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Versions of Introduction to Microbiology PPT:​
Student's Introduction to Microbiology PowerPoint Show
Student's Introduction to Microbiology PowerPoint PDF Printout

NEW PowerPoint FORMAT! In the fall of 2013 the PowerPoint lecture format for the Virtual Microbiology Classroom was updated to eliminate most of the fill-in-the-blanks and add more critical thinking questions and animated lessons. The links above are to the lecture in this new format. See the Virtual Microbiology Classroom Instructors Corner for all PPT formats, new and old.

The best way for students to print out the PowerPoint Show is to download the PDF version. Select Print, and, when the Print screen comes up, go to the Print Handling options. Under Page Scaling, select "Multiple pages per sheet", Under Pages per sheet, select "2". That uses up less paper, placing two slides on each page.

For this assignment, listen to the NPR Fresh Air interview "Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors" linked below, and complete the associated homework assignment:

Here is what you need to read, in addition to the PowerPoint, to master this topic. Check Moodle & your textbook index for additional readings.
What Are Normal Flora? Resident, Transient & Opportunistic Microbes
What Is Microbiology? The Study of Microscopic Organisms
Importance of Hand Washing in the Prevention of Infectious Disease

These multiple-choice / matching practice test questions and essay review questions are designed to help you better understand the material from this lecture.
Introduction to Microbiology Practice Test Questions
Introduction to Microbiology Review Questions

Play Pandemic 2 a video game of strategy, where you try to become a successful pandemic microbe and infect the world. My teenage daughter and I recommend this one to you. 

Quarantine” a scary movie about a new infectious disease.

“Contagion great dramatic movie that realistically depicts what could happen in outbreak of a novel, virulent infectious disease. (Click here for extra credit assignment on movie. If you are in my class, make sure that this is actually assigned before you do it.)

Play Disease Defenders educational video game, Rice University.

Normal Flora webpage, by Douglas F. Fix. Interactive page where you can select an area of the body and learn which normal flora typically colonize that location.

Bacterial Pathogen Pronunciation Station, a webpage with links to audio files of the pronunciation of bacterial scientific names, created by Neal R. Chamberlain, Ph.D.

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You have free access to a large collection of materials used in a college-level introductory microbiology course. The Virtual Microbiology Classroom provides a wide range of free educational resources including PowerPoint Lectures, Study Guides, Review Questions and Practice Test Questions.
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Introduction to Microbiology Lecture Materials

These are the Introduction to Microbiology Lecture materials of the Virtual Microbiology Classroom. The resources below are used to supplement an actual college microbiology course. 
  • Make sure that you understand what you need to do every week in order to be prepared for and to participate in lab.
  • What is the difference between normal flora, opportunistic pathogens and "full-time" pathogens?
  • What is a nosocomial infection?
  • Compare mutualism, commensalism & parasitism.
  • Know the microbes that we met in this lecture and their relevance to the topics discussed:  Yersenia pestis and the Black Plague,  Smallpox, Influenza.
  • What is influenza? What type of microbe is it caused by? What are the current recommendations for flu prevention and vaccination? Explore the information on the website to learn more about influenza.

Anyone taking, teaching or interested in biology may find these materials helpful and is welcome to use them.
​The Introduction to Microbiology Lecture materials include:
  • a list of learning objectives
  • a PowerPoint lecture  
  • a homework assignment
  • additional required readings
  • review questions
  • links to additional educational materials 

Microbiology Lab Videos
These lecture learning objectives are a study guide based on the VMC  Introduction to Microbiology Lecture PowerPoint Show:

Ermahgerd Mercerberger!

​For more information on influenza and vaccination, check out >

"What You Should Know for the 2013 - 2014 Influenza Season", from the CDC
Find out why Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns gets his seasonal influenza vaccine.

Mosquitos are the Insect Vector Involved in the Spread of West Nile Virus (WNV)

  • Germs - song by Weird Al Yankovic

  • Microbiology 101 TextVook (Fun animated textbook.)

  • Nursing 101: Microbiology Edition

  • ​Case Files: Microbiology from McGraw-Hill

  • Basic Microbiology Lab Techniques by TouchApp

  • Microbiology Pronunciations from HippoSoft LLC

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.

Completing the Contagion Extra Credit Assignment will help you better understand this complex film.
Our Favorite New Microbio APP!
 Cool infectious disease game:
Plague Inc.  
Do you have what it takes to be a successful pathogen?
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