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  • IntroductoryMicrobiologyMCB2000Fall2014

    Instructor:Dr.MiroslavGantar

    Office:OE208(MMCampus)

    Officehours:Tuesday/Thursday11:0012:00

    Oranyothertimebyappointment

    email:[email protected]

    CourseDescriptionMCB2000isa3creditcourseintendedtointroducenonsciencemajorstudentstotheprinciplesofBiologyusingmicroorganisms.ThecourseisalsoarequirementforstudentsinDietetics,NutritionandNursing.Theroleplayedbymicrobesintheearth,aquaticenvironments,air,Biotechnologyaswellasinhumansandotherorganisms,hasamajorimpactonhumanaffairs.Thecoursecoversbasicconceptsofmicrobesaspathogens,foodspoilageandfermentativeorganisms.Microbialrelationshipstoimmunology,sanitation,pollutionandgeochemicalcyclingwillalsobecovered.

    ThisisaGlobalLearningCoursethereforeitwillenhancestudentsGlobalAwareness,Perspective,andEngagement,sothatallstudentsinthiscoursewillhaveknowledgethatscientificdiscoveriesariseglobally,affecthumanaffairsgloballyandshouldbesharedglobally.Thiswillbeachievedthrough(1)accentuatingthemultidimensionalvalueofsignificantdiscoveriesinMicrobiology,and(2)evaluatingthesignificanceofmicrobiologicalissuestohumanaffairshistoricallyandgeographically.Forexample,thestudentswillbeaskedtoevaluatewhatwasthesocioeconomiccharacteristicofthesocietiesinwhichthediscoverieshappened;ifthereareanycomparablediscoveriesinothergeographicregionsandtoidentifythose;whatwerethecontemporarysignificantachievementsinart,literature,filmmakingetc.

    AsaGlobalLearningCourse,inadditiontotextbookbasedinformation,thiscoursewillenrichthelearningprocesswithinformationregardingtheimpactofMicrobiologyonsocialissuesglobally.Thisinterdisciplinaryglobalaspectofthecoursewillbecoveredthrough(1)lectures,(2)lecturesprovidedbyguestspeakers,and(3)studentsassignments.FIUteachersfromdifferentDepartmentssuchasSociology,History,ArtandothernonFIUspecialistwillbeinvitedtogivetalksaspartofregularlectures.Thepurposeoftheseinvitedlectureswillbetoconnectsocialorculturaleventswithmicrobiologicalcrisiseventsorsignificantdiscoveries(e.g.whathistoricaleventprecededtothebigfluepidemicin1918).

    CourseObjectivesTheobjectiveofthecourseistoteachstudentsto:

    Apply scientific principles and theories to problem solving

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  • Scientifically evaluate situations in which microorganisms play role (relationship between microorganisms and diseases, food spoilage, production of drugs etc.)

    Distinguish between good and bad microbes Understand the basic microbiological techniques (concept of aseptic

    work, cultivation and identification of microorganism) Use scientific theories to test microbiological hypothesis Assess and critically evaluate claims made in popular media for their scientific merit.

    GlobalLearningCourseSpecificObjectivesGlobalAwarenessStudentswillbeabletoshowawarenessoftheglobalinterrelationshipbetweenhumanaffairsononesideanddiseasecausingmicroorganisms,Biotechnology,andEnvironmentissuesontheotherside.Morespecificallyitwillinclude:

    Understanding of the scientific concepts that underlies the global nature of diseases caused by microorganisms

    Developing critical thinking based on new global scientific information obtained in class

    Understanding the impact of discoveries in Microbiology on global human affairs (novel cures, bioterrorism)

    Understanding the interrelationship between microbiological diseases and social/economic factors

    Navigating through time - connecting/associating discoveries in Microbiology with the achievements in Arts and Humanities

    TheassessmentforGlobalAwarenesswillbeintheformof(1)embeddedtestquestionsand(2)assignments.GlobalPerspectiveStudentswillbeabletoanalyzehealthandeconomicissuesrelatedtomicrobiologicalsituationsthatoccurglobally.Theglobalindustrialandagriculturaluseofmicrobesandtheireffectonsocialinteractionwillbeanalyzedwithrespecttoglobaleconomiesandpollution.Thiswillinclude:

