MCB 301
Experimental Microbiology
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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MCB 301 Syllabus: Spring 2018 (Downloadable PDF)

Course Web Site: http://www.life.uiuc.edu/mcb/301

Course Instructor:
Dr. Jack Ikeda
175A Burrill Hall
244-8732
jikeda@illinois.edu
Laboratory Coordinator:
Renee L. Alt
232A Burrill Hall
333-4306 (Office)
rlalt@illinois.edu
Dr. Ikeda
Office Hours

MW: 1:00 2:00 pm
(or by appointment)
Ms. Alt
Office Hours

By appointment only

Course Description: Laboratory emphasizing the fundamentals of microbiology. Topics include growth, isolation, and identification of bacteria; antibiotic resistance; ELISA; conjugation and transposon mutagenesis.

Credit:3 credit hours. Students must register for one lab-discussion and one lecture section.

Prerequisite: Students are expected to have taken MCB 250 and MCB 251 or course equivalents prior to enrolling in MCB 301. Students should also have credit or concurrent registraton in MCB 300, or consent of instructor.

Required Course Materials:

  1. “Experimental Microbiology: Laboratory Exercises for MCB 301, Spring 2018 ”.  Gail K. Grabner, Jack Ikeda and Renee L. Alt.
  2. “Biology Laboratory Notebook” Carbonless with duplicate, numbered pages
  3. Ruler and non-graphing Scientific Calculator, required at every lab and exam

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Course Syllabus
Laboratory Schedule   Lecture Schedule   Assignment Schedule


Laboratory Schedule

An experiment highlighted in bold type indicates a pre-lab is due for that exercise prior to the lab period

Date (pt total) Experiment Lab Manual Pages
Day 1
Wed Jan 17
Thu Jan 18
Course introduction
1: Streak Plate
2: Luminescent bacteria
I-XXXII
1-9
10-13
Day 2
Mon Jan 22
Tue Jan 23
1, 2: Evaluations
3: Spread plate
4: Simple stain
8, 13
14-17
18.29
Day 3
Wed Jan 24
Thu Jan 25
3: Evaluations
5: Gram stain
17
30-32
Day 4 (12)
Mon Jan 29
Tue Jan 30
6: Wet mount, Darkfield
7a-d: Enzymes and adaptation, 1
33-42
43-53
Day 5 (33)
Wed Jan 31
Thu Feb 1
7a-d: Enzymes and adaptation, 2
8a: Lactic acid bacteria enrichment

43-54
55-63

Day 6 (22)
Mon Feb 5
Tue Feb 6
8b: Lactic acid bacteria isolation
9: Antibiotic producing bacteria, drying soil
63-64
66-71
Day 7 (42)
Wed Feb 7
Thu Feb 8

8c: Lactic acid bacteria observation
9a: Antibiotic producing bacteria, enrichment
10a-b: Environmental effects, 1

64-65
72
83-90
Day 8 (20)
Mon Feb 12
Tue Feb 13
9b: Antibiotic producing bacteria purification, 2
10a-b: Environmental effects, 2
10c-d: Environmental effects, 1
72
89-90
93-96
Day 9 (32)
Wed Feb 14
Thu Feb 15
10c-d: Environmental effects, 2
11a: Sporeformers enrichment
93-98
99-110
Day 10 (12)
Mon Feb 19
Tue Feb 20
11b: Sporeformers isolation, 1
9b: Antibiotic producing bacteria purification, 2
111-112
72
Day 11 (13)
Wed Feb 21
Thu Feb 22
9b: Antibiotic producing bacteria purification, 3
11b: Sporeformers isolation, 2
72
113-114
Day 12 (13)
Mon Feb 26
Tue Feb 27
11c: Sporeformers post-enrichment, 1
9b: Antibiotic producing bacteria purification, 4
115-116
72
Day 13 (20)
Wed Feb 28
Thu Mar 1
11c: Sporeformers post-enrichment, 2
9b: Antibiotic producing bacteria: isolation, 1
13a-b: MIC determination, 1

116-119

72

131-136

Day 14 (6)
Mon Mar 5
Tue Mar 6
9c: Antibiotic producing bacteria: determination of antimicrobial spectrum, 1
9d: Antibiotic producing bacteria: Preparing frozen stock
9e: Antibiotic producing bacteria: preparing DNA
13a-b: MIC determination, 2

