Fall 2011 Microbiology
I hope that everyone is enjoying the last part of their summer vacation. This will be the class website for BIO230, Microbiology. You will note that Blackboard has undergone some significant changes since the Spring semester, and if you have any difficulty navigating the Blackboard course, feel free to contact me.
The first lab meetings will occur during the first week of classes, beginning August 31st. That means that if you have a Wednesday lab, your first class meeting may be the laboratory. Please come to the first lab meeting with an inexpensive composition notebook, and a copy of the photocopied lab manual. The paperback Photographic Atlas is recommended as it has nice pictures and lots of supplemental text that will facilitate working through lab problems, but will not be required.
The textbook for the lecture sections is Microbiology by Bauman, 3rd edition. Additionally, everyone will need to have their own iclicker device, which you will also be able to use if you are taking A&P for the next two semesters. I will be having a short quiz at the start of each class meeting based on the assigned readings, and it will be administered using the clickers, so if you do not have one you will be unable to get the quiz points for that day. Please ensure that you have one for the start of classes on Aug. 31st.
I have put a tentative syllabus for the lectures and labs (including those of you in Prof. Mathur’s lab section) online, which can be accessed via the Blackboard class website. Simply go to the link “Lecture and Lab Materials” on the left side menu. The syllabus is in Google Docs format, which you can download and print if you so desire. If you cannot access the syllabus by this method, please let me know. The syllabus may continue to be revised slightly between now and the start of the semester, but the version on Blackboard will always be the current version.
Enjoy the remainder of your summer vacation, and I look forward to seeing everyone at the start of the term!