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

Printing: 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.

Introduction to Microbiology
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Virtual Microbiology Classroom of Science Prof Online


Virtual Microbiology

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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Instructor's Corner
Introduction to Microbiology Lecture Materials

These are the Introduction to Microbiology Lecture materials of the Virtual Microbiology Classroom. The resources below are used in an actual, live college microbiology course.
  • 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.

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

For more information on influenza and vaccination, check out >
the Flu & You
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)

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  Assignment 
will help you better understand this complex film.
The Intro to Microbiology Lecture materials include:
  • list of learning objectives
  • PowerPoint lecture 
  • homework assignment
  • practice test & review questions
  • additional required readings

The VMC offers homework assignments based on Radiolab podcasts. 

 "Patient Zero"
"Rodney vs Death"

Patient 0 HW doc
Parasites HW doc
​- Rodney vs Death HW doc
Radiolab Logo
These multiple-choice / matching practice test questions and essay review questions are designed to help you better understand the material from this lecture.

  • 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 an assignment based on the movie.)
  • Be an epidemiologist. Save humanity. "Pandemic" board game by Z-Man Games is the bomb-diggity of strategy! 
  • 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.