    Comprehension of why microorganisms have a global impact on human affairs Analyze why socio-economic factors may be responsible for outbreaks of diseases

    (Example: Outbreak of Cholera in post disaster Haiti) TheassessmentforGlobalPerspectivewillbeintheformof(1)embeddedtestquestionsand(2)assignments.GlobalEngagementStudentswilldemonstrateawillingnesstoengageindiseaseprevention/interventiontoaddressindividualorglobalhealthproblems,andothermicrobiologicalsituations.Thiswillincludethedevelopmentofthefollowingabilities:

    To analyze students own willingness to be involved in problem remediation regarding microbiological situations

    To present their own plan for potential abatement of crisis situations caused by microbiological issues

    TheassessmentforGlobalEngagementwillbeaccomplishedbygradingthepaperstobesubmittedbystudents.

    InterdisciplinarycontentInvitedlectures

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  • InterdisciplinarycontentofthecoursewillbecoveredthroughinvitedlecturestobeprovidedbyFIUfacultyfromdifferentDepartmentsaswellasbyotherspecialist(e.g.representativesfromCountyHealthDepartment,Healthcareinstitutions,etc.).Theselectureswillbeembeddedinregularlecturesforthepurposeofinterconnectingmicrobiologycausedeventsandsomesocialorculturaldevelopments.Oneexample:

    Chiropracticpracticecanitimprovethefunctionoftheimmunesystem?

    Theselectureswillbeorganizedoncontingencybasesandwilldependontheavailabilityofthespeakersandtheymightvarybetweensemesters.

    CommonreadingforGlobalLearning:

    Appiah,K.A.,TheCaseforContamination,NewYorkTimes,January1,2006.Onlineathttp://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/01/magazine/01cosmopolitan.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print

    WhythiscoursebelongstoGlobalLearningInitiative

    Microbesareglobal.Nootherorganismsaffecthumanlivesasmicrobesdo.Theycanbefoundinanyenvironment.TheirglobalsignificancecanbefoundinthefactsthattheysustainlifeonplanetEarththroughtherecyclingofelements,byprovidingfood(throughfermentation),bymaintaininghealth(probioticactivity),andbycausingdiseases(pathogenicmicroorganisms).Theyarenotrestrictedbytimeorsocial/politicalsystem.Inotherswords,microbesaretrulyglobal.

    PrerequisitesNone

    RequiredTextCowan,2012(3rdedition),MICROBIOLOGYASystemsApproach,McGrawHillHigherEducationorCowanandTalaro,2009(2ndedition),MICROBIOLOGYASystemsApproach,McGrawHillHigherEducationThetextcanbepurchased: attheFIUbookstore asanEBOOKforamuchlowerpricefromthepublisherhttp://www.coursesmart.com/

    fromabebooks.comfordiscountedversionsofnewandusedbooks,fromamazon.co.ukandothersorinternationaleditions.Theinternationaleditionsare

    paperbackandabouthalfthecost,givethemaweektosendfromtheUK.

    iclickerYouwillberequiredtohaveaniclicker.YoucaneitherbuyitorrentitfromtheFIUBookstore.Afterobtainingtheiclickeryouwillneedtoregisteryourdevicehttp://www1.iclicker.com/registerclicker/byusingyourPantherID#.

    Assignments:Theactivelearningstrategyincludesthefollowingcomponents:

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  • Required:WritinganessayGlobalLearningQuestionsOptional:APowerPointpresentationextracredit(seebellow)Writinganessay.Youcanchosetowriteapaper(35pages,doublespace,font12)onamicrobiologytopicofyourchoice.Ithastocovermicrobiologicalaspectaswellasanaspectoftheglobalperspective.Examplesofessaytitles:TuberculosisasocialaspectofadiseaseIsglobalizationpreventingorcontributingtospreadofAIDSMicrobialwatercontaminationinbeachesofSouthFloridaHIVinMiamiDadeCountyDengueFever:howdoesitaffectunderdevelopedcountries?Theessayshouldprovidebasicinformationonthemedicalandmicrobiologicalaspectsofthedisease(causativeagent,symptoms,treatment,etc.)aswellasthesocialaspect(e.g.socioeconomiccharacteristicsofthosesufferingfromthisdisease,geographicdistribution;historicperspective,etc)].Apapershouldpresenttheperspective/positionofdifferentnations/countriesinregardtomeasuresforpreventingdiseaseoutbreaks(e.g.typeofhealthcaresystem,vaccinationprogramsetc.)andcomparethosetoWHOstandards.

