MMG 301: Introductory Microbiology
Spring Semester 2003
Drs. Dazzo and Hausinger

General Info
Lecture Schedule
Exam & Quiz Policy
Grading Scale

General Information
 
Time/Location MWF 10:20 am - 11:10 pm / 158 Natural Resources
Instructors: Dr. Frank Dazzo  Office: 6174 BPS
Tel. (35)5-6463x1587 or 1600
email  dazzo@...
Dr. Robert Hausinger Office 6193 BPS
Tel. (35)5-6463x1610
email  hausinge@...
Office Hours: By appointment. Preferred contact method for answering questions is e-mail.
Textbook: Madigan et al.(2003) Brock Biology of Microorganisms, 10th Edition
Web Page: www.msu.edu/course/mmg/301

Lecture Schedule
 
Click on each day's title for lecture notes! The linked files are in Adobe Acrobat (*.pdf) format, and you will need the Acrobat Reader installed on your system to view/print these files. If you don't have Acrobat Reader click here: 

Lect. Day Date Instr. Lecture Topic Suggested Reading: 
BBOM 10th Edition
  Part 1. Introduction & Diversity of Microbes  
1 M 6-Jan RH/FD Introduction, Overview of Microbiology 1.1-1.4
2 W 8-Jan FD Milestones in Microbiology 1.5-1.6
3 F 10-Jan FD Microscopy & Morphology of Microorganisms 2.1; 4.1-4.4; 18.3-
18.4; 24.9-24.10
4 M 13-Jan RH Classification and Molecular Phylogeny of Microorganisms 11.3-11.5; 11.7-11.12
5 W 15-Jan RH ArchaeaQUIZ1 13.1-13.12
6 F 17-Jan FD Eukaryotic Microorganisms: protozoa, fungi, algae 2.1; 2.6; 14.1-14.11
  M 20-Jan   Martin Luther King Day - No Lecture  
        Part 2. Prokaryotic Structure/Function, Physiology,
and Growth
 
