(Tuesdays and Thursdays; Section A at 10:00am-11:50am; Section B at 1:00pm-2:50pm)
MCB 428 Web site: http://www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/428
Prof. Jack Ikeda
Office Hours (Dr. Ikeda):
Office location: TBA
Mon and Wed 2-3pm
(or by appointment)
Office Hours (TA): TBA
(or by appointment)
MCB 300 (Microbiology) is a prerequisite for this course. MCB 300 emphasizes fundamental concepts of microbiology, including nutrition, ecology, physiology, genetics and molecular biology of microorganisms, and their role in nature and in infection and immunity.
The following is a list of items required for MCB 428. These items should be available and should be listed correctly at the Illini Union Bookstore (IUB). They may not be available and it is not guaranteed they will be listed correctly at any other bookstore. Please pay careful attention to dates and editions when purchasing these items. Lab Manuals from past semesters will not contain current information. Any items (other than those specifically named below) listed by bookstores as optional or recommended have not been previously approved by the course faculty.
“MCB 428 Laboratory Manual, Fall 2018, Microbial Pathogens Laboratory” - Edited by Jack Ikeda
Scientific Non-Graphing Calculator
To log into the course website, please use your NetID and your Active Directory Password.
The following information can be found on the course website:
Announcements: Course announcements, changes and class-wide data will be posted to the course website. You should check this link periodically in order to be properly informed of any new course developments.
Syllabus: The current semester’s syllabus is posted here. This link includes daily lab topics, Pre-lab due dates, Post-lab topics and dates, exam topics and dates, and lab report due dates and point totals.
Course Information: A full statement of all the course policies regarding completion of exercises, lab absences, and grading may be found here.
Course Contacts: Contact information for course instructors.
Lecture Notes: This link will give you access to PowerPoint files utilized in the laboratory lectures. Lectures will be available in two formats to accommodate student need: PowerPoint and PDF.
Exams: Answer keys for current exams and one sample exam will be found on this page.
Lab Practical Exam: Information regarding the content and format will be provided here, later in the semester.
LON-CAPA: This link provides direct access to the LON-CAPA website and log in. Students wishing to access the LON-CAPA network for the completion of pre-labs and post-labs must first log into this site.
Gradebook: This link provides access to records of individual student grades for all aspects of the course and is password protected. Students should check the Gradebook periodically to verify correct entry of grades. Final course grades will be posted here at the conclusion of the semester.
Forms: Use the Absence Report Form as your initial contact with the course staff if you are unable to attend class. Use the Conflict Exam Request Form and Conflict Final Exam Request Form as your initial contact with the course staff when requesting a conflict exam. Use the Request For Regrade Form to ask for a regrade on a question from the exams, pre-labs, post-labs and assignments. Please note that there are deadlines after which these requests will not be honored.
Contacting MCB Course Personnel
- MCB course personnel are more than happy to assist students.
- Emails to instructors, TAs, or course coordinators will only be answered if they come from an @illinois.edu account. We will only use this account in order to protect your educational information and profile. As a student, please remember that when you email a staff member, it is important to include all pertinent information so that we can assist you in the most efficient and effective manner possible. This information includes:
- The course rubric in the subject line
- Your full first and last name
- Your NetID (the first part of your illinois.edu email account)
- Your UIN (9 digit number that can be found on your ICard)
- The course that you are concerned about (the course personnel often work with multiple courses)
- Your section letter/number
- The previous email "thread" or previous communicated information pertinent to the situation
- Your cooperation will help us respond much more quickly to your concerns
1. Regular class attendance is expected of all students at the University. (http://odos.illinois.edu/studentAssistance/absence/revised_code.asp)
Attendance in lab is mandatory. The best way for you to learn the course material is through hands-on experience. Students are required to attend two, scheduled laboratory periods each week (1 hour and 50 min. each). It is important to arrive on time in order to receive all pertinent information. Due to the nature of this course, both your presence and participation are required. Attendance will be recorded at every lab. As a result, you will only be allowed two excused absences for the semester, if warranted. Anything more than this will be considered unexcused, regardless of the reason or documentation. Excused absences will require: 1) contact with the instructor/coordinator within 24 hours of the absence, 2) the completion of the online absence report form, 3) the documentation requested by the instructor/coordinator and 4) an arrangement made for making-up the missed lab period (make-up labs are not guaranteed). Should you find yourself with multiple absences, we will assist you in preparing a petition for a Late Drop should this occur and be necessary after the drop deadline.
Point penalties will be given at the end of the semester for students with unexcused absences or students who acquired more then two absences. The point totals for each lab day depends on the lab exercise scheduled and is calculated as follows: the total number of points possible for that lab exercise divided by the number of lab days to complete that exercise.