73

74

75

135-138

Day 15 (29)
Wed Mar 7
Thu Mar 8
9c: Antibiotic producing bacteria: determination of antimicrobial spectrum, 2
9e: Antibiotic producing bacteria: DNA isolation, 1

73

76

Day 16 (34)
Mon Mar 12
Tue Mar 13
9d: Antibiotic producing bacteria: DNA isolation, 2
9e: Antibiotic producing bacteria: PCR

77

78-79

Day 17 (13)
Wed Mar 14
Thu Mar 15
9c: Antibiotic producing bacteria: determination of antimicrobial spectrum, 3
9g: Antibiotic producing bacteria: PCR cleanup, prepare samples for sequencing

73

79

Sat Mar 17 to Sun Mar 25
Spring Break  
Day 18 (25)
Mon Mar 26
Tue Mar 27
9h: Antibiotic producing bacteria: gel eletrophoresis
14a: Identification isolation
80
139-147
Day 19 (24)
Wed Mar 28
Thu Mar 29
14b: Identification purification, 1
15a-c: Biochemical tests, 1
148-149
153-184
Thurs Mar 29 OPEN HOURS BEGIN
SEE SCHEDULE
 
Day 20 (13)
Mon Apr 2
Tue Apr 3
9h: Antibiotic producing bacteria: analyzing DNA sequences
14b: Identification purification, 2
15a-c: Biochemical tests, 2
81-82
148-149
158-185
Day 21 (33)
Wed Apr 4
Thu Apr 5
14c: Identification dichotomous keys; inoculate tests, 1
16a: Transposon mutagenesis conjugation

150-152
186-190
Day 22 (21)
Mon Apr 9
Tue Apr 10
14c: Identification; inoculate tests, 2
16c: Transposon mutagenesis selection, 1
150-152
191
Day 23 (20)
Wed Apr 11
Thu Apr 12
14c: Identification; inoculate tests, 3
16c: Transposon mutagenesis selection, 2
150-152
192
Th Apr 12 OPEN HOURS END  
Day 24 (12)
Mon Apr 16
Tue Apr 17
16c: Transposon mutagenesis characterization, 1
193-197
Day 25 (12)
Wed Apr 18
Thu Apr 19
16c: Transposon mutagenesis characterization, 2
17a: ELISA fluid exchange
17a: ELISA analysis

193-198

199-207

207-212

Day 26
Mon Apr 23
Tue Apr 24
Lab Practical Review and Practice
Lab clean up & drawer inventory
TA ICES forms
 
Day 27 (42)
Wed Apr 25
Thu Apr 26
Lab Practical Exam, Part I
Dilution problem calculation, Gram stain, Brightfield microscopy, streak plate
Day 28 (58)
Mon Apr 30
Tue May 1
Lab Practical Exam, Part II
Dilutions & spread plate, wet mount & phase contrast, biochemical tests, dichotomous key

Lecture Schedule

Date Topic(s)
January 19
Lecture 1

Basic microbiology techniques (aseptic technique, pure culture, plating); Luminescent bacteria; Microscopy; Staining (cell wall structure)

January 26
Lecture 2

Microscopy; Enzymes and adaptation

February 2
Lecture 3
Enzymes and adaptation; Lactic acid bacteria
February 9
Exam 1
Basic microbiology techniques; Microscopy; Staining; Luminescent bacteria; Enzymes and adaptation
February 16
Lecture 4
Lactic acid bacteria; Environmental effects
February 23
Lecture 5
Bacterial growth; Sporeformers
March 2
Lecture 6
Sporeformers; MIC
March 9

Exam 2
Lactic acid bacteria; Bacterial growth; Environmental effects;

DROP DEADLINE

March 16
Lecture 7

Sporeformers; Antibiotic producing bacteria

March 23
Spring Break
March 30
Lecture 8
Biochemical tests
April 6
Lecture 9
Identification; Transposon mutagenesis
April 13
Exam 3
Sporeformers; MIC; Biochemical tests
April 20
Lecture 10
Transposon mutagenesis; ELISA/Agglutination; Dilution problem
April 27
Lecture 11
TBA

Finals Week

Final Exam
Transposon mutagenesis; Identification; ELISA/Agglutination; Antibiotic producing bacteria

