Microbiology for Teachers
Your course grade will be based on these four aspects
of your performance.
- First, you will take four 75-point exams
and one 45-point exam. These exams will cover
material from lecture (~85%) and lab (~15%), and will consist of
multiple-choice, matching multiple-choice, true-false and
short-answer essay questions. If you miss exam 1, 2, 3 or 4 for an
acceptable reason, you may take a long-answer
essay makeup exam within two class days after the
(missed) exam was given.
- Second, you will be expected to turn in a
one-page (typed, single-spaced) written report and
to present a two-minute oral report based on it at some
point during the course. To successfully complete this
(5-point) course requirement, you must:
- Read a current article which you find in a recent
(published no earlier than 12 months prior to the
start of this course) newspaper, magazine, or on the internet.
- Your article must be directly related to the
topic being discussed in class on the day you present
- Look for articles that are intended for educated
people who are not professional scientists, because they
relate more to the social and community aspects of
microbiology, which makes them more interesting and
informative for this class.
- Neither articles from professional medical or
microbiology research journals are acceptable.
- Write a one-page (typed) report that
- give the complete reference for the article at the
top of the page. This reference must include the:
Author, Title, Source (magazine,
newspaper, web page address [URL]), Date
published, and Pages (0 points ... but
NO points will be given for the report until I
receive the complete reference, and 3 points
will be deducted if the reference is omitted when you turn
in your report);
- describe the article's content ... tell what
information is conveyed in the article, which will take a
long paragraph of 8-10 sentences that will occupy about
two-thirds of the page (8 points);
- explain how the article is relevant to both this
discussion topic and the course as a whole ...
discuss how it is related to past, present
and/or future issues in microbiology relevant to this
course, which will take a short paragraph of 4-5 sentences
and will occupy about one-third of the page (4
- explain how you might use this article in your
classroom ... discuss how you could use it
to help engage your students and extend their
understanding of microbiology and its importance in their
lives (3 points).
- Hand in your report, together with a copy of the
article itself, at the beginning of class the day it
is due (one class day before your presentation is
- Present your oral report on the day I discuss your topic
- Be sure to discuss your oral report with me when you
turn in the written report because I will integrate your
talk into my lecture on your topic and I need to know the
focus of your presentation to be able to do that.
- Present all the aspects covered in your written
report when you present it orally ... but also be
certain that you present your oral report rather
than simply reading it to the class.
- Third, you are expected to maintain a laboratory
notebook (50 points). You are expected to participate in every
laboratory exercise, but you are allowed one excused
absence. Ten points will be subtracted for each additional
Your course grade will be determined as follows:
Cheating on any aspect of this course will make you subject
to immediate dismissal from the class with a grade of F.
© 1998-2002. John R. Stevenson. All Rights
questions and comments to:
R. Stevenson, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology
Oxford, Ohio 45056
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