2. Students must attend their scheduled lab section unless they are assigned to a make-up lab.
3. Tardiness will also be recorded at every lab:
<5 minutes late - 0% reduction in points for that lab day
5-10 minutes late - 25% reduction in points for that lab day (any assignments due are now considered late)
10-30 minutes late - 50% reduction in points for that lab day
More than 30 minutes late - No points will be given for that lab day even if all bench work is completed
NOTE: IF YOU ARE TARDY ON LAB PRACTICAL DAYS YOU FORFEIT ALL POINTS FOR THAT DAY AND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE CLASSROOM
4. Students who provide dated documentation of a personal emergency, confining illness, religious conflict or graduate/medical school interview within 48 hours may be allowed to make up missed lab work for credit. Any absence that does not fall into one of these categories will be evaluated by MCB 428 staff on a case-by-case basis. MCB 428 staff will then determine eligibility for make-up labs or excused lab days.
5. Students who have advanced knowledge of events that will conflict with MCB 428 must present acceptable documentation of such events 48 hours prior to their absence. Failure to do so will result in the absence being considered unexcused and result in deduction of points from your lab score (total points deducted dependent upon the day).
6. Report all lab absences to the Instructor, Dr. Ikeda, in person or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) within 48 hours. Documentation for an absence must include relevant names, times, dates and an explanation of the date(s) and reason(s) for absence. NOTE: Absence due to illness will require a note from McKinley Health Center in order to be excused (Dial-a-nurse notes will not be accepted as documentation). Documentation will not be accepted past one week of the absence in question.
7. For each laboratory absence, students must complete the “Absence Report Form” available at the “Forms” link on the course website. This form will be automatically forwarded to Dr. Ikeda immediately upon completion. Note that this form may be completed online from any computer, in case of confining illness. Students are also required to submit supporting documentation to Dr. Ikeda as specified above. Documentation will not be accepted one week past the absence in question. Extended absences (lasting 3 days or more) will require nothing less than a Dean’s letter as proper documentation. The office of the Dean of Students is located in the Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, 217-333-0050. You must request that a representative of that office provide Dr. Ikeda with the necessary information to address your circumstance.
8. Dr. Ikeda will schedule all make-up labs. Teaching assistants cannot reschedule students to another lab, including their own. Only students who can provide an acceptable reason for an absence, with supporting documentation, will be eligible to make up a missed lab.
Make-up labs must be made up in another section. If you have an acceptable reason for an absence we will make every effort to accommodate you in another lab section. Dry-labs will not be offered outside regular lab hours. You must make every effort to make another section (must coordinate through Dr. Ikeda) or risk losing points for that day. You are not allowed to attend another lab section without prior approval.
9. There will be no make-up Pre-labs given. There are 7 scheduled Pre-labs worth 10 points each (see grading policies). Students will be allowed to drop their 2 lowest Pre-lab scores. A missed Pre-lab will be counted as a zero and considered as one of two dropped Pre-lab scores. If you have two Pre-labs in which you scored zero points, then all other Pre-lab scores will count toward your total Pre-lab score.
10. There will be no make-up Post-labs given. There are 7 scheduled Post-labs worth 10 points each (see grading policies). A student will be allowed to drop their lowest Post-labs score. A missed Post-lab will be counted as a zero and considered as their dropped Post-lab score. If you have a Post-lab in which you scored zero points, then all other Post-lab scores will count toward your total Post-lab score.
11. Class absences before and after vacations (e.g. Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break) are not excusable, except as aforementioned.
12. Religious Observances and Practices - Students are required to submit the Request for Accommodation for Religious Observances Form (which can be found at www.odos.illinois.edu/.../Religious_Observance_Accommodation_Request_ Form.docx) to their instructors and the Office of the Dean of Students requesting accommodation by the end of the second week of the course. Requests that are not submitted within this time frame may not be granted. Information about accommodations can be found in the Student Code: http://studentcode.illinois.edu/.
13. DRES Accommodations - If a student has DRES (Disability Resources and Educational Services) accommodations, documentation must be submitted to course personnel by the end of the second week of class. If a student believes that they need DRES accommodations, they should contact DRES at email@example.com.
1. Exams I and II will be given in lab during your regularly scheduled lab time (see Schedule for Exam dates). Arrive early; the exams will begin at 10:00 am sharp for Section A and at 1 pm sharp for Section B. The exams will cover material from the laboratory. Please see the MCB 428 website for any further details concerning each exam. You must take the exam with your assigned section or a score of “0” will be recorded for the exam.
2. Bring your University photo ID, several sharp #2 pencils or pens, ruler, scientific calculator and an eraser. Graphing calculators will not be allowed and use of one will result in forfeiture of your exam.
3. Please do not bring to the exam any backpacks, purses, hats, bags, books, notes, papers, clipboards, musical instruments, or anything other than the items listed in number 2 above; you will be allowed to enter the exam room with these items, but they will be placed away from student seating during the exam. No one will be monitoring who deposits and collects these personal effects, so thefts and mistaken identification of belongings can occur. We urge you not to bring valuables to the exam room. You will be asked to hang all jackets/coats in the appropriate area away from your seat. Cell phones and any other electronic devices, except for a scientific calculator, are NOT allowed.
4. The MCB 428 faculty/staff is not responsible for any of your personal belongings. We strongly suggest you do not bring them to the exam site. The Illini Union Bookstore and the Illini Union have lockers available for temporary storage of such items if you are unable to leave them at home prior to an exam.
