Microbiology is the study of how bacteria, virus, protozoa, and yeast interact with humans, animals, plants, and the environment. Since these organisms are too small to be seen with the human eye, microscopes are an essential tool for visualizing these organisms.
Each module will begin with activities including readings and video that you will complete prior to coming to class. It is important that you complete these activities so that you come to class prepared for the lesson and labs. At the end of some of the activities, you will construct a concept map showing what you have learned so far and the connections between the concepts. Concept maps are used to organize and represent knowledge. They include concepts, usually enclosed in circles or boxes of some type, and relationships between concepts showing by connecting lines and arrows that link related concepts.
For more information on concept maps check out these sites:
- Inspiration.com (free for 30 days)
- Read chapter in ebook on introduction to microorganisms, and microbiology. There are three sections.
Trace the history of microbiology – conduct an internet or library search on the major points in the history of microbiology
- Who are the scientists
- What was discovered
- How did it impact humans
Review the parts of the microscope. Be prepared to complete a short quiz on the parts of the microscope in the lesson.
Make a concept map that shows the evolution of the field of microbiology including the important people, discoveries, and impact of microbes on humans.