    PleaserequestanapprovalofthetitleofyourpaperbysendinganemailtoDr.PrabhakarPant(TA)[email protected]dress.

    GlobalLearningQuestionsWillbeprovidedduringeachclass.Youwillhavetolookforthecorrectanswer(nottobefoundinthetextbook).Thesamequestionswillappearontheexam.Eachexamwillcontain10%ofGlobalLearningquestions.

    PowerPointpresentation.Thetopicofthepresentationshouldhaveaglobalperspectiveanditshouldcoverneworcontroversialinformationofamicrobiologyproblem.IfyoudecidetogiveaPPpresentation,thenyouwillnothavetowriteanessay.Inaddition,youwillearnbetween15%pointsasextracredit.Foranexampleofthetopic,pleaseseeabove(sameaswritinganessay).Iftherearemoreregisteredstudentsforpresentationthanavailablespots,thenyourteacherwillselectpresentationsthatarethemostrelevantforthisGlobalLearningcourse.Studentspresentationwillbegivenduringtheregularclasses.(seethecoursecalendar).

    Togetan[email protected]fiu.edu.Oncethetitleisapproved,youcanstartworkingonyourpresentation.YouareexpectedtosendyourPPtoyourteacheroneweekaheadoftime,sothatallnecessarycorrectionscanbedoneintimelymanner.

    Beforeyoustartwritinganessayorpreparinganoralpresentation

    Thetopicandthetitleoftheessay/fieldwork/oralpresentationneedtobeapprovedbeforehandbyyourteacher(checktheduedateintheCourseCalendar).ForthetitleapprovalforthepapersendanemailtoDr.PrabhakarPant(TA)[email protected][email protected]bricthatwillevaluate:ScientificandGlobalaspectoftheselectedtopic.

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  • AttendanceNoattendancewillbetaken.However,participation(iclicker)willberewarded.Youcanearnthreeextrapointsifyouhavelessthan3absences.

    GradingYourfinallettergradewillbebasedon:

    (1)Theaveragescoreofthreeexams(worth70%ofyourgrade)andon

    (2)ThescoreobtainedforthepaperonGlobalInterdisciplinaryaspectofthecourse(worth30%ofyourgrade).Inaddition,youcanchoosetoaccomplishadditionalassignmentforextracredit(seebelow).

    (3)Extracreditsearnedseebelow

    Thelettergradewillbegivenafterthe3rdexamandwillbebasedonaclasscurve.Ifaregulargradedistributionoccurs,thestandardgradingscale(90%100%=A,80%89%=B,70%79%=C,60%69%=D,

  • Ifyouareunabletoattendanexam,contacttheinstructoratleast48hourspriortothescheduledexamtimetodiscussalternatives.Missedexamsmayresultinascoreofzeroiftheinstructorisnotnotifiedinatimelyfashion.Alternativestoascoreofzerofortheexammaybediscussedwiththeinstructor.

    MakeUpExamswillbegivenonlytostudentsprovidingvaliddocumentationofamedicalorotherseriousproblem.MakeUpexamsarenotbasedonmultiplechoicequestions;theywillbeintheformofessayquestions.

