Microbiology MCB 2010 Fall Term 2007 Office 1365 Office Hours: TBA Dr. Maria A. Guerrero E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Miami Dade College – InterAmerican Campus http://faculty.mdc.edu/mguerrer/ MCB 2010 is an introductory microbiology class that emphasizes microbial characteristics, their physiology and genetics, primary niches, modes of disease transmission, infectious process, disinfection procedures, drug treatments, and both non-specific and specific immunity. It includes a survey of representative types of microorganisms and their role in health and disease. Textbook: Foundations in Microbiology, Sixth Edition (by Kathleen Park Talaro) Grading: The final grade is based on quizzes/assignments/participation, tests, group projects, and final exam (optional). The distribution and format of grading are given below. Tests: Tests will contribute about 50% of your total grade. There are 4 tests for this course. The questions may include multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, short essays, true or false, matching, etc. Questions are composed from lecture notes, textbook and reading assignments. Test dates will be announced at least a week in advance and make plans to be there on test dates. If given permission to make up a test (see below, under exam make up conditions), this could be of a different format from the regular test and it must be completed within one week of the original test date or otherwise the test score will be a zero. Students failing an exam are encouraged to come during my office hours to discuss their study strategies. Final Exam (Optional): There will be a cumulative final exam on the college assigned date at the end of the semester. Students can use the final exam to replace their lowest test grade. Students with an A average need not take this test. Quizzes/Assignments/Participation: There will be short quizzes throughout the semester. The quizzes will be done as random quizzes (could be announced or unannounced). There won’t be any make up for missed quizzes. Assignments will vary (review questions, internet searches, concept maps, postings to discussion board, etc). Assignments must be turned in by the due date as there will be no deadline extensions. You are responsible for any work, or information missed due to absence, tardy or early exit. In other words, you can not use “But, I was absent/late that day” as an excuse. Quizzes/Assignments/Class participation will account for 10% of your final grade. Group or Individual Projects: For group work, groups will be assigned and given guidelines/rubric well ahead of the project deadline. Tentatively, there will be at least 2 projects for the semester. Details of the assignments will be discussed in class. Projects will be worth 40% of the final grade. Please note that all projects must be turned in ON TIME to be eligible for full credit. For each day that a project is overdue (including weekends), 10% of the point value will be deducted. You may e-mail your late assignment, but you must provide me with a hard copy ASAP. There are no extra credit assignments for this course. Grading Scale: A= 90-100 B=80-89 C=70-79 D=60-69 F=59 and below For example, if there have been 80 total points possible for the quizzes/ participation and the student has accumulated 65 points, 65 x 10 / 80 = 8.125%, this figure is rounded up to 8%. The same operation applies to the test and project sections. For instance, if there have been a total of 300 points possible for the tests and the student has accumulated 250 points, 250 x 50 / 300 = 41.6%, this figure is rounded up to 42%. Finally, if there have been a total of 100 points possible for the projects and the student accumulated 90 points, 90 x 40 / 100 = 36%. As a result, from the abovementioned scenarios, the student would add 8 (from quizzes and participation) + 42 (from tests) + 36 (from projects) = 86 to receive a course grade of B. Attendance: Class attendance is required for your success in this course. Considering that class participation is part of the grade, students that are tardy/absent will be at a disadvantage for this fraction of the grade. Please, be prompt. Late arrivals are very disturbing for the instructor and disruptive to fellow students. You should plan to leave enough time to allow for traffic, parking, inclement weather, etc. You must IMMEDIATELY notify the instructor regarding an absence on the day of an exam (that day or the next day, by e-mail or by phone). DO NOT WAIT, until we meet again to provide me with an acceptable excuse. Note: When communicating through Email, use the WebCT Email feature. Avoid using your personal Email accounts and if you have to use your personal accounts, you need to identify yourselves in the subject line. For ex: RE: question – John Smith, BSC 2010 Monday. Exam Make-Up, Incomplete and Withdrawals: Make up exams or incomplete grades will be given only when extenuating circumstances occur (WAR, family emergencies, automotive accidents, hospitalizations, etc) and as agreed upon between student and teacher. Students seeking an incomplete (I) grade should have a “C” average at the time of request and valid proof of extenuating circumstances. Each case will be considered individually after meeting with the student and reviewing the proper excuse. Students