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Microbiology

Mix and match any of the lessons below to customize your Microbiology course syllabus.

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With our sophisticated microbiology lessons, students will gain standard core competencies including methods for aseptic technique, collecting and incubating cultures, and describing and identifying microbes. These lessons can be customized to suit a variety of courses, including those requiring non-virulent sterile microbe cultures and those utilizing environmentally collected samples. Both physical and virtual microscope experiences are available.

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By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Collect microbes from fresh food sources and culture them on solid media.
  • Observe the morphology and abundance of cultured microbes.
  • Analyze experimental results to determine the effectiveness of food storage and preparation methods.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Collect microbes from household surfaces and culture them on solid media.
  • Observe the morphology and abundance of cultured microbes.
  • Simulate the transmission of an infectious disease using chemical substances.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Perform salt tolerance and pH testing on S. cerevisiae and S. epidermidis 
  • Relate experimental results to environments where microbes occur

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Apply aseptic technique to inoculate MR-VP broths with E. coli and S. epidermidis.
  • Differentiate between positive and negative test results using methyl red and Barritt’s reagents.
  • Use hydrogen peroxide to perform catalase testing on E. coli and S. epidermidis.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Apply aseptic technique to inoculate fructose, glucose, and mannitol broths with S. epidermidis and S. cerevisiae.
  • Differentiate between positive and negative growth results using phenol red indicator and Durham tubes.
  • Analyze experimental results to determine metabolic pathways of microbes.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Apply aseptic technique to inoculate motility agar tubes with E. coli and S. epidermidis.
  • Differentiate between positive and negative growth patterns in motility agar.
  • Analyze experimental results to determine metabolic pathways of microbes.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Calculate the total magnification and field of view for the lenses of an optical microscope.
  • Examine prepared slides of common microbes under a series of lenses.
  • Prepare and observe wet mounts of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Create a calendar for managing microbiology assignment due dates.
  • Select an incubation site for culturing microbes.
  • Apply microbiology safety protocols to provided scenarios.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Create smears using direct and negative staining techniques.
  • Prepare Gram stains from E. coli, S. epidermidis, and S. cerevisiae cultures.
  • Compare simple and differential stained specimens using microscopy.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Calculate dilution factors
  • Create a series of dilutions of Saccharomyces cerevisiae 
  • Identify viable plates from  a series of developed S. cerevisiae colonies
  • Compute the CFU/ml of microbes from an original sample

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Apply aseptic technique to transfer microbes between media forms.
  • Examine microbial growth on solid and liquid media.
  • Create pure cultures of E. coli, S. epidermidis, and S. cerevisiae and isolate individual colonies.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Test S. epidermidis for susceptibility to three antibiotics.
  • Measure zones of inhibition on a Kirby Bauer diffusion plate.
  • Microscopically examine the reproductive structures of Penicillium.
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By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Collect microbes from washed and unwashed hands and culture them on solid media.
  • Prepare Gram stains from isolated colonies and view with a microscope.
  • Analyze experimental results to determine the effectiveness of hand washing.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Culture a series of microbes on tryptic soy, MacConkey, and EMB agars.
  • Compare colony morphology and color between E. coli, S. epidermidis, and unidentified microbes growing on selective and differential media.
  • Analyze experimental results to determine metabolic pathways of microbes.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Collect microbes from the body and household environment and culture them on solid media.
  • Apply streak plate techniques to isolate individual colonies.
  • Compare the morphology and abundance of cultured microbes collected from various locations.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Create dilution series for an antiseptic and for a disinfectant in nutrient broth.
  • Calculate dilution factors.
  • Determine the minimum inhibitory concentration of mouthwash and bleach for S. cerevisiae growth in liquid media.
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