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
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.
Additional Microbiology Lecture 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!
Virtual Microbiology Classroom LABORATORY TOPICS
NEW VMC Lab Lineup for Winter 2014! This new, improved lab series offers more intense microscopy work and allows students to build skills required for identifying unknown bacteria over the course of three lab meetings. New immunology lab too! 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.
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
Microbiology Reading Recommendations
Below is a list of books that are very useful for understanding and teaching microbiology. Click on links below or go to the Microbiology Reading List Page for additional summaries and recommended teaching applications for each book.
- Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by Quammen
- Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus, by
Wasik & Murphy
- The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Johnson
- Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues by Blaser
- The Great Mortality : An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time by John Kelly
- Deadly Outbreaks: How Medical Detectives Save Lives Threatened by Killer Pandemics, Exotic Viruses, and Drug-Resistant Parasites by Levitt
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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