||You will develop your ability to understand and manipulate the microbial world effectively
QUANTITATIVE LITERACY, LEVEL 3 will be assessed primarily in part l and 2 and reinforced in part 3.
- by historically identifying the tools, techniques or concepts that contribute to the development in this field;
- by developing skill in seeing and measuring microbes through the use of microscopy and micrometry;
- by mastering laboratory techniques: staining, culturing, and making serial dilution of microbes;
- by relating specific stains as a diagnostic tool for analyzing morphological structure;
- by reinforcing techniques and concepts through repeated use;
- by recognizing quantitative language and expressing it as graphic models;.
- by translating data and graphic models into statements and evaluate the extent to which the data support your statements.
ANALYSIS, PROBLEM SOLVING, LEVEL 4 will be assessed in part 2 and based on successful mastery of techniques in part l and interpretation of the meaning of the results of these procedures during your work on an unknown organism.
||You will develop your ability to work with multiple pieces of data and be able to create a framework or flowchart from this data resulting in a more complex view of the microbial organism
ANALYSIS, LEVEL 4 will be partially achieved by analyzing the process you used in identifying your unknown organism and the basis of your decision.
- by growing in confidence in the validity of your data and interpretation of your results;
- by interpreting the responses of microbes to various physical, chemical, or antibiotic agents;
- by systematically testing an unknown organism and relating your findings to a "BEST FIT" interpretation of this population data;
- by inserting your data into taxonomic software packages and using Bergey's DETERMINATIVE MICROBIOLOGY in order to identify your unknown organism.
PROBLEM SOLVING, LEVEL 4 will be partially achieved using a problem-solving process to select and implement procedures that will lead to the identification of your unknown organism. You must be able to explain your problem solving approach.
||You will relate your understanding of the microbial world to various applied fields and career goals and you will experience doing basic microbial research
VALUING, LEVEL 3 will be assessed in the ASSESSMENT CENTER. In this instrument you will be asked to show the impact of science and technology on society as well as societies impact on science and technology. You will have several learning experiences particularly at the time of studying microbial genetics and immunology.
- by reflecting on how microbes contribute to the explanation of basic biological concepts;
- by focusing on the microbial organisms that are causative agents disease and decay and which methods assist in identifying the agents;
- by designing, implementing, and reporting on your Investigative Learning Laboratory Experience.
ANALYSIS, LEVEL 4 will be achieved after you reflect on your completed Investigative Experience and critique your experimental design. You need to identify new questions as a result of this research experience.
PROBLEM SOLVING, LEVEL 4 will be achieved by designing, implementing, and reporting on your investigation of a selected microbial system.
Designed by Patricia Bower
Last update 2/3/2000
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