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Course SummaryReview the topics covered on the UExcel Microbiology test, including viruses, industrial microbiology lab techniques and more, with this interactive test prep course. Our video lessons and quizzes work like a portable, mobile-friendly study guide you can use any time to ace the test.
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About This Course
If you're looking for a way to significantly reduce the cost of your college education, consider using this UExcel Microbiology test prep course to earn three hours of college credit.
In only a few weeks of study time, you can complete our collection of entertaining microbiology video lessons and learn about the same topics addressed in a traditional, semester-based class. Let our experienced instructors walk you through the anatomy of microorganisms, the different types of infectious diseases and the uses of microorganisms in everyday life. You can also use the lesson quizzes and final exam to determine when your ready to take the UExcel Microbiology test.
Syllabus & Course Information
Test questions on the UExcel Microbiology exam are designed around a series of learning objectives. Our lessons address each of them, so that by the time you finish this course, you'll be able to do the following:
- Summarize and review basic concepts from biology, including structure and function of DNA and RNA
- Illustrate the structure and function of bacteria
- Illustrate the structure and function of viruses
- Analyze the physiology and metabolism of bacteria
- Demonstrate microbiology lab techniques
- Outline and describe disease transfer and prevention
- Differentiate between infection and disease
- Differentiate between bacterial and viral infection
- Categorize the types of viruses and explain how they replicate
- Analyze diseases caused by DNA viruses
- Analyze diseases caused by RNA viruses
- Analyze diseases caused by protozoa
- Compare and contrast the different types of fungal infections
- Identify and define food-borne illnesses and bacterial infections of the gastrointestinal tract
- Outline the causes and symptoms of sexually-transmitted bacterial diseases
- Examine the types of diseases caused by blood-borne bacteria
- Identify and explain bacterial diseases of the respiratory tract
- Outline the types of bacterial skin and wound infections
- Outline basic immunology and model the body's defenses against pathogens
- Diagram the different types of antimicrobial drugs and how they work
- Analyze how microbiology is used in food and industrial settings
- Break down sterilization and antiseptic techniques for microbiologists
If you'd like, you can jump right into this microbiology course. However, if you're new to this field, you might consider completing our introductory biology and basic genetics courses. Topics addressed in these courses can provide you with a firm foundation in the biological sciences and better prepare you for the microbiology lessons included here.
Altogether, this course includes 208 video lessons divided into 20 chapters, which allow you to tackle one exam topic at a time. The video lessons themselves last around six minutes each and are accompanied by a transcript as well as a short multiple-choice quiz. You can use these quizzes to determine which topics will require some extra attention and track you progress as you work your way through the course.
There's also a final exam for when you're ready to put your considerable microbiology knowledge to the test. And of course, our subject-matter experts are here to answer any questions you might have, whether they concern bacterial diseases and microbiology lab techniques or immunology and antimicrobial drugs.
UExcel Microbiology Exam Information
The three credits you earn after passing the UExcel Microbiology exam are equivalent to the credit conferred for completing a 1-semester college course on this topic. Students often take this class to fulfill general education requirements. In some cases, a microbiology course could also be used to meet requirements for a major in the biological sciences or a related field.
- Number of Questions: Approximately 130
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: 3 hours
- Number of Credits: 3
- Exam Cost: $325
UExcel Microbiology Exam Breakdown
|UExcel Exam Concept||Percent of the UExcel Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Study.com Chapter|
|Introduction to Microbiology||5%||7 questions||16 lessons|
|Biology of Microorganisms||25%||33 questions||36 lessons|
|Control of Microorganisms||15%||20 questions||30 lessons|
|Disease, Resistance and the Immune System||20%||26 questions||30 lessons|
|Biology of Infectious Disease||25%||33 questions||83 lessons|
|Environmental, Food and Industrial Microbiology||10%||13 questions||13 lessons|
Earn UExcel Credit
When compared to the time and expense it takes to complete a semester-long class, our test prep course is the quickest and most efficient way to earn three hours of college credit. Use it to prepare for the UExcel Microbiology exam and get on your way to graduating.
Study Schedule for the UExcel Microbiology Exam
By the time you finish this course, you'll have received approximately 21 hours of instruction. The self-paced nature of the lessons means you can choose a study schedule that works for you, but we've included the table below to give you an idea of how you might organize your time. You can also use it to help determine when you'll be ready to schedule a test date.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|3 hours a day; 3 days a week||Just over 2 weeks|
|2 hours a day; 3 days a week||Just over 3 ½ weeks|
|1 hour a day; 3 days a week||7 weeks|
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