lab bench.
  • Place used gloves in the container marked biohazard only.
  • Petri plates must be bundled with masking tape and placed in the biohazard container.
  • Paper towels must be thrown in the regular wastepaper basket.
  • Unused media and supplies should be placed back on the top shelf of the cart.
  • After a tube or plate has been opened, it should be considered contaminated, and should not be put back with the original stock. 

College/Department Policies

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University of North Dakota Policies & Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services

The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email or by phone at 701.777.2664.


UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully.  Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom.   If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.

UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or

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UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.

Pregnancy Accommodations

Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.

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Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).