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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.
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.
- practice test and review questions
- links to other microbiology education resources
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.
Additional Microbiology Lecture Resources
These Virtual Classrooms are organized by lecture into several topics. Each lecture topic typically includes free:
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VMC LABORATORY TOPICS
Basic microscopy and viewing bacterial simple stain.
First lab in the series on identifying unknown bacteria. Students learn how to create a bacterial smear and preform the Gram stain, with controls and an unknown. Isolation streak plate technique also introduced.
Second lab in a series on identifying unknown bacteria. Students are introduced to the Acid-fast and Endospore stains. Specialized media (MacConkey's & Mannitol Salt) are inoculated with unknown to assist in identification of unknown bacteria using a dichotomous key.
Third lab in a series on identifying unknown bacteria. Students learn how to create controls showing various bacteria plated on MacConkeys, Mannitol Salt, Blood Agar & Tryptic Soy Agar. Students collect and interpret samples of normal flora from their own bodies.
Experiments in using heat, ultra-violet radiation, antibiotics and chemical disinfectants to kill bacteria.
Students learn about the cells involved in immune response, as well as antibody-antigen interaction by playing a virtual blood typing game and viewing leukocytes with the microscope.
Additional Microbiology Laboratory Resources
Our Favorite New Microbio APP!
Cool infectious disease game:
Do you have what it takes to be a successful pathogen?
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The VMC offers homework assignments based on Radiolab podcasts.
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More Useful Microbiology Resources
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