1. The Office of the Dean of Students will only provide informative letters to instructors for protracted illness of 3 or more days, certain emergencies and for the student's presence during the serious illness of immediate family members (parents, legal guardian, spouse/partner, siblings, children, or grandparents). These letters do not excuse you from class but merely provide information for the instructor to consider with regard to excusing the absence and permitting make-up work. Students must request absence letters from the Office of the Dean of Students after the student has returned to class but not more than 10 business days after the last date of absence.
2. Absences that may be excused without a letter include circumstances beyond the student’s control such as medical treatment, surgery related to prolonged illness or injury, pregnancy, legal matters, citizenship or naturalization processes, or acts of nature which cause destruction to a primary residence or disruption air travel. All will require documentation.
3. Absences that may also be excused without a letter include job, graduate or professional school interviews, though a best effort should be made to schedule these events to minimize class attendance disruption. All will require documentation.
4. Absences that will not be excused include family events such as reunions or weddings, or presence during serious illness of extended family members (aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or cousin).
5. If you must miss an exam due to unforeseen circumstances, you are required to contact your instructor or course coordinator within 24 hours of the absence. You will then have 48 hours from the absence in which to submit documentation to your instructor or course coordinator. You must also submit an online Absence Form if one is available on your course website. Course personnel will evaluate documentation and decide whether or not there will be an option to compensate for the missed exam through either a make-up exam or proration. Failure to follow this procedure will result in a zero for the exam.
6. Absences, when they occur after the first day of classes but prior to enrollment in the course, will require the use of dropped assignments if applicable.
7. There will be instances when the student must make an individual choice about their ability to perform on an exam and will need to accept any and all consequences for that choice.
8. If the absence is a result of a protracted illness of 3 days or more, you should follow the procedure for obtaining a letter from the Office of the Dean of Students. The request may be made once the student returns to class but not more than 10 business days after the last date of absence.
9. If you must miss an exam for job, graduate or professional school interviews, the exam may be prorated. A best effort should be made to schedule these events around exams. You will need to be mindful that only one exam may be prorated in a semester for any and all absences. Documentation will be required.
10. If you must miss the exam, the possibility exists to have the one exam prorated. The final exam cannot be prorated. Your prorated score will be calculated based on the following formula:
Please note that the percentile that we use to calculate your score may be different from the percentile seen in the online gradebook, due to the accounting for missing scores.
11. Absences will be handled according to individual course policy.
1. If you have a regularly scheduled University course that conflicts with the exam, you should complete the online Conflict Exam Request Form on the course website. This request must be made by 5:00 pm not less than 3 business days prior to the exam. Requests made after 5:00 pm and less than 3 business days prior to the exam will not be granted. See course policies for a specific deadline for your course.
2. Work schedules should be adjusted, if at all possible, in order to eliminate a conflict with scheduled exams. Please plan accordingly at the beginning of the semester. If eliminating a conflict is not possible, the student should complete the online Conflict Exam Request Form on the course website. This request must be made by 5:00 pm not less than 3 business days prior to the exam. Requests made after 5:00 pm and less than 3 business days prior to the exam will not be granted.
3. Students that are formally participating in officially recognized groups, such as athletic teams and performing groups, with a conflict should request a conflict exam by 5:00 pm not less than 3 days prior to the exam via the online Conflict Request Form. Formal participation does not include general meetings of RSOs or any other recognized groups. Documentation of the event will be required prior to scheduling the conflict exam. Requests made after 5:00 pm and less than 3 business days prior to the exam will not be granted.
4. Students with DRES accommodations should also submit the online Conflict Request Form by 5:00 pm no later than 3 business days prior to the exam. Requests made after 5:00 pm and less than 3 business days prior to the exam will not be granted.
5. Conflict exams are only given on the regular exam day, at the date, time and location agreed upon by Dr. Ikeda and the student.
6. Scores for conflicts will not be posted until all forms and documentation are received and approved. At the end of the semester these will be changed to “0” if the above criteria has not been met.
7. A conflict exam for the Lab Practical will be provided only if a Dean’s letter excusing the absence is provided. Note that the letter must be received and the exam COMPLETED by Friday, December 14, 2018, the first day of Finals Week. Lab Practical Exams cannot and will not be prorated. The Lab Practical exam must be taken in order for a final grade to be determined.
Final Exam Instructions:
1. The time and place for the Final Exam will be determined late in the semester. When known this information will be posted on the MCB 428 website and in the laboratory. The exam will be held during the week of December 14-20, 2018. Do not make plans to leave campus until after December 20th!
2. Bring your University photo ID, several sharp #2 pencils or pens, ruler, scientific calculator and an eraser. Graphing calculators will not be allowed and use of one will result in forfeiture of your exam.
3. Please do not bring to the exam any backpacks, purses, hats, bags, books, notes, papers, clipboards, musical instruments, or anything other than the items listed in number 2 above; you will be allowed to enter the exam room with these items, but they will be placed away from student seating during the exam. No one will be monitoring who deposits and collects these personal effects, so thefts and mistaken identification of belongings can occur. We urge you not to bring valuables to the exam room. You will be asked to place all jackets/coats completely under the chair in which you are seated. In the case that the floor of the exam room is wet, you will be allowed to place jackets/coats at the front or back of the room during the exam. Cell phones or electronic devises, except for a scientific calculator, are not allowed.
