Great in-depth book on microbiology which is intended for medical microbiology college level classes. This could easily supplement a tradition test book. Chapters are broken into individual subjects and bacteria are broken up into different pages so that students could easily look up a few key bacteria and either review for an exam or write a report.
The learning goals of this site are to introduce bacteria and how we interact with it on a daily basis. Its goal is also to either enhance or replace a traditional text book.
Target Student Population:
Upper level colleges students taking Pathogenic Microbiology or Medical Microbiology courses
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Biology, Chemistry, and General Microbiology would be recommended
Type of Material:
Web pages linked as chapters in a book to cover an entire medical microbiology book.
To enhance or replace a microbiology book for a medical microbiology class.
Evaluation and Observation
The material is fairly complete for understanding the concepts of bacteriology and pathogenic microbiology
The material is clearly laid out and follows good pedagody for medical microbiology
Images are of good quality and illustrate concepts well
The various chapters are accurate and current
Very detailed and clear Great photos Introduced topics in a very logical and orderly manor Great section on Bacterial Pathogens and Diseases of Humans as well as Principles of Bacterial Pathogenesis to list a few. Expresses the basic consepts in a well defined manor
Incorporating a chapter on regulation of virulence and including information about the relationship between biofilms and infection somewhere in the text would be a plus
Wish there was more content on Parasites and fungal infections
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Does a good job of demonstrating the relationships between microbes and the host
Can serve as an excellent resource to build on the knowledge provided by pathogenic microbiology or medical microbiology courses
Could be used by instructors to supplement lecture material
Great supplementary information to a microbiology class. Covered most topics in depth. Explanations are easy to understand and verbiage is not too confusing for beginners
Learning objectives for each chapter are not clearly stated
Inclusion of learning activities based on Bloom's taxonomy would strengthen this material as a teaching tool
Needs to cover fungal and parasitic organisms in more detail Would love practice questions or comprehension questions to be attached.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
It is very easy to locate and navigate through the chapters of this text.
The material is well organized
No defective links or bugs were found
The material loaded extremely fast
Would definitely be a great supplementary information for the traditional text book. But still needs a few changes to truly take over for a physical test book.
Other Issues and Comments:
Great supplementary information especially the Bacterial Pathogens and Diseases of Humans as well as Principles of Bacterial Pathogenesis sections.