should fill an Incomplete Agreement form (contract), and should complete the required work within one term of the date of the incomplete. A grade of “I” will automatically turn into an “F” if the required work is not completed within one term of the “I” grade. WITHDRAWALS and class DROP are the responsibility of the student and should be done within the given time as specified in the MDC academic calendar. Some important dates for the Fall Semester 2007 Last day to withdraw with 100% refund Wednesday, September 5 Last day to withdraw and receive a “W” grade Tuesday, November 6 Grade Input Deadline Saturday, December 22 Student Conduct: The InterAmerican Campus of Miami Dade College is an Academic Community committed to the values of Intellectual Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Environmental Stewardship, Social Responsibility, and Informed Participation in Civic Life. Students are expected to behave in a mature and professional manner. Academic dishonesty will be dealt with as set forth in the Students Rights and Responsibilities handbook. Anyone caught cheating on an exam will be assigned a grade of “F” for the exam and will be referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action. Classroom distractions are an annoyance to everyone and they interfere with the learning environment in the classroom. Chronic lateness, side conversations, eating meals, unnecessary exits, cell phones or pagers, text messaging, etc. are all considered unwanted distractions. Please remember to turn your pagers and cell phones OFF before coming to class. Students causing a distraction will be asked to leave. For instance, if a telephone rings during lecture or lab sections, the student will answer the call outside of the classroom and remain outside of the classroom!!! Personal computers are not permitted during the lecture unless specified. Students may not wear caps/hats during quizzes or tests. Your final grade can be affected by your attendance record and by your behavior in class especially when your grade is borderline. Course competencies: (incomplete!! - currently being revised by the college) Competency 1: Microscopic Examinations and Bacterial Classification Upon successful completion of this laboratory, the student will be able to describe the history of microbiology, describe techniques for examining and classifying microorganisms into their appropriate taxonomic categories by: 1.1 List and explain the important discoveries made by Leeuwenhoek, Koch, Pasteur, and others to the development of microbiology. Differentiate between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. 1.2 Discuss the cell theory, germ theory, and concept of spontaneous generation. List and explain the functions all cells must perform. 1.3 Discuss the use of the principles of taxonomy in classifying various types of microorganisms. 1.6 Categorize various life forms into the appropriate kingdoms. 1.7 List the similarities and differences of each of the following microbes: bacteria, protozoa, fungi, algae, and viruses. 1.8 List several ways in which microorganisms can contribute to solving some important human problems in the future. 1.9 Explain the function of each part of the microscope. 1.10 Explain magnification, resolution, and the path of light through a microscope. 1.11 Compare and contrast the various light microscopes with the various electron microscopes. 1.12 Explain how simple staining procedures differ from differential staining methods. 1.13 List the steps in the Gram and acid-fast stains, the functions and principles involved in each step, and diagnostic values of each procedure. 1.14 Define the concept "species." Compare the concept of species as applied to bacteria with its application to higher organisms. 1.15 Describe recent developments in the methods of classification such as the comparison of DNA bases and amino acid composition. *1.16 Explain the differences between ionic, covalent and hydrogen bonding with examples of each. *1.17 Explain the importance of pH and buffer systems as they relate to microorganisms. *1.18 Describe the four classes of organic compounds: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Expectations: Obviously your book has more information than could be covered in one semester. As your instructor, I will select topics to emphasize and use readings and projects that correspond to the topics laid out in your syllabus (see below) to try to cover the essentials. You on the other hand, will need to find the best way to master vocabulary and content (much of it new to you) and this will require time, motivation and preparation. An important consideration involves your own learning style and what works best for you. To be successful, you must commit essential concepts and terminology to memory. A list of how we retain information called the “pyramid of learning” has been proposed by Edgar Dale: “we remember about 10% of what we read; 20% of what we hear; 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear; 70% of what we discuss with others; 80% of what we experience personally; and 95% of what we teach to someone else”. Reminder: a 3-credit class like this one will require 2.5 h of direct instruction and an expected additional 5-6 of preparation. A valid question is: “How can I learn this