John A. Leigh
Structure, biochemical properties, and genetics of the major groups of prokaryotes. Prerequisite: BIOL 200; recommended: either CHEM 223, CHEM 237, or CHEM 335; MICROM 410. Offered: Sp.
Micro 412 is a course in microbial diversity. Major groups of non-medically important bacteria are covered, with a focus on the importance of metabolism in determining an organism's role in nature. The text book for Spring 2007 is Brock Biology of Microorganisms, 11th Edition.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course consists of lectures and readings from the text book.
Students should have some background in biology, chemistry, and basic microbiology. Some biochemistry and/or genetics is helpful. Micro 412 is normally taken after Micro 410 (basic biology of bacterial cells) and Micro 411 (Gene Action).
Class assignments and grading
Lectures and readings in text book.
Two midterms and one final are given. Exams are multiple choice. Grading is calculated on percentage of correct answers, with 100% adjusted to the top scores in the class.