Biology 493/796: Topics in Microbiology



Course description and prerequisites: In this course the students will obtain a broad view of the scope of research in the field of microbiology. This includes research in applied and basic themes through the use of classic and molecular techniques. Students will learn how to critically read scientific papers and improve their data interpretation skills. The background required for this course includes courses in general biology, biochemistry, general microbiology and genetics. In addition to the required background, the students taking this course need consent by the instructor.

1 credit undergraduates.

2 credits graduates.



Class: Wednesday 5:30-7:20 pm;

White 111


Course website: http://www.unlv.edu/faculty/hjwing/BIO493



Dr. Helen Wing, Assistant Professor,

Department of Biological Sciences

Email: Helen.wing@ccmail.nevada.edu

Phone 895-5382

Office hours: Monday 4-5pm


Dr. Eduardo Robleto, Assistant Professor,

Department of Biological Sciences

Email: Eduardo.robleto@ccmail.nevada.edu

Phone: 895-2496


Dr. Brian Hedlund, Assistant Professor,

Department of Biological Sciences

Email: brian.hedlund@ccmail.nevada.edu

Phone: 895-0809

Office hours: Tuesday 4-5 pm and by appointment



Class limit: 15


Format: This class will be conducted in a seminar format in which each student will give one ~50 minute Powerpoint presentation. Students are to pick a paper focusing on some aspect of microbiology (bacteria, archaea, viruses or microbial eukaryotes) and to notify Dr. Wing by the third week of class (Feb. 2) with their choice. Students are welcome to use papers provided by the instructors on the first day of class; however, they may alternatively choose another article provided they receive approval from the instructors. The presentation should include appropriate background, a discussion of the techniques used, and strengths and weakness of the paper. Therefore, students must read other sources in order to place their paper within the context of other studies. Students not presenting should come to class prepared with at least one question or comment for the discussion following the presentation.


Grading: Students will be evaluated on their power point presentation (60%) and on their participation (40%). Final grades will be based on the following standard scale: A, 100-90%; A-, 89-87%; B+, 86-83%; B, 82-80%; B-, 79-77%; C+, 76-73%; C, 72-70%; C-, 69-67%; D, 66-57%; and below 57% would result in a failing grade (F).


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