MB 103- Introductory Topics in Microbiology Syllabus - Fall Semester, 2006 Instructor: Dr. Gerry Luginbuhl Classroom: Williams 2312 Office: 2103 Gardner Hall Time: Wednesdays Telephone: 515-7484 Section 001: 1:30 - 2:20 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: Wed., 2:20-4pm Course Description: Introductory Topics in Microbiology is for freshmen and transfer microbiology majors in their first year at North Carolina State University. The course provides basic instruction in computing, academic policies, and study skills related to reading, comprehending, and discussing scientific information in general and microbiology in particular. Objectives: Students will be able to 1. Use e-mail, web pages and word processing from the campus computer labs. 2. Describe curriculum requirements in Microbiology and in one other major and to describe the requirements for minors 3. Search the web for information on Microbiology organizations, companies, employment, and research topics 4. Discuss current research areas, as presented in journals such as Scientific American 5. Describe their learning style and other major types of learning styles 6. Apply critical thinking skills to current topics in Microbiology Schedule Aug. 23 Introduction, students and faculty get to know one another, and departmental faculty, course objectives discussed Aug. 30* Academic policies, deadlines; time management; Microbiology Club representatives: club activities; Assignment #1 due by midnight tonight Aug. 28 Last day to drop below 12 hours Sept. 6* Dr. Brenda Alston-Mills: Diversity ; Learning styles/ Learning strategies; Assignment #2 due at beginning of class period Sept. 13* Work on 1st group assignment of Team Project; Turn in individual research results at beginning of class Sept. 20* Group presentations of 1st Team Project Sept. 27 Work on 2nd group assignment of Team Project Oct. 4 Last day to withdraw or drop a course Oct. 4* Group presentations of Team Project #2 Oct. 16 Registration advising for 2007 Spring semester begins Oct. 18* Exploring your major; preparing for advising; preparing "4 Year Plan" What can I do with my major? Professional and Graduate Schools Assignment #3 due at beginning of class period Oct. 25 Dr. Fred Fuller – research opportunities in virology Oct. 26 CALS Career EXPO Nov. 1* Internships and Other Services - CALS Career Services representative Assignment #4 due by midnight on Friday, Nov. 3rd* Nov. 8 Groups work on Team Project #3 Nov. 15* Group presentations on Team Project #3 Final exam (take-home, open book) will be given out today Nov. 22 Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 29* Final exam is due at the beginning of class today; Course evaluation; Last meeting for this class *Note: Assignments are due on dates indicated by * Attendance: Attendance is required and will be taken promptly at the beginning of each class period. Each unexcused absence from class will result in a deduction of 20 points from your total points for the course. Arriving late will result in a deduction of 10 points. All excused absences must be documented in writing. The University's attendance regulations can be found at http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/academic_affairs/pols_regs/REG205.00.4.php Assignments and Grading: Assignment #1: 25 points (due by midnight, August 30th) Send me via email 3 web addresses relevant to your microbiology major. These addresses (URLs) must include one from NC State and two from outside of NC State. Assignment #2: 25 points (due at beginning of class September 20th) Complete the learning style inventory. Be able to describe your learning style and discuss how this knowledge can help you get more out of your classes. At the beginning of class, turn in a short description of your learning style. Assignment #3: 50 points (due October 18th - bring to class) Prepare a realistic personal "Four Year Plan" for obtaining a BS in Microbiology. Be prepared to discuss your plan in class. Include summer activities such as internships. Your personal "Plan" may span 3 years, 4 years, 5 years, or whatever — it should be based on your individual situation. Download from the web the course requirements for one other major and one minor. Indicate how your summer activities and minor will enhance your personal or professional development. Hand in all of this material as part of this assignment – Due at beginning of class. Grading: 4-year plan coursework: 30 points; Summer plans: 5 points; One other major: 10 points; One minor: 5 points. Summer plans and minor must include comments on relevance to your personal or professional development in order to receive full credit. Assignment #4: 50 points (due by midnight, Friday, November 3rd) Send me an email describing 3 internships or jobs that are currently posted at CALS Career Services or other locations for Microbiology majors. (25 pts) Sign up with CALS Career Services and email me the URL for your on-line resume. (25 pts) Team Projects: A: Yersinia pestis: the plague in history and modern times B: Bacillus anthracis: the first pathogen identified - and a bio-terrorist's choice C: "Bird Flu": what is it and why the concern? D: HIV: a modern epidemic E: Helicobacter pylori: a surprising discovery about ulcers F: Human papillomaviruses: a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer Individual Assignment: 50 points (due Sept. 6th) Gather general information about your group’s microorganism. Print out for class 5 sources of information (books, journal articles, web sites, etc.) on your group's topic. Include brief descriptions of information from each source. Turn in at beginning of class period. Group assignment 1: 50 points (due Sept. 13th) Research the history of the epidemics/disease incidences caused by your pathogen: include information about the microorganism and information about epidemics such as when, where, extent of morbidity and mortality, and means of transmission. Write a 3-5 page (double-spaced) report and present a 10 minute talk – both as a group, not individually. Group assignment 2: 50 points (due Oct. 4th) Research the discovery of your pathogen: include important dates, people and methods. Write a 3-5 page report and present a 10 minutes talk – both as a group. Group assignment 3: 50 points (due Nov. 15th) What are the current treatment and prevention strategies related to your pathogen? Describe any new developments. Write a 3-5 page report and present a 10 minute talk. Each group assignment will be graded as follows: Written report: 3-5 pages/assignment: 20 points Oral report: approximately 10 minutes/assignment: 20 points Group evaluation of each team member’s contribution: 10 points Final exam: 50 points The final exam will be a "take-home" exam covering basic information on computing, academic policies, and the topics covered in the team project oral reports. A study guide will be distributed in class. The exam will be distributed on November 15th and will be due at the beginning of class on November 29th. Assignments and grading: Summary: Assignment #1: 25 points Assignment #2: 25 points Assignment #3: 50 points Assignment #4: 50 points Team Project, Individual assignment: 50 points Team Project, Assignment 1: 50 points Team Project, Assignment 2: 50 points Team Project, Assignment 3: 50 points Final exam: 50 points Total: 400 points Late assignments, including late final exam, will lose 5 points/day late. No extra credit assignments Grades will be awarded according to the following scale: A+ 396-400 A 368-395 A- 360-367 B+ 352-359 B 328-351 B- 320-327 C+ 312-319 C 288-311 C- 280-287 D+ 272-279 D 248-271 D- 240-237 F 0-239 Academic Integrity: Students are expected to be familiar with and abide by the NC State Code of Student Conduct (see: www.fis.ncsu.edu/ncsulegal/codeof.htm). Academic dishonesty, such as cheating, and plagiarism, or helping others to cheat or plagiarize, will not be tolerated. Disability Statement: Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 515-7653. http://www.ncsu.edu/provost/offices/affirm_action/dss/ For more information on NC State's policy on working with students with disabilities, please see the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation (http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/academic_affairs/courses_undergrad/REG02.20.1.php).