MBI 161 - Elementary Medical Microbiology

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Here are a couple of examples of course relevance statements that provide evidence of a lot of thought about how the articles being reported on are relevant to MBI 161:

This article relates to the course in how it describes what variables can influence the development and spreading of a virus. It relates how animals can interact with viruses that ultimately affect, and are virulent, towards humans. It discussed how animals serve as hosts for the virus before it infects humans. The idea of epidemiology was breached when the article discussed how scientists are studying how the West Nile Virus is being tracked in certain populations of birds and mosquitoes. It is important for my classmates to read this article because it discusses how we as humans are on a continuous battle with infectious disease and probably will be for many years. It shows how vulnerable humans really are to diseases such as this and how very important it is as living entities in this world to support finding more about infectious disease and how they function.

This article also briefly discusses how viruses can be contracted by animal, as well as human, hosts. The article explained how scientists are using animals for epidemiological purposes, or for studying diseases within a particular population, relating to course material on disease control and epidemiology. It related to our study of particular diseases like anthrax and SARS to animal hosts and carriers. This article is very important to read because it shows the efforts being made to again combat microbial diseases in our world. To know that animal disease can be used to help “defeat” human disease is something everyone should be aware of. I think that this might open up a whole new branch of microbiological study, where animals will be studied equally as human entities.

Popular Questions from Past Courses

Q: How many points do I have, and what is my current grade?
A: Check out the Evaluation web page for the grade distribution guidelines, then check out your current points and estimated grade.

Q: What is the best way to study for this course?
A: Check out the Study Tips and do what they tell you. The tip about using writing to integrate diverse ideas and synthesize them into your own working model is my favorite. Another very helpful approach is to thoroughly familiarize yourself with the material, then discuss it with other students to help you look at it from different viewpoints to make sure you understand it and that you have not just memorized the information.

Q: Exactly how useful is the textbook to us in studying for this class? I find it a little hard to read, and it seems like everything we need to know can be found on the study guides. Is it best to use the textbook as a reference?
A: The textbook is a very important reference, because it will allow you to go beyond the lectures and the study guide on many topics, thus allowing you to better develop your knowledge base and your understanding of microbiology. As I indicate on the Study Tips web page, it would be a mistake to think that memorizing the study guide is sufficient for success in this course. After you have memorized enough material to have a significant knowledge base, you need to use it as a "jumping-off" point for developing a deeper understanding of microbiology, especially from a conceptual and process-oriented viewpoint. Only when you have mastered this process will you be able to truly understand microbiology such that you can use it for the rest of your life. That, of course, is what a real education is all about. Interestingly enough, as you progress through the semester, one way to gauge your progress is to note how much easier it becomes to read the textbook. Happy synthesis and integration!

Q: What will the questions be like on the exams?
A: Check out the Sample Questions for some tips and "mind tweaks".

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John R. Stevenson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology
Miami University
Oxford, Ohio 45056
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