The MCB 428 faculty/staff is not responsible for any of your personal belongings. We strongly suggest you do not bring them to the exam site. The Illini Union Bookstore and the Illini Union have lockers available for temporary storage of such items if you are unable to leave them at home prior to the exam.
Final Exam Absence:
1. If you must miss a final exam due to unforeseen circumstances, you are required to contact your instructor or course coordinator within 24 hours of the absence. You will then have 48 hours from the absence in which to submit documentation to your instructor or course coordinator. You must also submit an online Absence Form if one is available on your course website. Course personnel will evaluate documentation and decide whether or not there will be an option to compensate for the missed exam. Failure to follow this procedure may result in a zero for the exam.
2. There will be instances when the student must make an individual choice about their ability to perform on an exam and will need to accept any and all consequences for that choice.
3. If the absence is a result of a protracted illness, you should follow the procedure for obtaining a letter from the Office of the Dean of Students. The request may be made once the student recovers but not more than 10 business days after the date of absence.
4. Information about final exams can be found in the Student Code: http://studentcode.illinois.edu/.
Final Exam Conflict
1. Conflict final exams may only be granted for any one of the following situations:
a) Students with three final exams scheduled within a 24 hour period as defined in Student Code which can be found at: http://studentcode.illinois.edu/.
b) Students who have two final exams scheduled at the same time. Final conflict exam requests should be made to the course with lower enrollment. Course personnel can assist with information to determine which course this would be.
c) Students who have a verified personal problem, and who have received written permission to take a conflict final exam from a Dean in their college.
d) Students who have DRES academic accommodations.
2. Students that find themselves in any of the above situations should complete the online Conflict Final Exam Request Form which can be found on the course website. This request must be made by 5:00 pm on the last day of class in order for the request to be granted. Any requests made after this time may not be granted. If a conflict final exam is granted, it may be scheduled at any time during the final examination period and is at the discretion of the instructor or course coordinator.
Welcome to LON-CAPA! We will be using LON-CAPA, or Lecture Online Network with Computer-Assisted Personalized Approach, in your MCB course. The software was officially piloted in MCB during the Spring of 2005. The program itself is a combination of learning assessment tools with course management capabilities. You may be using LON-CAPA this semester to access and complete assignments, Pre-Labs, and Post-Labs, in addition to using many other features the system supports.
Access Instructions: In order to log into LON-CAPA you must have a username and a password. Your username is your University NetID (the first part of your University email address). The password for LON-CAPA will have to be established by setting up an Active Directory (AD) password through CITES. To set up your Active Directory password visit the following site: http://www.ad.uiuc.edu/accounts.aspx.
Click on the “Change PASSWORD” box to set up your password if you have not already used Active Directory, then select the CITES Passwords box. You will then need to enter your NetID and NetID password. When setting the password be certain that ONLY the box for AD password is checked. Uncheck the other password boxes. Set up your Active Directory password (please make a note of it to avoid forgetting it later!). Also note that if you have used the AD password in previous semesters, like in other LON-CAPA courses or for WebCT, it is a good idea to change your password for security
concerns. Once you have created an AD password visit our LON-CAPA website at:
This log in page will ask you to enter your LON-CAPA username (your NetID) and password (CITES AD password you created). The domain, “uiuc” is already filed in for you. After successful login, you will get to a screen with your currently available courses and roles, for example, "student in MCB 428". Select the course you would like to access.
Once you have logged in you can access any of the LON-CAPA content by selecting "Main Menu". Inside the course, you can access your assignments by selecting “Navigate Contents” at the top of the screen or by clicking on the icon. Clicking on the folders will display the contents within. Once you have selected a problem in a folder you can move through the folder by clicking forward and backward on the arrow buttons at the top of the screen or by going back to Navigate Contents and clicking on each link.
Using LON-CAPA in your course
Course Material:The majority of the LON-CAPA material for the course (including assignments) will be added and modified throughout the semester usually on a weekly basis.
Communication:LON-CAPA has built-in communication support (see on Main Menu). You can send messages regarding the course content using the Feedback icon on each content screen. You can choose different categories of feedback, including a contribution to the course discussion. Normal feedback gets routed to the TAs and course faculty. Course discussions are page-specific bulletin boards and come up right under the page that you are viewing. You can choose to post anonymously, in which case only the course faculty can see your name. It is also suggested that you create a screen name (for anonymous posts). To send internal email or look at replies to your feedback, use the Communication icon. Please use the built-in communication rather than normal email, since it automatically provides context for your questions and concerns. This is particularly true for questions about particular problems.
Grades:You can see how many points you have earned on a particular assignment or in the course so far by using the "Grading and Statistics" function ( ) under Main Menu. Please report any grading discrepancies as soon as possible.
Calendar:The calendar function ( ) under Main Menu will show you when folders are opened, when they are due, and when the answers will be available.
