MIC 102 Syllabus

MIC 102 Syllabus - Microbiology 102—Introductory...

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Unformatted text preview: Microbiology 102—Introductory Microbiology Fall 2009 MW 2:10 to 4:00, Storer 1322 Office hours M 4:00 to 5:00, Th 12:00 to 2:00, SLB 2064 Instructor: Alex Appleman Email address: [email protected] PLEASE don’t use the ucdavis.edu one. Class overview: This is a survey of the world of single-celled organisms. Most of life’s history is single-celled; most living things are microbes, and the world we inhabit was built and is maintained by microbes. All of the Bacteria and Archaea and most of the Eukarya are microbes, and they represent almost all of life’s biochemical diversity. We will study the structure of these cells, how they get energy and grow, how they store, express, and transfer information, how they evolve, and the interactions between them and the rest of the world, including us. Preparation. Introductory biology is a prerequisite for this course. It is expected that you know the basics of bioenergetics and gene expression. Review material will be posted on the class website, and it will be clear what information you are expected to know in class. If you feel at all shaky about this, review this material immediately. Readings. We will be using as our textbook Microbiology: an Evolving Science by Sonczewski and Foster. Provisional reading assignments are in the syllabus; they are subject to change. I will also be providing papers from the current scientific literature, along with glosses to clarify and provide context for the findings. It is useful to become comfortable with scientific writing, and these papers provide the most recent information on our subject matter. These papers will be posted on the class website, accessed Via my.ucdavis. This textbook will be used in upper-level microbiology classes, and provides more in- depth material than will be used in class. This is useful in that it can provide a richer understanding of some topics, but may present a dizzying wall of facts. You can use the lecture to serve as an outline of what is significant in the textbook. I recommend going over the text in advance of the lecture, then going over your lecture notes before filling in detail with a thorough reading of the text. Also, review questions will help you to figure out how much of the textbook’s detail is necessary for this class. There will be material covered in class that is NOT in the reading. Conversely, there will be material covered in the textbook that is NOT covered in class. Office Hours. I will be available for office hours on Thursdays from noon to 2:00 in room 2064 SLB, or by appointment. I also like chatting after class. I strongly encourage you to make use of office hours. Questions during or after class are encouraged, and I try to answer emails within 24 hours. Talk to me! Grades. Grading will be based on two in-class midterms, each worth 30% of your grade, and a final worth 40% of your grade. The final will cover material from the entire class. A cumulative score of 90% or better guarantees an A; 80% or better a B, and so on. Points from participation in class “quizlets” will be added to your score as bonus points. I will be providing questions for review every week, as well as old tests, for review. Microbiolo 102—Introducto Microbiolo Fall 2008 Session Da Date Readin 1 M Sept 28 Defining microbiology; the Bacteria Skim Chapter 1 (mainly for and Archaea; Life for small cells. flavor); Chapter 3; 723-724. 2 W Sept 30 Bacterial Structure; microscopy and Chapter 2; Chapter 3 other techniques 3 M Oct 5 Bacterial structure; growth of cells; Chapter 4, Chapter 5 laboratory culturing 4 W Oct 7 An overview of energetics; Redox p. 507-509, especially table 14.1. reactions; fermentation Chapter 13.1-5. Chapter 16.2-4 Final FRI Dec 11 8:00 AM. That’s “AM”, in the mornin! 6 W Oct 14 Metabolic diversity 135-7 7 M Oct 19 Phototrophy 14.6; 18.2-3; 19.5 8 W Oct 21 Midterm 1 15.1-3; 15.4 if interested Using energy: fixing carbon; 5 nthesis 9 M Oct 26 fixing nitrogen; nutrient and element 15.5; 22—1,2,4,5 cycles 10 W Oct 28 The Central Dogma” in Bacteria 8.1-6; 19.1 and Archaea 1 1 M Nov 2 Regulation of gene expression: 10.1-8 mechanisms 12 W Nov 4 Molecular genetic systems: Viruses Chapter 6, Chapter 7.4; 11.1-2. 13 M Nov 9 Genetic anal sis of rok otes W Nov 11 Veterans’ Day Holiday. No Class. — 14 M Nov 16 Genomes, genomics, and evolution Chapter 7; 9.7; 173-5 15 W Nov 18 Midterm 2 18.1, 19.1 Diversity and systematics 16 M Bacterial Ecology Chapter 21.1-4 25 ' 1-7 19 W Eukaryotic microbiology 20.1, TBA ...
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