7 W 22-Jan FD Cell Envelope I.Outer membrane, periplasm     Quiz2 4.9
8 F 24-Jan FD Cell Envelope II. Murein sacculus, inner membrane 4.5-4.8
9 M 27-Jan FD Internal components: Cytosol, nucleoid, ribosomes, membrane
vesicles, other inclusions
2.1-2.2; 3.2-3.3;
4.13-4.15
10 W 29-Jan FD External Components:capsule, S-layers, pili, flagella 4.10; 4.13; 21.6
  F 31-Jan   Exam 1 (Covers lectures 1-10)  
11 M 3-Feb FD Motility and Chemotaxis (WITH 3 PAGES REVISED) 4.10-4.12; 8.10-8.11
12 W 5-Feb FD Microbial Nutrition, Cultivation, and Enrichment 5.1-5.3; 18.1-18.2;
20.1-20.3; 24.1-24.3
13 F 7-Feb FD Prokaryote Cell Division and Differentiation; Population
Measurements
4.15; 6.1-6.2; 
6.5-6.6; 12.20
14 M 10-Feb FD Population Growth Physiology I. Batch & Continuous Culture 6.3-6.4; 6.7
15 W 12-Feb FD Population Growth Physiology II. Stationary phase survival,
Quorum sensing, Biofilms   QUIZ3
8.9; 12.12; 19.3
16 F 14-Feb FD Control of Microbial Growth I: Temperature, pH, Osmotic
stress, Oxygen, Radiation
6.8-6.13; 20.1-20.2
17 M 17-Feb FD Control of Microbial Growth II: Chemical Antimicrobials 20.4-20.9
18 W 19-Feb FD Final comments and Review    QUIZ4  
  F 21-Feb   Exam 2 (Covers lectures 11-18)  
  Part 3. Bioenergetics, Genetics, and Biotechnology  
19 M 24-Feb RH Bioenergetics: I. Fermentation         (study guide for lec. 19-20) 5.4; 5.7-5.10; 17.19-
17.20; 12.11; 12.19-12.20
20 W 26-Feb RH Bioenergetics: II. Aerobic & Anaerobic Respiration, Lithotrophy 5.6; 5.11-5.13; 
17.8; 17.13-17.15
21 F 28-Feb RH Bioenergetics: III. Anoxygenic & Oxygenic Photosynthesis 17.1-17.5
  March 3-7   Spring Break - No Lectures  
22 M 10-Mar RH Bioenergetics: Costs of Synthesis        QUIZ5 5.14-5.15; 17.6-17.7
23 W 12-Mar RH Microbial Genetics: I. Genomics 7.1; 10.13; 
10.19; 15.1-15.7
24 F 14-Mar RH Genetics: II. Gene Expression and its Regulation 7.8-7.9; 8.4-
8.10; 15.8-15.9
25 M 17-Mar RH Genetics: II. Mutations and Bacteriophage 9.1-9.10; 10.1-
10.4; 10.11
26 W 19-Mar RH Genetics: IV. Gene Transfer    QUIZ6 10.5-10.10
27 F 21-Mar RH Biotechnology: products derived from microbes 30.1-30.14
28 M 24-Mar RH Biotechnology: genetic engineering basics 10.12; 10.14-10.17
29 W 26-Mar RH Bioremediation 19.15-19.18
30 F 28-Mar RH Final comments and Review (more sample problems)  
  M 31-Mar   Exam 3 (Covers lectures 19-30)  
  Part 4. Microbial Ecology  
31 W 2-Apr RH Human-microbe interactions: normal flora 21.1-21.5
32 F 4-Apr RH Bacterial Virulence Factors and Human Diseases 21.6-21.12; 26.1-
26.6; 26.9; 26.12-26.13
33 M 7-Apr RH Host defenses against microbial infection 21.13-21.14; 
22.1-22.2
34 W 9-Apr RH Human disease: Viruses 26.7-26.8; 
26.11; 26.14
35 F 11-Apr RH Epidemiology and Bioterrorism   quiz7  (Sample Med Micro problems) 25.1-25.4; 25.6-
25.7; 25.10-25.11
36 M 14-Apr FD Microbial Ecology: General Concepts and Biogeochemistry 19.1-19.2; 19.9-
19.10; 19.12-19.13
37 W 16-Apr FD Microbial Ecology Methods and Soil Microbiology 19.4
38 F 18-Apr FD Microbial Ecology of Aquatic and Wastewater Systems 19.5-19.7; 28.1-28.3
39 M 21-Apr FD Plant-Microbe Interactions 19.19-19.22
40 W 23-Apr FD Animal-Microbe Interactions 12.12; 19.8; 
19.10-19.11
41 F 25-Apr FD + RH Course Overview and Student Evaluation QUIZ8  
  W 30-Apr   Final Exam (Covers lectures 31-40) Form A Form B
10:00-12:00 in the normal lecture hall  Answers
 
           

Exams and Quizzes

Examples of test questions from prior years can be accessed by pressing sample exam questions

Grading: Four closed book examinations will be given -- each 50 min long, and each of equal weight. Review sheets are NOT allowed during the exams. A studentís final grade will be based on the mean of his/her three highest exam scores (in %) plus any bonus percentage points gained from in-class quizzes (below). No make-up exams or quizzes will be given. A missed exam will constitute the one to be dropped. Therefore, it is in each studentís best interest to make every effort to take each exam.

Eight in-class quizzes (approx. 5 min duration) will be given, each worth 1 percentage point (i.e., if the quiz contains 4 questions, each will count at 0.25 points). All bonus percentage points obtained from quizzes will be added to the mean of each studentís three best exam scores (above), and the total percentage points will be rounded to the nearest whole number (i.e., rounded down for numbers with an extension of < 0.5 and rounded up for > or = 0.5). Final grades will then be assigned according to the following scale:

Grading Scale:
 
Total % Grade   Total % Grade
90 and above 4.0   68-62 2.0
89-83 3.5   61-55 1.5
82-76 3.0   54-48 1.0
75-69 2.5   47-0 0.0