MCB 428
Microbiology
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Announcements

More recent announcements are at the top of this document.

  • The Final Exam is scheduled for Saturday, December 15th at 1:30pm-4:30pm at 319 Gregory Hall. The Final Exam is worth 100 pts and covers Antibiotic Resistance Gene Transfer, Anaerobic Infections and Sexually Transmitted Diseases or Infections. Please be on time so everyone can start at the beginning of the period. Bring a pen/pencil (a calculator is not needed). Like the other Exams you should know how the diagnostic tests work, the pathogens/diseases and drugs to treat or prevent them. For the Antibiotic Gene Transfer portion you will have a problem like the Exercise on quantitating plasmid transfer and like the Exercise comparing plasmids and their digestion fragments to determine where a transposable element inserted into a plasmid.
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  • Tuesday, December 11th is our last lab session of the semester and will mainly involve helping clean up the lab. I'll have some end of the semester announcements and will return your STI Lab Reports. The Lab Practical will be returned to you at the Final Exam.
  • The Final Exam is scheduled for Saturday, December 15th at 1:30pm-4:30pm at 319 Gregory Hall. The Final Exam is worth 100 pts and covers Antibiotic Resistance Gene Transfer, Anaerobic Infections and Sexually Transmitted Diseases or Infections. Please be on time so everyone can start at the beginning of the period. Bring a pen/pencil (a calculator is not needed).

     

  • Tuesday, December 4th is Part 1 of the Lab Practical. You will be tested on streaking a medium to isolate colonies, Gram staining and microscopy, and performing the catalase and coagulase test.
  • On Thursday, December 6th is Part 2 of the Lab Practical. There will be 8 stations with media/biochemical tests results and questions about the the tests/results. It covers tests perfomred in the first four lab exercises (urinary tract infections, Gram-positive cocci infections, respiratory tract infections and gastrointestinal tract infections).

    At the beginning of Thursday's lab the Lab Report #7 (STI) is due. The Lab Report #7 Part 2D contains "Outside the Class Discussion" Questions worth 12 pts. You can access the Questions here: WORD PDF. The Post-Lab #7 (STI) will be due Friday, December 7th by 9 pm.

    The Final Exam is scheduled for Saturday, December 15th at 1:30pm-4:30pm at 319 Gregory Hall. The Final Exam is worth 100 pts and covers Antibiotic Resistance Gene Transfer, Anaerobic Infections and Sexually Transmitted Diseases or Infections.

     

  • Thursday, November 29th we will finish the Sexually Transmitted Infections Exercise #7. The Lab Report #7 STI will be due on Thursday, December 6th at the beginning of class (the 2nd day of the Lab Practical). The Lab Report #7 Part 2D contains "Outside the Class Discussion" Questions worth 12 pts. You can access the Questions here: WORD PDF. The Post-Lab #7 will be due Friday, December 7th by 9 pm.
  • Next week is the Lab Practical (Tuesday, December 4th and Thursday December 6th).

     

  • Welcome back! Hope you had a great break!
  • Tuesday, November 27th we will start the Sexually Transmitted Infections Exercise #7. Therefore, the PreLab #7 will be due (by 9am for Section A; by noon for Section B).

    Also, due that day in lab is the Lab Report #6 on Anaerobic Bacterial Infections. The Lab Report #6 Part 2D contains "Outside the Class Discussion" Questions worth 12 pts. You can access the Questions here: WORD PDF. The Post-Lab #6 on Anaerobes is due by 9pm on Wednesday, November 28th.

     

  • Thursday, November 15th we will finish the Anaerobic Infections Exercise #6. The Lab Report #6 will be due Tuesday, November 27th after the break. The Lab Report #6 Part 2D contains "Outside the Class Discussion" Questions worth 12 pts. You can access the Questions here: WORD PDF. The Post-Lab #6 will be due by Wednesday, November 28th at 9pm.
  • Next week is the Break (have a great Break!).

    Tuesday, November 27th we will start Exercise #7 (Sexually Transmitted Infections), so a Pre-Lab #7 will be due that day (9am for Section A; noon for Section B).

     

     

  • Tuesday, November 13th we will continue with Day 2 of the Anaerobic Infections Exercise #6. The Lab Report #6 will be due Tuesday, November 27th after the break. The Lab Report #6 Part 2D contains "Outside the Class Discussion" Questions worth 12 pts. You can access the Questions here: WORD PDF. The Post-Lab #6 will be due by Wednesday, November 28th at 9pm.
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  • Tuesday, November 6th is the MCB428 Exam 2 during the normal lab session. It covers Respiratory Tract Infections and Gastrointestinal Tract Infections Exercises. 100 pts possible and the same format as last time (some True/False, Multiple Choice and mainly Short Answer questions). Please be on time and bring a pen or pencil. There is no Sample Exam.
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  • The Lab Report #4 (Gastrointestional Tract Infections) will be due in class on Thursday, November 1st and the Post-Lab #4 (GI) will be due by 9 pm on Friday, November 2nd. Note: this is different from the syllabus. The Lab Report #4 Part 2D contains "Outside the Class Discussion" Questions worth 12 pts. You can access the Questions here: WORD PDF. We are planning on having the GI Lab Report #4 graded by Monday, November 5th so you can pick them up on that Monday at the classroom (218 Noyes Lab) at 10-11:30am, or at my office (164B Burrill Hall) at 1-3 pm (since Exam 2 is on Tuesday, November 6th).
  • Thursday, November 1st we will finish the Lab Exercise #5 (Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance Genes). The Lab Report #5 will be due in class on November 8th and the Post-Lab #5 will be due by 9 pm on November 9th. The Lab Report #5 Part 2D contains "Outside the Class Discussion" Questions worth 12 pts. You can access the Questions here: WORD PDF.