Preferences:Use the preferences icon ( ) under "My Space" in Main Menu to set up your own preferences including how LON-CAPA is displayed as well as setting up screen names among other features. An important preference to set is “Change Message Forwarding and Notification Email Addresses”. Here you can set up LON-CAPA messages to be sent directly to the email address you provide; this is highly recommended! This ensures that you will not miss important messages about course assignments if you are not logged into LON-CAPA.
Logging out:Make sure you always exit LON-CAPA by either clicking on the exit link at the top right of the screen or by clicking on the exit icon ( ) under Main Menu; do not simply close the web browser! If you share a computer or use a computer lab make sure when you are in LON-CAPA you see your name at the top right of the screen.
Troubleshooting: The major cause of problems in using LON-CAPA is students being unable to log in. There are two common reasons for this: a "locked password" or forgetting the password. If the Active Directory password has not been used in a while it is "locked" for security reasons. The solution to this is to go to the Active Directory website (see above) and click on the "unlock ACCOUNT" box. If you have forgotten your password click in the “change PASSWORD” box used when the account was first set up, or contact the CITES Help Desk at 244-7000, and specify you have forgotten your Active Directory password. As always when resetting the password make sure only the AD password box is checked. Do not contact the MCB office or the LON-CAPA Support Staff for questions about forgotten passwords! The AD passwords are handled by CITES exclusively. Please contact Alejandra Stenger, LON-CAPA Support Coordinator, if you have any problems or questions about accessing the course LON-CAPA website at firstname.lastname@example.org (email is preferred) or call 244-7241 during regular office hours, Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5:00 pm. If your question is about a specific issue you encounter while in LON-CAPA please use the internal communication function, and specifically tell me your name, course, section letter, and question (include assignment number, problem number, etc., if applicable).
MCB 428 Web Gradebook
The MCB 428 Web Gradebook can be accessed directly at:
or through the MCB 428 website at:http://www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/428/
Scores for all assignments will be available for student review on the MCB 428 Web Gradebook. To check scores, go to the MCB 428 Website and click on the Gradebook link. Click on student gradebook, log in using your Netid and AD password and follow the instructions presented there. All students are responsible for checking their scores on the Web Gradebook after each exam and laboratory assignment is returned to them. Each student is responsible for reporting possible discrepancies to their TA and if immediate action is not taken, the student is responsible for bringing this to the attention of Dr. Ikeda within one week of receiving their graded paper or exam score. Students are encouraged to keep all graded papers returned to them until after final grades are issued. Students are encouraged to keep an intact laboratory notebook of all their assignments until after final grades are issued.
The final deadline for Web Gradebook corrections is
5:00 pm, Wednesday, December 12, 2018.
No Web Gradebook scores will be altered after this deadline.
Laboratory Assessment Policies and Information
Students are responsible for completing a Pre-Lab for each of the assigned Laboratory Exercises. The intent of these Pre-Labs is to ensure that you are familiar with information covered in prerequisite courses and have read over the background material, steps and general goals of each Lab Exercise.
The Pre-Lab will consist of multiple choice questions and/or essay/short answer response questions and will be completed online individually using the LON-CAPA system. For Section A, the Pre-Lab will be due by 9:00 am on the day it is due (see schedule), and for Section B it will be due by 12:00 pm (i.e., noon) on the day it is due. Students will not be able to access the Pre-Lab questions after the given deadline. Students may use any computer to access and complete the Pre-Lab and are not limited to those in the MCB Learning Center. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST ACCESS THE QUESTIONS WELL ENOUGH IN ADVANCE TO COMPLETE THEM BY THE SPECIFIED TIME. You are welcome to the full use of the lab manual or any other material in completing the questions. There is no time limit on these Pre-Lab questions (except that they are due at the times given above).
The total amount of points possible for each Pre-Lab is 10 points. There are 7 Pre-Labs scheduled and the two lowest scores will be dropped. There will be no make-up Pre-Labs given. A missed Pre-Lab will be scored as “0" and may be considered as one of the two dropped Pre-Lab scores.
Post-Labs are scheduled to be taken individually using the LON-CAPA system. Post-Labs will be composed of 5 essay/short answer response questions, with topics indicated on the course syllabus. Post-Labs will open at 9:00 am on the first day of the scheduled Post-Lab and close at 9:00 pm on the end date. Students may use any computer to access and complete the Post-Lab and are not limited to those in the MCB Learning Center. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST ACCESS THE QUESTIONS WELL ENOUGH IN ADVANCE TO COMPLETE THEM BY THE SPECIFIED TIME. You are welcome to the full use of the lab manual or any other material in completing the questions. There is no time limit on these Post-Lab questions (excpet that they are due at the times given above). There will be a total of 7 scheduled Post-Labs throughout the semester and the lowest Post-Lab score will be dropped. There will be no make-up Post-Labs given. A missed Post-Lab will be scored as “0" and may be considered as the dropped Post-Lab score.
Two Exams will be given during the scheduled lab period, as specified in the course syllabus. They will be composed of selection-type, essay/short answer, and problem solving questions. One sample Exam will be included on the course website. Within about a week of each Exam, answers are posted and Exams are handed back to the student. It is the student's responsibility to make certain that the grade on the Web Gradebook is correct. If a student believes that an error has been made, please submit to Dr. Ikeda a Request for Regrade Form from the Forms section of the website. All students are urged to keep their Exams until a final grade has been issued for the course.
