Explorations in microbiology : a discovery based approach (Paper)

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This collection of 45 laboratory exercises not only introduces basic techniques in microbiology, but reinforces major concepts and themes in microbiology as well. It clearly establishes the relevance of each technique, gives examples of real-world applications, and emphasizes exploratory, open-ended, discovery-based exercises that promote problem- solving and critical thinking.
I. GETTING STARTED:
Growing Microbes on Solid Surfaces
Wet Mounts and Microscopy-A Microbiology Legacy
Streaking Plates for Isolated Colonies
Killing Microbes
"Seeing More" With Phase Microscopy
Important Microbiological Stains
Modern Staining Procedures
Some Like It Hot!
Microbe Safari
II. THE MICROBES:
The Classification Game
Protozoa - Friend and Foe
Algae
A Fungus Among Us!
Identifying Structural Features of Bacteria Using Special Stains
Identifying Bacteria Using Metabolic Characteristics
New Directions in Classification and Identification
Growing Viruses
What Kind of Microbe Is It?
III. MICROBIAL GROWTH AND REPRODUCTION:
The Quest for Energy
First There Was One, Then There Were Two
Eucaryotic Reproduction
"Sex" Lives of Bacteria
IV. MICROBIAL GENETICS:
The Search for Mutants
Isolation of Plasmids
At the Cutting Edge
Transformation of Escherichia coli With Plasmid DNA
V. MICROBIAL ECOLOGY:
Tower of Microbes
Enriching for Aerobic, Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria
Water, Water, Everywhere
Growing Microbes on Rocks
Humans as Habitats
VI. MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY:
Sputum, Pus and Other Slimy Stuff: Pathogenic Gram-Positive Cocci of the Respiratory Tract, Wounds, and Abscesses
Pathogens of the Urinary Tract and Gastrointestinal Tract: The Enterobacteriaceae
Sleuthing for a Parasite
Passing the Germ
Who (or What) is to Blame?
Too Much Resistance
Name That Pathogen
VII. HOST DEFENSES:
Phagocytosis
Antigen-Antibody Reactions
Measuring Antibody Titer by ELISA
Monoclonal Antibodies
VIII. BIOTECHNOLOGY
A Day of Feasting Courtesy of the Microbes
Biofilms and Space Flight
The Problem with Packing Materials
APPENDICES
  • Emphasis on exploration through many open-ended, discovery-based exercises which promote critical thinking.
  • Includes application/integration exercises that allow students to integrate skills and concepts in the context of a project that is more student-directed.
  • Contains exercises that require students to work in groups - helping them to learn cooperatively and to develop better organizational skills.
  • Features exercises that require students to access and navigate the World Wide Web to connect to and work with important academic and government resources.
  • Begins each exercise with a scenario that demonstrates relevance of the techniques and concepts covered, background information provides historical perspectives, important concepts, and relevancy to our lives.