MCB 101
Introductory Microbiology Lab
School of Molecular & Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Announcements Fall 2017

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. . . Last Modified: Wednesday 10/4/17

MCB101 Teaching Assistant Office Hours

Have a question about the material in MCB101? Ask a TA or Dr. Chapman.

Xuankun Zeng (TA for sections ABD and ABG) will be available at 3 – 4 pm on Tuesdays in room 242 Burrill Hall.

Zhenglin Yang (TA for sections ABA and ABB) will be available at 10 – 11 am on Fridays in room 242 Burrill Hall.

Chong Doi (TA for sections ABE and ABF) will be available at 11 am – noon on Fridays in room 242 Burrill Hall.

Qinyu Hao (TA for section ABC and prep TA) will be available at 4 – 5 pm on Fridays in room C428 CLSL.

Dr. Chapman’s office hours are:  3:15 – 5 pm on Monday,  4 – 5 pm on Tuesday,
3:15 – 5 pm on Wednesday and 3:30 – 4 pm on Thursdays in room 241 Burrill Hall.

If you miss a lab class but have grounds for being granted an excused absence, you will be allowed to make up the work that you missed. Contact Dr. Chapman whenever you miss a lab class, or know that you will have to miss a lab class, so we can make arrangements for you to do a make-up lab. There is a lab make-up session every Friday at 10:15 AM, just after the MCB101 lecture. Make-up labs meet in room 242 Burrill Hall. Alternatively, we may be able to allow you to attend a different lab section that is doing the same experimental work that you missed or must miss.

If you have a conflict that prevents you from taking an Exam or attending a lab class or lecture at the scheduled time, contact Dr. Chapman by e-mail.

Exam 1 - Friday, October 6, 2017 - it covers experiments 1 - 8
. . . . place:
Lab Sections A, B, C and D (MW labs) take the exam in 180 Bevier Hall
Lab Sections E, F and G (TR labs) take the exam in 103 Mumford Hall

Exam 2 - Friday, November 10, 2017 - it covers experiments 9 - 14
. . . . place:
Lab Sections A, B, C and D (MW labs) take the exam in 180 Bevier Hall
Lab Sections E, F and G (TR labs) take the exam in 103 Mumford Hall

Final Exam

time: to be determined (but during finals week, not before December 15)
place: to be determined

If you have a conflict contact Dr. Chapman.
State the nature of your conflict.
Conflict exams are given BEFORE the rest of the class takes the exam.
The MCB101 Conflict Final Exam will be given some time during Final Exams week.


Lab classes begin on Monday, August 28 for sections A, B, C and D and Tuesday, August 29 for sections E, F, and G.
Attendance is taken and it constitutes a part of your grade.

  • All Lab Sections meet in room 242 Burrill Hall.

  • Make Up Labs: If you miss a lab, Dr. Chapman holds make up lab sessions in room 242 Burrill Hall on Fridays at 10:15 AM depending on Dr. Chapman's schedule.
    Contact Dr. Chapman if you need to attend a make up lab session.

  • Exam results are returned in either lecture or lab classes about a week after the test is given.

Exam Dates:

MCB101 Hourly exams are given during the regular lecture period, Friday at 9 - 9:50 AM,
the place will be announced when they tell me what rooms I get.

Exam 1 will cover experiments 1 - 8, it will be given on Friday, October 6.

Exam 2 will cover experiments 9 - 14, it will be given on Friday, November 10.

Exam - 3, The Final Exam, covers experiments 15 - 19
and includes a comprehensive portion (about 1/3)
Time: I don't know the date, time or place, but it will be during Finals Week.
Place: To Be Announced

  • To see the answers to the problems on pages 206 - 209 of the lab manual use this link..