Sep 09-Dec 06, 2013
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $915.20 NSTA members 10% discount
Instructor(s): Elinor Pulcini
Course DescriptionThis course will explore the biodiversity of microbial communities present in environmental and medical biofilms using an inquiry based approach. Biofilms have been found to have tremendous impact in industry and in medicine. The biofilm lifestyle is now regarded to be the predominant life form for the majority of microorganisms in the environment. More recently, the impact of bacterial biofilms in medicine has been recognized in such areas as antibiotic resistance and chronic infection. In this course, emphasis will be placed on the ramifications of bacterial biofilms in both environmental and medical settings as well as advances in the techniques to study biofilms. A review of current literature will examine topics relevant to the study of biofilms including cell-cell communication, extracellular polymer production, and antimicrobial resistance.
Major topics to be covered:
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 and spend 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)Elinor Pulcini, PhD. Department of Microbiology, Montana State University
PrerequisitesIntroductory general microbiology course or appropriate experience with microbiology principles. Graduate standing.
Target AudienceMiddle and High School Teachers
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.
This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.
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