The third Exam (i.e., the Final Exam) is scheduled during Finals Week in accordance with University policy regarding the requirement for a final course exam. Material to be covered on the Final Exam is specified in the course syllabus. In accordance with University policy, examples of Final Exams are not posted. The Final Exam is the property of the course and is not returned to students nor are answers posted or made available in any way. Should a student feel that an error has been made in the grading of the Final Exam, that student should contact Dr. Ikeda.
Laboratory Practical Exam
There will be a Laboratory Practical Exam to be completed individually, within the scheduled lab periods (see syllabus). Since all other laboratory exercises are completed as part of a group effort, this exam is especially intended to assess the practical knowledge and laboratory skills of each individual student. Information regarding the Lab Practical will be provided at the appropriate time. Laboratory work will be completed during the scheduled lab times and student results will be recorded on a paper exam for subsequent grading. Unlike the remainder of the lab work in this course, no instructor feedback will be provided while the Exam is being administered. Students may accumulate up to 100 points in completing the various sections of the Lab Practical Exam. Please refer to the "Conflict Exam Instructions" for information regarding absences from the Lab Practical.
Write your name and lab section on the cover of your lab manual in case it is misplaced, then it can easily be returned to you. Instructions on what to include in each Laboratory Exercise are given on the last page of the experiment in the Lab Manual. Total point values are noted there as well. Please note that though an itemized list of report components is given in the Lab Manual, the format of the report should be as specified below.
For each Laboratory Exercise there are two main parts (parts 1 and 2). Part 1 involves recording your results and observations of the experiment on the Laboratory Exercise sheets provided in the manual. Part 2 involves writing additional information such as the purpose/relevance, discussion and additional specific lab discussion (either typed or written) on separate sheets to be stapled to the results. It is important that your notes are legible enough for someone else to read and clear enough for someone else to understand. Perforated copies of the Exercise sheets are included at the back of the laboratory manual, which can be easily removed. In this way, students can record their results as they proceed through the Laboratory Exercise and submit separate result sheets for grading. The total number of points possible for each part of the Laboratory Exercise is given on the sheets. There are 7 Laboratory Exercises plus an online Laboratory/Safety Training Exercise that comprise a total of 490 points.
The schedule of Laboratory Exercise due dates is included in the course syllabus and on the course website. Lab Exercises are due as you enter the lab. You are not allowed to work on a Lab Exercise during the lecture presentation given at the beginning of lab. Any reports turned in after the first 5 minutes of class will be scored as follows:
1 minute to 48 hours late = 1/2 credit
Over 48 hours late = 0
Due Dates for Late Lab Exercises scored for 1/2 credit
Due on Tuesday
Due by 5:00pm on Thursday
Due on Thursday
Scanned copy emailed to Dr. Ikeda by 5:00pm on Saturday, paper copy due by 5:00pm on Monday
a. All late Lab Exercises are to be turned into Dr. Ikeda by the day and time listed above. Do not turn in late Lab Exercises to your TA.
b. For unexcused absences (including unexcused absences for tardiness of later than 30 minutes), lab notebooks must be turned in before the due date in order to receive credit for the assignment. If you have an unexcused absence the day a notebook is due you will receive a “0” for that assignment if not turned in early. You will also not be able to use the “one late assignment policy” for these assignments.
c. If you have an excused absence, Lab Exercises are due at the beginning of the lab period in which you are making up the lab. Lab Exercises turned in late due to an unexcused absence will be scored as indicated above.
Each student will be allowed to turn in one late Lab Exercise without penalty, provided they are submitted within 48 hours of the original due date.
The online Laboratory/Safety Training Exercise involves accessing the Division of Research Safety website (www.drs.illinois.edu/) and completing two training modules: "Laboratory Safety" and "Understanding Biosafety". Following the training you must successfully complete the quiz given and print out a copy of your "certificate of completion". Even if you have completed the trainings in another course you will need to repeat it for this course and print a current certificate. Turn in the certificate to Dr. Ikeda to obtain credit. More information about the training and due dates will be given on the first day of class.
The organizational format that should be used in your Laboratory Exercise throughout the semester will be explained to you by your section TA before your first lab notebook is due.
Part 1 includes data and observations recorded during the Exercise and the relevant information required is indicated on the Laboratory Exercise Sheets. Included in each sheet is the grading rubric for the breakdown of points. Part 2 requires the following information with the following grading rubrics:
1. Name, Section, Title of the Exercise and the Date the exercise begins. The date is important because reagents and cultures may differ from day to day.
All of the above is required so points would be deducted if any information is not included with your Lab Exercise. Minus 1 pt for missing any of the above information. Also, proper grammar, spelling and format must be followed throughout the Lab Exercise otherwise points will be deducted. Minus 1 pt for grammatical mistakes/spelling errors, illegible handwriting, improper labeling of sections, overall appearance is disheveled, unorganized and/or poor.
2. Purpose/Relevance (2 pts). Begin with a short explanation of the goals of the laboratory exercise and the relevance of the experiment to the bigger picture. Points shown below indicate score based on how it was addressed.
