What Are the SPO Virtual Classrooms?
Science Prof Online offers FREE fully-developed science curricula, including the Virtual Microbiology Classroom 8-week course featured on this page. (Click here for 16-week micro course), the Virtual Cell Biology Classroom and the Virtual Anatomy & Physiology Classroom (coming soon!)
Virtual Microbiology Classroom
Materials for an 8-week Micro Course from Science Prof Online
Image of prokaryotic cell. For labeled diagram of same cell, click here.
More Useful Microbiology Resources
- Germs - Weird Al Yankovic
- Microbiology 101 TextVook (Fun animated textbook.)
- Basic Microbiology Lab Techniques by TouchApp
- Microbiology Pronunciations from HippoSoft LLC
Page last updated 12/2013
Photographic guides to differential stains
What might happen if a deadly new infectious disease hit the scene?
The film "Contagion" provides an excellent opportunity to learn about infectious disease, how it spreads and which organizations would be involved in tracking and controlling a dangerous outbreak.
On 9/18/12 the National Public Radio (NPR) show Talk of the Nation featured a story on superbug antibiotic resistant strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae: "Hospitals Fight To Stop Superbugs' Spread". This is important information on scary new bugs and what healthcare institutions are doing to protect their patients and employees. Click here for a Virtual Microbiology Classroom assignment to go with the story. The Virtual Microbiology Classroom also offers laboratory material, featured below. The laboratory PowerPoints contain many helpful photos of materials viewed in lab. New resources are regularly added to the Virtual Microbiology Classroom. For updates, follow us on Twitter @ScienceProfSPO.
Virtual Microbiology Classroom LECTURE TOPICS
Each title below is a link to all of the lecture-related course materials on that particular subject.
INSTRUCTORS: Microbial Metabolism, Microbial Growth, Innate Immunology and Acquired Immunology lecture topics moved to 16-week microbiology curriculum on 12/19/2012. Combo lectures of those topics now used in this 8-week microbiology curriculum (featured this page).
Additional Microbiology Lecture Resources
Virtual Microbiology Classroom LABORATORY TOPICS
Each lab topic title below is a link to all of the lab-related course materials on that particular subject.
Basic microscopy and viewing bacterial simple stain.
Collecting bacterial samples on TSY and specialized media (MacConkey's, Mannitol Salt and Blood Agar) and examining results.
Using differential stains (Gram stain, Acid-fast stain, Endospore stain), specialized media and API-20E test strip to identify an unknown bacterial sample with aid of a dichotomous key.
Experiments in using heat, ultra-violet radiation, antibiotics and chemical disinfectants to kill bacteria.
Additional Microbiology Laboratory Resources
These Virtual Classrooms are organized by lecture into several topics. Each lecture topic typically includes free:
- practice test and review questions
- links to other microbiology education resources
TV show, from Animal Planet, presenting case studies of people with parasitic infections. So interesting, you'll learn about parasitism without even trying!
Check out our FREE "Monsters Inside Me" Homework Assignments Part 1 & Part 2!
The VMC offers homework assignments based on two fascinating Radiolab podcasts.
To hear the podcasts, click on the one you want:
Here are links to the homework assignments that go with the podcasts:
Our Favorite New Microbio APP!
Cool infectious disease game:
Do you have what it takes to be a successful pathogen?
Here is the the list of countries and US states that have the top 4 number of SPO visitors!
Smarty-pants US States:
#3 New York