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.
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.)
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
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 Flu.gov 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: