May 21-Aug 10, 2012
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $835.05 NSTA members 10% discount
Instructor(s): Barry Pyle
Course DescriptionThe goals of this course are to provide science educators and others with the fundamentals of microbiology that will allow them to expand their knowledge base and enhance their teaching activities in this subject. Teachers will gain an appreciation of the biology of microorganisms through reading, web searches, discussions, assignments and an experiment on the life and death of microorganisms, the microbial world and microorganisms in their environments. They will also learn how knowledge and understanding of microbiology can be applied in daily life, in biotechnology and in studying complex issues such as the origins of life and microbial diversity in natural environments. The course will provide a sound grounding in microbiology for those who intend to take courses such as microbial ecology, environmental microbiology, infectious diseases, microbial genetics, and biofilms.
These main topics will be covered: Microscopes and the Study of Microbial Structure; Prokaryotic Cell Structure and Function; Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function; Viruses and other Acellular Agents; Microbial Growth and Nutrition; Microbial Evolution, Taxonomy, and Diversity; The Archaea; The Deinococci and Gram-Negative Nonproteobacteria; The Proteobacteria; The Low G + C Gram-Positive Bacteria; The High G + C Gram-Positive Bacteria; The High G + C Gram-Positive Bacteria; and Eukaryotic Microbes.
Each participant will set up an experiment that will run for most of the semester, using Winogradsky columns to study the growth of microbes in sediment or soil. A review of Winogradsky columns, an experiment proposal, set up report, weekly measurements and observations to be summarized as an update, and a final report. The final assignment will be a PowerPoint presentation on the experiment.
Course participants will be required to participate regularly in the weekly discussions related to the topics and submit several assignments during the semester. Discussions, online quizzes, written assignments and presentations will be included in the assessment. Participants will have proxy access to the Montana State University library online. A time commitment of 9-12 hours per week is typical, but those who are less familiar with the course material or online course delivery may need to put in extra time, especially early in the semester.
Meeting Place and Times
Teachers log into the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week spending 9 - 12 hours each week while the course is in session, either online or offline, working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.
Instructor(s)Barry Pyle, PhD. Dr. Pyle, Associate Research Professor, completed his BS, MS and PhD in New Zealand and joined the Department of Microbiology at Montana State University to begin post-doctoral research in 1985. He has taught online graduate courses in environmental microbiology for over 10 years. His research interests include microbiology of water, wastewater, food, and spaceflight microbiology. http://www.montana.edu/wwwmb/index.php?page=barry-pyle
PrerequisitesThis course is designed primarily for middle school and high school science teachers who are currently certified with at least one year of teaching experience. Participants should have taken a college level general microbiology course or equivalent.
Time Commitment:9-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.
Tuition and Fees
NSTA Members are eligible to receive a 10% discount on tuition.
A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.
The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.
A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).
To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.
Participants are responsible for purchasing the required text for the course on their own before the course begins. The text will be available through MBS Direct approximately two weeks before the course begins.
This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.
For More Information
regarding registration, please contact Kelly Boyce by phone at (800)282-6062 or (406)994-6812, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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