- 2 pts - The purpose and relevance is clearly indicated (not copied from the Lab Manual or other person or source - i.e., it is written in your own words).
- 1 pt - Only the purpose or the relevance is present or clearly worded (but not both).
- 0 pts - Both purpose and relevance are missing (or copied from the Lab Manual or another source).
3. Discussion (16 pts). Each of these topics should be written in separate paragraphs. Points indicated below are what each part is worth.
- 4 pts - Summarize your results and state any general conclusions that you are able to make from the lab. Discuss whether or not you were able to achieve the overall objectives for this lab and the reasons for any failure to do so.
- 4 pts - Are the specific results what you expected and why? You may compare your results to those from outside sources (scientific literature). If you do not believe your results are convincing, you should discuss possible sources of problems.
- 4 pts - Suggest additional experimental work to help clarify your results and ways that the experiment could be changed in future attempts.
- 4 pts - For most exercises involving pathogens and infections/diseases, describe the consequences of a misdiagnosis and improper treatment of the specific patients involved. For the exercise on antibiotic resistance describe other ways resistance is spread among bacteria.
NOTE: Even though you may be working in pairs or groups with other students and obtain the same data, the discussion should always be written in your own words. Lab group partners who have discussions that are deemed too similar will be charged with a violation of academic integrity.
4. Outside the Class Discussion (12 pts). Additional topics and questions to discuss will be provided with the grading rubric. Researching outside the class and Lab Manual may be necessary to answer these questions. Remember to write in your own words and cite appropriate literature when necessary.
Basis of Course Grade
Your course grade will be determined on the basis of the number of points that you accumulate. The description below lists the assignments. The number of points possible this semester is 1,000:
|2 Exams and Final Exam (100 points each)
||300 points possible
|Lab Practical Exam
||100 points possible
|Pre-Labs (10 points each, 7 are scheduled, drop lowest 2)
||50 points possible
|Post-Labs (10 points each, 7 are scheduled, drop lowest)
||60 points possible
||490 points possible
| Online Safety Training
| Exercise 1
| Exercise 2
| Exercise 3
| Exercise 4
| Exercise 5
| Exercise 6
| Exercise 7
|TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS
MCB 428 Grade Scale
All point totals are estimates and may be altered slightly throughout the course of the semester. For students who add the course late, any missed assignments will be counted as your drops.
The point totals contained in the following table represent the use of the plus/minus grading system coupled with a 4.0 grade point system. The University has assigned the grade point values shown for each letter grade. Students who earn the points shown below (out of 1,000 possible points) will be guaranteed the indicated letter grade. At semester's end, after the final exam, the Instructor will analyze the course grade distribution, and may decrease (to accommodate poor class performance on an examination), but will not increase the points needed for each grade.
MCB 428 Standard Grade Scale
||Grade Point Value
Procedure for Re-grades
If you believe that an answer was improperly graded on an exam, or lab assignment you must print a copy of the “Request for Exam Re-grade” form available on the “Forms” link on the course website. This form must be completed and attached to the front of the original paper. Please note that paper assignments cannot be accepted for regrading if they are scanned and emailed. The regrade form must also be completed for web-based assignments but these may be emailed to Dr. Ikeda. Please be sure to indicate the number of the question(s) involved and why your answer is correct. Do not make any additional comments or marks on the original exam or lab assignment.
Properly completed re-grade requests should be given to Dr. Ikeda.
All requests for re-grades must be made within one week of the day that the graded paper was returned. An exception is made at the end of the semester due to final grades needing to be completed. Any assignments that are still outstanding at the end of the semester will be due by 5pm on December 13th. The grader has the option to leave the score as is and comment further on the answer in question, accept the argument presented and award additional points or lower the original score if he/she finds additional mistakes that were missed during the first round of grading. The paper will be re-evaluated and returned to you within one week of its submission.
Hourly exams given during the semester will be returned to the students when grading is complete and therefore are the property of the student. Final exams will not be returned to the students and will remain the property of the course, nor will answer keys be posted or made available in any way. Students may make an appointment with the Instructor in order to view the final but it will stay in the possession of MCB staff. Final exams will not be subject to the MCB428 regrade procedure and concerns should be directed to Dr. Ikeda.
- Science cannot exist without honesty. The faculty and staff in MCB require students, as scientists-in-the-making, to hold the highest standards of scientific and academic conduct. Any form of cheating on any graded work in courses is unacceptable, and will be dealt with as outlined below, and in accordance with the University-wide standards in the Student Code.
- We require that all graded work be entirely your own, and that anything you write using the words of other writers be correctly attributed. Some specific points follow.
- On exams, the answers that you turn in for grading must be your own, formulated during the exam from your own understanding of the material and without any supporting information, be it written, verbal or electronic. Copying the work of another student, or allowing another to copy your work, or copying work from any other source, is unacceptable. Since we cannot always monitor you as you complete your work, we must rely upon appearance of your work from which to judge. If the work you submit resembles that of another student or another source too closely, we may conclude that it was not your original work. Always make a conscious effort to complete your work on your own and to protect it from the view of others, in order to ensure that it will be seen as your own. Failure to adhere to these standards for any portion of an exam may result in a grade of zero for the entire exam or quiz for all persons involved.
