Clinical Laboratory Sciences Syllabi


Syllabus for CLLS 4325
Advanced Microbiology / Mycology
Instructor:Janet Enderle, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)
Contact Information:Office: SHP 4.424
Phone: 4097723011
Course Description:The student will be given the opportunity to demonstrate:1) skills in advanced techniques for detection, isolation, identification, and determination of susceptibility of pathogenic, high virulence, and fastidious organisms, and 2) skills in analysis and problem-solving related to techniques necessary to assure the accuracy and validity of test results, 3) ability to determine possible pathogens and normal flora according to the body site from which the specimen was obtained 3) identify clinically significant fungi and yeasts, and; 4) perform procedures and techniques used for their identification.
Cognitive & Psychomotor Objectives:Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the appropriate collection of clinical specimens for microbiological examination for each body site.
  2. Perform appropriate processing, media selection, incubation, and testing of clinical specimens for the identification of pathogenic microorganisms and the separation of pathogens from normal flora, according to body site.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to identify pathogenic microorganisms in the presence of normal flora, given appropriate specimens and patient information.
  4. Discuss symptoms, appropriate testing, classification and treatment of clinically important viruses.
  5. Describe appropriate safety protocols for handling and transport of specimens for fungal culture.
  6. Perform appropriate processing, media selection, incubation and testing of clinical specimens to accomplish the identification of yeast and fungi.
  7. Identify characteristic structures associated with specific organisms.
  8. Associate specific types of mycotic infections with appropriate causative agents.
Affective Objectives:

Professional conduct such as teamwork, respect for colleagues, confidentiality, adhering to safety protocols, and ethical responsibility are expected of each student in both the lecture & laboratory components of the course. For each failure to comply, there will be a 2% decrease in the final course grade.

Attendance in class is expected. Excused absences are for personal illness and/or incapacitation. Other absences will be determined as excused or unexcused at the discretion of the instructors. Unexcused absences will result in a 2% reduction of the final course grade for each absence.

Methods of Evaluation:

Make-up Examinations/Practicals/Laboratory Exercises:
All make-up work and exams will conform to the standardized Make-up Policy of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department. There may arise occasions when due to illness or other personal matters, a student may be unable to attend an examination. The student is expected to inform the faculty as soon as possible. Make-ups will be arranged for excused absences only. These must be reported to the instructor prior to the missed examination. The faculty reserves the right to determine what is a reasonable excuse & verification of cause for an absence is required. Make up examinations may differ in form and content from the original examination, although the same class material will be covered. Missed labs may not be available to be made-up, as clinical laboratory personnel are presenting some labs. ATTENDANCE AT LABS IS CRUCIAL TO SUCCESS IN THIS COURSE. If laboratory make-up is possible, it must be done as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange to make-up a missed lab.



  1. Wearing of lab coats and gloves is REQUIRED.
  2. All data will be recorded on lab forms unless these are not available, in which case results will be recorded on the procedure handout. There will be NO transfer of lab results from scrap paper to worksheets or to a new form.
  3. All data will be recorded in non-erasable ink. White-out is UNACCEPTIBLE under any circumstances.
  4. If an error is made in recording any of the information on a worksheet, one line will be drawn through the incorrect material, this will be initialed, and the correction will be written to the side.
  5. For negative reactions either "neg", or "0" will be used. "-" will not be accepted.
  6. All data, labeling and explanations will be written clearly. "Clearly" will be defined as legible to the instructor.


General Policies of the School of Health Professions

Academic Progress:Information regarding the Student's academic progress in this course will be shared with their Academic Advisor and/or Department Chair. Student's making unsatisfactory progress will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs for assistance.
Academic Integrity:Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, and any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such an act. Procedures to be followed in the event of alleged academic dishonesty are described in the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, and the SAHS Student Handbook. Alleged academic dishonesty issues should be reported to the Student Affairs Officer.
Professional Behavior:As a part of a professional program, you are expected to conduct yourselves in a manner consistent with the level of trust and responsibility that will be placed on you when you are part of a health care team. You are expected to be honest in your dealings with your instructor and your peers. You are also expected to be able to follow instructions, to act with the utmost integrity, to follow safety protocols while in laboratory, to perform laboratory work with care, and to act in accordance with those standards characteristic of those we call "professionals."
Behavior during examinations, written and practical, will be monitored. Inappropriate behavior may result in pursuance of disciplinary action.
University Statement on Equality, Tolerance, and Affirmative Action:Please indicate by the end of the second week of the semester if you will need accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (Public Law 101-336). If the need for ADA accommodations should arise during the semester you will need to make your request within one week of returning to classes. You may contact your Instructor or the Office of Student Affairs.
Course Evaluation:Students will be given the opportunity to evaluate the instructor and course near the end of the course/semester. When submitting course evaluations students must follow the guidelines provided by the course instructor or the department.