Denise G Anderson
Consideration of medically important fungi and parasites, with emphasis on their biology in relation to disease and its laboratory diagnosis. For medical technology students, microbiology majors, and medical students as an elective. Prerequisite: BIOL 200; recommended: immunology. Offered: Sp.
The first three weeks of Micro 444 focuses on medically important fungi; the rest of the course covers a wide range of parasites.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course consists of a lecture component and a lab component. The focus of the lab in on learning to identify fungi and parasites in prepared microscopic slides.
Biology 200 is a prerequisite, and immunology is recommended.
To be successful in the course, students need consistent and focused study time in order to learn the material. The course covers a great deal of information that students must master!
Class assignments and grading
At the conclusion of the mycology component of the course, there will be two complementary comprehensive exams: 1) a multiple-choice exam focusing on lecture material, and 2) a practical exam (props with short-answer questions) focusing on information covered during lab.
For the parasitology component, there will be two multiple-choice midterms focusing on lecture material. The lab final(the last day of lab) will be a comprehensive practical exam covering only the parasitology component of the course; the lecture final (during finals week) will be a comprehensive multiple choice exam covering only the parasitology component of the course.
In addition, there will be several "unknowns" that students identify during lab.
Final grades are calculated by first determining the average score of the top 5% of undergraduate students in the course. This score represents the 100% mark by which grades will be determined. Because the course is not graded on a curve, it is possible for everyone to get a 4.0.