Sep 09-Dec 20, 2013
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $835.20
NSTA members 10% discount
Instructor(s): Barry Pyle
Course DescriptionThis course will provide science educators and others with the fundamentals of environmental and applied microbiology that will allow them to expand their knowledge base and enhance their teaching of microbiology and its real world applications. Through reading, web resources, discussions, quizzes, assignments and an experiment that runs through the semester, course participants will gain an appreciation of how microorganisms maintain the biosphere in a balanced state. They will also learn how our knowledge and understanding of microbiology can be applied in biotechnology and in complex issues such as the origins of life and its evolution, microbial diversity in natural environments, food production, bioremediation, water purification and wastewater treatment. The course complements other courses such as microbial ecology, infectious diseases, microbial genetics, and biofilms.
The main topics to be covered include
Meeting Place and Times
Participants 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)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 MB536, Exploring Microbiology, MB542 Microbial Ecology, or a college level general microbiology course or equivalent.
Target AudienceMiddle school and high school science teachers who are currently certified with at least one year of teaching experience.
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. Enter your NSTA Membership Number when you are asked for it on the registration form.
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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