     

     

  • Thursday, October 25th we will finish the Lab Exercise #4 (Gastrointestional Tract Infections). The Lab Report #4 (GI) will be due in class on Thursday, November 1st and the Post-Lab #4 (GI) will be due by 9 pm on Friday, November 2nd. Note: this is different from the syllabus. The Lab Report #4 Part 2D contains "Outside the Class Discussion" Questions worth 12 pts. You can access the Questions here: WORD PDF. We are planning on having the GI Lab Report #4 graded by Monday, Nov 5th so you can pick them up (if you like since Exam 2 is Tuesday, November 6th) on that Monday at the classroom (218 Noyes Lab) at 10-11:30am, and at my office (164B Burrill Hall) at 1-3 pm.
  • The Prelab for Lab Exercise #5 (Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance) is due Tuesday, October 30th an hour before your lab session.

     

  • The MCB428 Exam I was returned to you in lab on October 18th. The key to the Exam is posted on the MCB428 website in the Exams section. The scores have been posted in Gradebook so please check to make sure your score is correct. You can request a regrade for a particular question by downloading and filling out the Regrade Request Form (from the Forms section of the MCB428 website) and turning it in to the Instructor or TA by Friday, October 26th. In the Form you must explain why your answer was the best and why you should get more credit.
  • The scores from the Pre-Labs #1-4, Post-Labs #1-3, Lab Reports #1, 2 and the Safety Training, and Exam I are posted in Gradebook. To determine where you currently stand in the course, add up your total scores up to this point and divide by the total points possible and multiply by 100. This will give you a percentage which you can compare with the gradescale that is based on 1,000 total points to give you a rough idea of your grade right now.

     

  • Tuesday, October 16th we will start Lab Exercise #4 (Gastrointestinal Tract Infections). Therefore, Pre-Lab #4 (Gastrointestinal) will be due an hour before your lab section begins. The Lab Report #3 (Respiratory Tract Infections) is also due Tuesday at the beginning of class and remember to answer the additional "Outside the Class Discussion" questions posted in the previous Announcements below. The Post-Lab #3 (Respiratory) will be due by 9pm on Wednesday, October 17th.
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  • Tuesday, October 9th we will finish the Lab Exercise #3 (Respiratory Tract Infections). The Lab Report #3 will be due on Tuesday, October 16th. Part 2D of the Lab Report contains "Outside the Class Discussion" Questions worth 12 pts. You can access the Questions here: WORD PDF. The Post-Lab #3 will be due on LON-CAPA by Wednesday, October 17th at 9pm.
  • Thursday, October 11th is Exam I. You will take it during your regular lab section. It covers topics from the beginning of the course up to and including Gram-positive Cocci Infections. It is worth 100 pts and consists mainly of short answer questions with a few True/False and multiple choice questions. A Sample Exam is posted to show the style of questions that may be asked. Please bring a pen or pencil, and a calculator is not needed. Note: Answers to LON-CAPA assignments (Pre-Labs and Post-Labs) are posted in LON-CAPA shortly after the assignments close.

     

  • On Thursday, October 4th, your Lab Report #2 (Gram-Positive Cocci Infections) is due in lab at the beginning of class. Part 2D of the Lab Report contains "Outside the Class Discussion" Questions worth 12 pts. You can access the Questions here:WORD PDF. The Post-Lab #2 will be due on LON-CAPA by Friday, October 5th at 9pm. Next week on Tuesday we will finish Lab Exercise #3 (Respiratory Tract Infections) and on Thursday, October 11th is Exam I. It is worth 100 pts and covers everything since the beginning of the course up to and including Gram-Positive Cocci Infections. It will include mainly short answer questions but also some multiple choice and True/False questions. A sample Exam will be posted soon.
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  • Thursday, September 27th is Day 3 of the Gram-Positive Cocci Infections Lab Exercise #2. The Post-Lab will be due by Friday, October 5th at 9pm. The Lab Report #2 will be due Thursday, October 4th at the beginning of class. Part 2D of the Lab Report contains "Outside the Class Discussion" Questions worth 12 pts. You can access the Questions here:WORD PDF.
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  • Tuesday, September 18th is Day 4 of the Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) Lab Exercise #1. The Post-Lab #1 UTI will open soon on LON-CAPA and will be due by Wednesday, September 26th. You can go back to the Post-Lab to continue working on it throughout that period. The Lab Report #1 UTI will be due Tuesday, September 25th at the beginning of class. Part 2D of the Lab Report contains "Outside the Class Discussion" Questions worth 12 pts. You can access the Questions here: WORD PDF.
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  • Welcome to MCB428 (Microbial Pathogens Laboratory). Classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays and our first meeting is on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. The classroom location will be at 218 Noyes Laboratory. Section A meets at 10 am-11:50 am; Section B meets at 1 pm-2:50 pm. In the first few sessions, students will be introduced to the course policies, biosafety, and general laboratory procedures. We will provide you with a lab coat and other personal protective equipment. Students may review this material in the Fall 2018 MCB428 Lab Manual that must be purchased at the Illini Union Bookstore. We will also review some general principles related to pathogens. Looking forward to seeing you in lab!
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