BIMD 202L 02: Introduction to Medical Microbiology Laboratory

BIMD 202L - Introduction to Medical Microbiology Laboratory

2023 Fall Syllabus, Section 02, CRN 2418

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

Times and Location


Instructor Information

Monica Norby, Dr.

Instructor of Record


2023 Fall Office Hours:
Office Hours: By appointment only — Please use Starfish Appointment Scheduler
Columbia Hall B700, SMHS W128, or Zoom Personal Meeting Room: 2673599431

Office Phone: 701-777-4970

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 Access

McGraw-Hill Connect 

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Course Logistics

Course Overview

Prior to the start of the first week you should have reviewed the syllabus and completed the orientation resources on Connect. Every Monday your previous week's materials are due before 8:00 am and your new lab materials will open after 8:00 am. 

The BIMD 202 Lab Experience

Pre-lab completed on Connect prior to beginning a week's labs. You have two chances for getting the correct answer with the pre-lab. Late pre-labs will not be accepted and will result in a zero unless approved by instructor PRIOR to due date. Follow the course schedule and Connect closely to avoid missed pre-labs. 

Lab Experience completed on Connect as a virtual lab. Each week will have a series of virtual labs for you to complete. These virtual labs will take you step-by-step through each lab experience just as though you were in person in a lab. Late labs will not be accepted and will result in a zero unless approved by instructor PRIOR to due date. Follow the course schedule and Connect closely to avoid missed labs. 

Post-lab completed on Connect. Post-labs reflect on the lab experience by asking questions that aim to assess your understanding of the concepts.  You have two chances for getting the correct answer with the post-lab. Late post-labs will not be accepted and will result in a zero unless approved by instructor PRIOR to due date. Follow the course schedule and Top Hat closely to avoid missed post-labs. 


Email is the best method of contact. If you are sending an email to Dr. Norby please use your UND email account and indicate your class/section. (For example BIMD 202L/ONLINE).

Emails will be responded to within 24 hours during the work week (Monday-Friday). Emails sent on the weekend will be responded to by 5:00 pm on Monday. 


Pre-Lab (13%)

Connect Pre-lab Assignments75

There are 15 prelab assignments; each is 5 points. These will provide background on the concepts and procedures that will be covered in lab. Due before 8:00 am each Monday. 

Lab Exercises (40%)

Connect Lab Exercises230

There are 46 Laboratory simulations with with 2-5 assigned each week; each is 5 points. These will walk you through the normal steps in a laboratory to complete these procedures. Due before 8:00 am each Monday. 

Post Lab (39%)

Connect Post-lab Assessments225

There are 15 Post Lab assignments; each is 15 points. These will assess understanding of concepts covered in lab. Due before 8:00 am each Monday. 

Lab Practical (9%)

Lab Practical50

This will assess understanding of concepts covered in lab through the semester. The lab practical will be open book and administered on Connect as a timed exam. You will be able to start the exam at any time, but you will have a set time to complete it once started. 

Assessment Summary

Assignment Points
Pre-Lab Assignments (15)  75
Laboratory Simulation Exercises (46)


Post-Lab Assessments (15)


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.

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Week of Reading(s): Agenda/Topic: Due:
8/21 Syllabus & Lab Saftey
All assignments Due 8/28 @ 8:00 am
Week 1 Prelab
Virtual Labs Tutorial
Personal Safety
Hand Washing Procedure
Week 1 Post Lab
8/28 Ubiquity of Microorganisms & Media Transfer Procedures All assignments Due 9/4 @ 8:00 am
Week 2 Prelab
Broth to Agar plate
Broth to Broth
Slant to Slant
Week 2 Post Lab
9/4 Microscopy All assignments Due 9/11 @ 8:00 am
Week 3 Prelab
Oil Immersion
Wet Mount
Diversity of Microorganisms
Post Lab
9/11 Smear Preparation & Gram staining All assignments Due 9/18 @ 8:00 am
Week 4 Prelab
Smear preparation
Gram staining
Week 4 Post lab
9/18 Special stains All assignments Due 9/25 @ 8:00 am
Week 5 Prelab
Acid-Fast staining
Capsule staining
Spore staining
Week 5 Post lab
9/25 Bacterial isolation methods 1 All assignments Due 10/2 @ 8:00 am
Week 6 Prelab
Pour plating
Streak Plating
Week 6 Post lab
10/2 Bacterial isolation methods 2 All assignments Due 10/9 @ 8:00 am
Week 7 Prelab
Optical Density
Colony Counting
Quantitative Dilution
Week 7 Post lab
10/9 Microbial growth 1 All assignments Due 10/16 @ 8:00 am
Week 8 Prelab
Osmotic Pressure Effects
pH Effects
Temperature Effects
Week 8 Post lab
10/16 Microbial growth 2 All assignments Due 10/23 @ 8:00 am
Week 9 Prelab
Anaerobic Jar
Thioglycolate Tubes
Yeast Fermentation
Week 9 Post Lab
10/23 Transport All assignments Due 10/30 @ 8:00 am
Week 10 Prelab
Active/Passive Transport
Week 10 Post lab
10/30 Microbial control 1 All assignments Due 11/6 @ 8:00 am
Week 11 Prelab
Antiseptics & Disinfectants Effects
Ultraviolet Light Effects
Week 11 Post Lab
11/6 Microbial control 2 All assignments Due 11/13 @ 8:00 am
Week 12 Prelab
Antimicrobic Testing
Antibiotic Resistant
Week 12 Post lab
11/13 Genetics 1 All assignments Due 11/20 @ 8:00 am
Week 13 Prelab
Bacterial Transformation
Transcription, Translation, Mutation
Week 13 Post Lab
11/20 Genetics 2 All assignments Due 11/27 @ 8:00 am
Week 14 Prelab
DNA Profiling
Rapid Testing
Week 14 Post lab
11/27 Bacterial Unknown Identification 1 All assignments Due 12/4 @ 8:00 am
Week 15 Prelab
Unknown Identification Samples 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
Week 15 Post lab
12/4 Bacterial Unknown Identification 2 All assignments Due 12/11 @ 8:00 am
Week 16 Prelab
Unknown Identification Samples 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10
Week 16 Post lab
12/11 Final Comprehensive Final
Final Due 12/14 @ 5:00 pm


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Course Policies

Completion Policies

It is expected that you complete all pre-labs, lab simulations, and post-labs on Connect as outlined in the course. Points will be awarded on successful completion of each assignment.

Watch the due dates listed in Connect. All items will be due before 8:00 am on the due date with the exception of the lab final. The lab final has a different due time and day of the week as listed in course material and Connect.

All late submissions must be approved by the instructor PRIOR to the due date. No late submissions without PRIOR approval will be accepted. 

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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.

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