Reviews for course code MICRB (Microbiology)

MICRB 265 – General Microbiology (2016)

Difficulty: 3/5

Course work: Midterm (25%); Final (35%); Lab Work (25%); Lab Final (10%); In Class TopHat Questions (5%)

Instructor: Dr. Perrin Beatty

Review: This course entails a broad review of a number of topics in introductory microbiology, ranging from the basics of bacteria and functional morphology, to an in-depth biochemical examination of certain bacterial components such as peptidoglycan and flagellar motors. There are also guest lectures providing a brief overview of very current topics such as developments in industrial microbiology, and the application of modern metagenomics to analysis of environmental microbes. There was a heavy emphasis upon bioenergetics and metabolism, particularly understandings of redox in relation to the available electron donors and acceptors in various bacterial environments. The laboratory component consisted of practical work on various microbiological techniques including various plating and culture methods, and a large number of differential tests. It is a highly involved lab, with biweekly quizzes and multiple multi-page lab reports requiring significant external research.

MICRB 265 – General Microbiology (2019)

Difficulty: 4/5

Course work: Midterm (20%); Final (35%); Group assignment (10%); Lab work (25%); Lab Final (10%)

Textbook: Not necessary

Instructor: Dr. Brian Lanoil

Review: This course serves as a very extensive introduction into microbiology which covers topics in morphology, metabolism, bioinformatics, host-microbe interactions, diversity, gene regulation, and others. Dr. Lanoil was clearly knowledgeable in these areas, but his points were not always conveyed effectively, and concepts were not always properly addressed. He stressed lots of broad application questions during his exams, but rarely used class time to foster this type of thinking with the material. The lab requires a significant amount of work, with several papers and quizzes throughout the term. Multiple experiments were run concurrently in order to fit in all of the different experiments in the term, which meant several readings and preparations each week. Personally, I found that the work load of the lab requires more work than the credit received for the course. With the workload and standards that are expected, this lab could act as a standalone course on its own.