    AcademicconductFloridaInternationalUniversityisacommunitydedicatedtogeneratingandimpartingknowledgethroughexcellentteachingandresearch,therigorousandrespectfulexchangeofideas,andcommunityservice.Allstudentsshouldrespecttherightofotherstohaveanequitableopportunitytolearnandtohonestlydemonstratethequalityoftheirlearning.Therefore,allstudentsareexpectedtoadheretoastandardofacademicconduct,whichdemonstratesrespectforthemselves,theirfellowstudents,andtheeducationalmissionoftheUniversity.AllstudentsaredeemedbytheUniversitytounderstandthatiftheyarefoundresponsibleforacademicmisconduct,theywillbesubjecttotheAcademicMisconductproceduresandsanctions,asoutlinedintheStudentHandbook.

    Cheating

    Cheatingwillnotbetolerated!Studentscaughtcheatingduringanexaminationwillberemovedfromtheexamandgivenan"F"forthecourse.

    Plagiarismisacademicmisconductthatinvolvesusingwords,opinions,andinformationofothersasyourown.Writtenworkwillbeanalyzedin"turnitin.com"andanydocumentidentifiedasplagiarismwillgenerateanFandchargesforAcademicMisconductagainstthestudentwillbebroughtup.AcademicMisconductbecomesapermanentpartofastudentrecord.

    IncompleteGradesAnincompletegradeisatemporarysymbolgivenatthediscretionoftheinstructorforworknotcompleted,becauseofseriousinterruptionnotcausedbythestudent'sownnegligence.Anincompletegrademustbemadeupasquicklyaspossible,butnolaterthantwosemestersoritwillautomaticallydefaulttothegradethatthestudentearnedinthecourse.Thereisnoextensiontothetwosemesterdeadline.Thestudentmustnotregisteragainforthecoursetomakeuptheincomplete.Incompletegradewillrequirewrittendocumentation(doctor'snote,accidentreport,etc.)oftheunderlyingconditionthatimpedesstudentprogress.Aformwillneedtobesignedbythestudentdetailingtheprocedureandagendaforcompletingcoursework.Studentswhoreceiveanincompletegradeandhaveappliedforgraduationattheendofthatterm,mustcompletetheincompletegradebytheendofthefourthweekofthefollowingterm.Failuretodosowillresultinacancellationofgraduation.Thatstudentwillneedtoreapplyforgraduation.

    PreNursingStudentsNoteofAdvice

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  • MCB2000andLabarerequiredalongwithothersciencecoursesforentryintoBSNintheSchoolofNursing.Thiscoursewillcoverthebasicsofbiologicalsciencesaswellasthebasicnatureofmicrobialdiseases,immunologyandepidemiology.Thiscourseisnotsimplyarequirement,butratheronethatcanprovidethefundamentalscientificbackgroundtoNursing.

    PleasenotethattheadmissionrequirementstoFIU'sNursingprogramdonotallowrepeatsinsciencecourses.ThatmeansyoumustearnataminimumagradeofC(notCorlower).NursingprogramisverycompetitiveandagradeofCdoesnotguaranteethatyouwillgetin.

    Course Calendar

    Date Topics Chapters Activity Aug. 26 Introduction 1 28 Why is Microbiology important 1 Sept. 2 Chemistry of Microbiology 2 4 Tools in Microbiology 3

    9 Cell structure - Prokaryotic cell 4 Start submitting a topic for a paper or presentation for approval

    11 Cell structure - Eukaryotic cell 5 16 Viruses 6 18 Microbial Nutrition and Growth 7 23 Microbial Metabolism 8 25 EXAM I 30 Microbial Genetics 9 Oct. 2 Genetic Engineering 10 7 Control of Microbes 11 9 Drugs and Microbes 12 14 Microbe-Human Interactions 13 16 Non-Specific Defense 14 Guest speaker - TBA 21 Specific Immunity 15 Submit a paper 23 Disorders in Immunity 16 28 Diagnosing Infections 17 30 EXAM II Nov. 4 Diseases of Skin and Eyes 18 Students presentations

    6 Diseases of the Nervous System 19 Students presentations

    11 Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic System 20 Students presentations

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  • 13 Diseases of the Respiratory System 21 Students presentations

    18 Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System 22 Students presentations

    20 Diseases of the Genitourinary System 23 Students presentations

    25 Environmental Microbiology 24 Students presentations

    27 Thanksgiving Holiday Students presentations

    Dec. 3 No class

    10 FINAL EXAM

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