information so as to be successful in the course as well as retain it for the future? Suggestions for success in this class: Come to class on time and be prepared – If you miss classes you could miss valuable information that can only be found in the classroom. Not attending classes can also be interpreted as an indication that you are not serious about your education. Bring the necessary materials (book, notebook, handouts, pen, pencils). Be prepared by reading ahead – you have a schedule of classes and are aware of the topics/chapters to be covered. By reading ahead, you can prepare questions during lecture. Study regularly – the idea is to develop study habits, not to study just before the exams or quizzes. Dedicate quality time to study. Review and rewrite your notes immediately after class, while the material is still fresh in your mind!!! Seek help before it’s too late in other words, DON’T FALL BEHIND – take advantage of instructor office hours (which will be announced in class and posted on my door) and review sessions. I really want to help you understand the material and will be more than pleased to talk with you. A willingness to ask questions is the hallmark of a mature, serious student. I’m here to help you, but you have to do your part, by making an effort to come talk to me. And please don’t wait until mid-quarter when you’ve fallen way behind. Start early!! Form a study group – study groups can be a powerful learning experience and can make studying more efficient, effective and fun. Focused studies with others allow you to pool your ideas and see the material from a different perspective. It also gives you a chance to organize, verbalize and explore your own ideas or questions and get feedback from the group (as in above “pyramid of learning”). I strongly encourage you to form study groups that meet regularly to discuss the subject matter of the course. Be respectful – do not interrupt class by chatting with others. MCB 2010 Microbiology MCB 2010– Lecture Schedule (MWF) Instructor: Dr. M. A. Guerrero Textbook: Foundations in Microbiology, 6th Edition (by Kathleen Park Talaro) TENTATIVE LECTURE SCHEDULE Week Date Topic Chapter in book 1 8/29, 8/31 Introduction, The Main Themes of 1 Microbiology 2 9/3*, 9/5, 9/ 7 Tools of the Laboratory: the 3 Methods for Studying Microorganisms 3 9/10, An Introduction to Cells and 4 9/12,9/14 Procaryotic Cell Structure and Function 4 9/17, 9/19, Eucaryotic Cells and 5 9/21 Microorganisms 5 9/24, 9/26, Test 1, An Introduction to Viruses 6 9/28 6 10/1, 10/3, Elements of Microbial Nutrition, 7 10/5 Ecology and Growth 7 10/8, 10/10, Physical and Chemical Agents for 11 10/12 Microbial Control. Projects due: Adopt-a-Bacterium 8 10/15, 10/17, Drugs, Microbes, Host: The 12 10/19 Elements of Chemotherapy 9 10/22, 10/24, Test 2, Microbial Metabolism 8 10/26 10 10/29, 10/31, Microbial Genetics and Genetic 9, 10 11/2 Engineering 11 11/5, 11/7, Microbe-Human Interactions and 13 11/9 Epidemiology 12 11/12, 11/14, Test 3; Immunology: Non-specific 14, 15 11/16 and specific immunity 13 11/19, 11/21, Diagnosing Infections 17 11/23* 14 11/30 Bug Parade Projects due: The Cocci of Medical Importance; The Gram positive bacilli of medical importance 15 12/7 Bug Parade Projects due : The Gram Negative Bacilli of Medical Importance; The Fungi of Medical Importance; 16 12/14 Bug Parade Projects due: The Parasites of Medical Importance; The Viruses that Infect Humans (RNA and DNA viruses) 17 12/17 Final Exam *Holiday (No Classes) This syllabus is subject to change. The instructor has planned a rigorous schedule that may be revised due to time constraints. Any changes in the lecture syllabus and/or examination schedule will be announced. MCB 2010 Microbiology MCB 2010– Lecture Schedule (F) Instructor: Dr. M. A. Guerrero Textbook: Foundations in Microbiology, 6th Edition (by Kathleen Park Talaro) TENTATIVE LECTURE SCHEDULE Week Date Topic Chapter in book 1 8/31 Introduction, The Main Themes of 1 Microbiology 2 9/ 7 Tools of the Laboratory: the Methods 3 for Studying Microorganisms 3 9/14 An Introduction to Cells and 4 Procaryotic Cell Structure and Function 4 9/21 Eucaryotic Cells and Microorganisms 5 5 9/28 Test 1, An Introduction to Viruses 6 6 10/5 Elements of Microbial Nutrition, 7 Ecology and Growth 7 10/12 Physical and Chemical Agents for 11 Microbial Control. Projects due: Adopt-a-Bacterium 8 10/19 Drugs, Microbes, Host: The Elements 12 of Chemotherapy 9 10/26 Test 2, Microbial Metabolism 8 10 11/2 Microbial Genetics and Genetic 9, 10 Engineering 11 11/9 Microbe-Human Interactions and 13 Epidemiology 12 11/16 Test 3; Immunology: Non-specific and 14, 15 specific immunity 13 11/23* No classes 14 11/30 Diagnosing Infections 17 15 12/7 Projects due: The Cocci of Medical Importance; The Gram positive bacilli of medical importance; The Gram Negative Bacilli of Medical Importance 16 12/14 Projects due: The Fungi of Medical Importance; The Parasites of Medical Importance; The Viruses that Infect Humans (RNA and DNA viruses) 17 12/21 Final Exam *Holiday (No Classes) This syllabus is subject to change. The instructor has planned a rigorous schedule that may be revised due to time constraints. Any changes in the lecture syllabus and/or examination schedule will be announced.
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