Assignment Schedule

Date Assignment Due
Point Total
Day 1
Wed Jan 17
Th Jan 18
Nothing Due
Day 2
Mon Jan 22
Tu Jan 23
Nothing Due
Day 3
Wed Jan 24
Th Jan 25
Pre-lab 1-6: Basic Technique
10 points
Day 4
Mon Jan 29
Tu Jan 30

Pre-lab 7: Enzymes & adaptation

10 points

Day 5
Wed Jan 31
Thu Feb 1

Pre-lab 8: Lactic acid bacteria

Post-lab 1-6: Basic Technique

10 points

10 points

Day 6
Mon Feb 5
Tues Feb 6
Pre-lab 9: Antibiotic producing bacteria
Post-lab 7: Enzymes & adaptation

10 points

10 points

Day 7
Wed Feb 7
Thu Feb 8

7: Enzymes & adaptation Lab Report

Pre-lab 10: Enviornmental effects

24 points

10 points

Fri Feb 9
Exam 1
Basic microbiology techniques; Microscopy; Staining; Luminescent bacteria; Enzymes and adaptation
50 points
Day 8
Mon Feb 12
Tue Feb 13

Post-lab 8: Lactics

10 points
Day 9
Wed Feb 14
Thu Feb 15

Pre-lab 11: Sporeforming bacteria

8: Lactic acid bacteria lab report

10 points

65 points

Day 10
Mon Feb 19
Tue Feb 20
Post-lab 10: Environmental effects
10 points
Day 11
Wed Feb 21
Thu Feb 22
10: Environmental effects Lab Report
60 points
Fri Feb 23

12: Growth Curve opens in LON-CAPA at 2pm

Day 12
Mon Feb 26
Tue Feb 27

Nothing Due

 

Day 13
Wed Feb 28
Thu Mar 1
Pre-lab 13: MIC determination

10 points

Day 14
Mon Mar 5
Tue Mar 6

12: Growth Curve exercise on LON-CAPA

Post-lab 11: Sporeforming bacteria

41 points

10 points

Day 15
Wed Mar 7
Thu Mar 8

11: Sporeforming bacteria lab report

Post-lab 13: MIC determination

63 points

10 points

Fri Mar 9
Exam 2
Lactic acid bacteria; Bacterial growth; Environmental effects
50 points
Day 16
Mon Mar 12
Tu Mar 13

13: MIC Lab Report

24 points

Day 17
Wed Mar 14
Thu Mar 15

Nothing Due

 

Sat Mar 17 to
Sun Mar 25
Spring Break
Day 18
Mon Mar 26
Tue Mar 27

Pre-lab 15: Identification

10 points

Day 19
Wed Mar 28
Thu Mar 29

Pre-lab 16: Biochemical tests

10 points

Day 20
Mon Apr 2
Tue Apr 3

Nothing Due

Day 21
Wed Apr 4
Thu Apr 5

Pre-lab 17: Transposon mutagenesis

Post-lab 9: Antibiotic producing bacteria

Post-lab 16: Biochemical tests

10 points

10 points

10 points

Day 22
Mon Apr 9
Tue Apr 10

16: Biochemical tests Lab Report

43 points

Day 23
Wed Apr 11
Thu Apr 12
9: Antibiotic producing bacteria Lab Report
65 points

Fri Apr 13

Exam 3
Sporeformers; MIC; Biochemical tests
50 points
Day 24
Mon Apr 16
Tue Apr 17

Post-lab 15: Identification

10 points

Day 25
Wed Apr 18
Thu Apr 19

Pre-lab 17: ELISA

15: Identification Lab Report

10 points

47 points

Day 26
Mon Apr 23
Tue Apr 24

16: Transposon mutagenesis Lab Report (NO LATE LAB REPORTS ACCEPTED)

17: ELISA Lab Report (NO LATE LAB REPORTS ACCEPTED)

Post-lab 16: Transposon mutagenesis

Post-lab 17: ELISA


62 points

 

26 points

 

10 points

10 points

Day 27
Wed Apr 25
Thu Apr 26
Lab Practical Exam, Part I
Dilution problem calculation, Gram stain, Brightfield microscopy, streak plate
Parts 1 and 2 worth a total of 100 points
Day 28
Mon Apr 30
Tue May 1
Lab Practical Exam, Part II
Dilutions & spread plate, wet mount & phase contrast, biochemical tests, dichotomous key

Finals Week

Final Exam
Transposon mutagenesis; Identification; ELISA/Agglutination; Antibiotic producing bacteria
50 points

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