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Indiana University Northwest

Carol Castaneda

M200 - Microbiology

Syllabus

Microbiology M200
TR 8:30 – 9:45 AM
RH102

Dr. Carol Castaneda
Office:  MH 304
Office hours: MTWR 10am – 12:00pm
              Or by appointment
Office phone:  219-980-6870
Email:  [[clcastan]]
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Microbiology by Black is required and has a website for help.

General Information

We will be studying the biology of organisms and agents too small to be seen clearly by the unaided eye – microorganisms.  Microorganisms are necessary for the production of bread, cheese, beer, antibiotics, vaccines, vitamins, enzymes.  They are used in biotechnology to produce insulin and study proteins.  Microorganisms are essential for life as we know it on this planet – a source of nutrients at the base of all ecological food chains and responsible for the cycles of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur.    The knowledge we will be attaining impacts medicine, agricultural and food sciences, ecology, genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology.  Occupations in microbiology include medical microbiology (tracking down new, unidentified pathogens), Public health microbiology (control the spread of diseases), immunology, ,… – and the list goes on and on.

As with anything you choose to do well, success in this class will require a significant input of time and thought on your part – 4 to 8 hours a week plus class and lab time.  Please do not assume listening to me during lecture and cramming for the tests will be sufficient. 

Read the chapter before each lecture (do not read in depth, note the headings and the words written in bold.  Attendance is mandatory for success.  Listen, ask questions, and take notes.  Go over your notes as you re-read  the chapter as quickly after class as possible. Focus only on the areas covered by the notes (slides).  Go over the figures in the book (slides).  Memorize any terms and words you were not familiar with.  Make an outline, answer questions assigned in the book (both in chapters and at the end of each chapter), and explain each concept or term to a friend/enemy.  Then read the section we will be covering for the next lecture.  If you do not understand something, come to my office and ask for help immediately, not the day before the test!!  If you can not come during my office hours please make an appointment to see me.   For each test review the slides, terms, and your outline.  Tutor a friend, explain concepts and test each other.

Grading policies

                Tests can  include fill in the blanks, true and false, short answers, essay, multiple choice…Questions often require that you use your knowledge to answer questions on subjects we did not specifically cover in class.  This requires that you understand the material.

If you miss a test, you must make arrangements to take that test within a week.  If you miss two, 5 % will be subtracted from your test score.  If you miss three tests, 10% will be subtracted.  Attendance is mandatory for success.

Grading is not curved.

90-100% = A
80-89%   = B
70-79%   = C
60-69%   = D
50-59%   = F

                Lab is 25% of your grade.

Each morning before lecture, a quiz may be given covering the lectures before.  These quizzes will be as much as 20% of your grade.  Therefore, go over your notes as you re-read  the chapter as quickly after class as possible. Focus only on the areas covered by the notes (slides).  Go over the figures in the book (slides).  Memorize any terms and words you were not familiar with.  Make an outline, answer questions assigned in the book (both in chapters and at the end of each chapter), and explain each concept or term to a friend/enemy.