Author(s): Holly Ahern
THIS IS A FORTHCOMING OPEN SUNY TEXTBOOK. PUBLICATION IS SCHEDULED FOR 2017.
As a form of life too small to see and most often associated with disease, few people understand or appreciate the numerous positive contributions that microorganisms provide for all living things. Designed to support a course in microbiology, this laboratory experience permits a glimpse into the microscopic world and engages student interest in microbiology as a topic, field of study, and career. Microbiology: A Laboratory Experience provides a series of laboratory exercises suitable for a one-semester undergraduate microbiology or bacteriology course with a three- or four-hour lab period that meets once or twice a week.
This lab manual conforms to the American Society for Microbiology curriculum guidelines and takes a ground-up approach. Beginning with an introduction to biosafety and containment practices and working with biological hazards, the text then covers basic but essential microscopy skills, aseptic technique and culture methods, and builds to include more advanced methods. The exercises incorporate a overarching investigation of a bacterial isolate, which nurtures a sense of discovery and student engagement. The curriculum is rigorous but manageable for a single semester and incorporates best practices in biology education.