- Texting, or the use of a cell phone for any purpose, during a quiz or exam is prohibited. Doing so may earn you a zero or a more extreme penalty on the quiz or exam at the discretion of the instructor.
- Use of any social or electronic media to share information, request information or make confidential information public is prohibited. Any use of this type may earn you a zero on the exam or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor.
- On written or electronic assignments, the answers that you turn in for grading must be written in your own words, formulated from your own understanding of the material. While you may be working with other students in the course, you must formulate and submit your own answers. Copying or paraphrasing the work of another student, or allowing another to copy or paraphrase your work, is unacceptable. Since we cannot monitor you as you complete your work, we have only the appearance of your work from which to judge. If the work you submit resembles that of another student too closely, we may conclude that it was not your original work. Always make a conscious effort to complete your work on your own and to protect it from the view of others, in order to ensure that it will be seen as your own. You must also make a conscious effort to protect your passwords and accounts. Failure to adhere to these standards may result in a grade of zero for the entire assignment for all persons involved.
- On written or electronic assignments, if you use a statement taken directly from any book or other publication, including the course textbook, you must provide a citation. That is, you must put the text in quotes and put the author of the publication in parentheses after the quotation. Failure to do so will result in zero credit for that answer. Further, using only the words of another author as your entire answer or as the majority of your answer to any question is never sufficient to earn credit. If the majority of your work has been taken directly from a publication, you are likely to receive no credit for the work, since you would not be demonstrating knowledge beyond the ability to copy. Even if you quote another, your answer must be substantially your own words, drawn from your own understanding of the material.
- Use of any social or electronic media to share course information, request course information or make confidential course information public is prohibited. Any use of this type may earn you a zero or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor on an assignment or exam.
- Any social media sites created in relation to MCB courses must grant access to course personnel upon request. Failure to provide access will result in a failing grade in the course for the group/site’s administrator(s).
- Students are welcome and encouraged to make audio recordings of course lectures.
- The material recorded is intellectual and copyrighted property of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and may be made for personal use only.
- Video recordings of any kind are strictly prohibited.
- Posting of audio recordings or transcriptions on social or electronic media platforms is strictly prohibited.
- Posting or redistributing of course material in any format is strictly prohibited.
- General Emergency Response Recommendations (Download the Emergency Response Guide at http://police.illinois.edu/emergency/response/ERG.pdf)
- Security Threat. The Department of Homeland Security and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office of Campus Emergency Planning recommend the following three responses to any emergency on campus: RUN > HIDE > FIGHT
- Only follow these actions if safe to do so. When in doubt, follow your instincts - you are your best advocate!
- RUN-Action taken to leave an area for personal safety.
- Take the time to learn the different ways to leave your building before there is an emergency.
- Evacuations are mandatory for fire alarms and when directed by authorities! No exceptions!
- Evacuate immediately. Pull manual fire alarm to prompt a response for others to evacuate.
- Take critical personal items only (keys, purse, and outerwear) and close doors behind you.
- Assist those who need help, but carefully consider whether you may put yourself at risk.
- Look for Exit signs indicating potential egress/escape routes.
- Evacuate to an Evacuation Assembly Area, as indicated on front page of this plan (http://police.illinois.edu/emergency/floorplans/)
- Remain at Evacuation Assembly Area until additional instructions are given.
- If you are not able to evacuate, go to an Area of Rescue Assistance, as indicated on the front page of this plan.
- Alert authorities to those who may need assistance.
- Do not re-enter the building until informed by emergency response personnel that it is safe to return.
- Active Threat: IF it is safe to do so, run out of the building. Get as far away as possible. Do NOT go to the Evacuation Assembly Area.
- HIDE-Action taken to seek immediate shelter indoors when emergency conditions do not warrant or allow evacuation.
- Severe Weather:
- If you are outside, proceed to the nearest protective building.
- If sheltering-in-place due to severe weather, proceed to the identified Storm Refuge Area or to the lowest, most interior area of the building away from windows or hazardous equipment or materials.
- Active Threat:
- Lock or barricade your area.
- Get to a place where the threat cannot see you.
- Place cell phones on silent.
- Do not make any noise.
- Do not come out until you receive an Illini-Alert advising you it is safe.
- FIGHT-Action taken as a last resort to increase your odds of survival.
- Active Threat: If you cannot run away safely or hide, be prepared to fight with anything available to increase your odds for survival.
University Information on Student Safety
Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources here: http://oiir.illinois.edu/sites/prod/files/SexualMisconduct_ResourceGuide.pdf
University Police Department, Emergency, 9-911; Non-emergency, 217-333-8911
Counseling Center, 110 Student Services Bldg., 610 E. John St., 217-333-3704
McKinley Health Center, General Information, 217-333-2701
McKinley Mental Health Center, 1109 S. Lincoln, 217-333-2705
Dean of Students, 300 Turner Students Services Bldg, 610 E. John St., 217-333-0050
Local Sexual Assault Center, RACES, 217-384-4444
Women’s Resources Center, 703 South Wright Street, 2nd Floor, 217-333-3137