Microbiology 102
(in 3 parts: I, II and III)
Updated and Corrected 1/22/14

(Note: None of the material mentioned below is meant to be done for handing in. It's basically an introduction to our "on-line experience" that can be worked on through the third week of the semester.)

A few years ago, Microbiology 102 changed from a course having two in-lab sessions a week (in a regular semester) to a revised course with just one in-lab session per week plus a "virtual component" to take care of a number of experiments that we found could be done on-line. This change came about from a severe budget crisis that found us having to cut back on in-lab time and materials. However, with the on-line material in mind, we found we can still have a substantial introductory microbiology course. The level of our quizzes and exams and our general expectations have not been diminished.

As you will note, all of our virtual lab experiments are represented in the Microbiology 102 lab manual along with the experiments we perform in the laboratory. For the virtual experiments, there are introductions to the concepts and also space for recording results in the manual, but the "experimental" procedures themselves are covered on-line, mainly in the Department of Bacteriology's "Instructional Microbiology Website." Those which are not found there will hopefully be incorporated into it eventually.


I.  THE DEPARTMENT OF BACTERIOLOGY'S INSTRUCTIONAL MICROBIOLOGY WEBSITE.  This website is edited by Dr. Tim Paustian, and is compiled mainly from a number of the department's lab manuals. It is divided into "chapters" which are further subdivided into specific topics as you will see when you examine the Table of Contents here. This manual can also be a source of supplemental information, such as the Review of the Microscope which actually goes beyond the scope of our course.

Virtual Experiment 3B is our first virtual experiment, and it is found on the Instructional Microbiology Website as follows:



Various items in the "Links Box" which serve as virtual experiments and supplemental information are found to be part of the Microbiology 102 website – and also certain other websites originating from one or more members of the Department of Bacteriology – as we shall see as we continue on with the course. Examples:


III.  SOME OUTSIDE MICROBIOLOGY SITES ON THE WEB have been found to be especially enjoyable and/or informative – such as in the following list: