MTWR (8:00 - 10:00 am)
Microbiology: with Diseases by Body System by RW Bauman. 2nd Edition. Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2009.
Access to: Mastering Microbiology (www.masteringmicrobiology.com)
Microbiology Laboratory Theory & Application: Brief Edition by M J Leboffe & B E Pierce. 2nd Edition. Morton Publishing Company, 2008.
Each student is required to complete all exams, reading assignments and laboratory assignments.
There will be three midterm exams worth 100 points each and a cumulative final exam worth 200 points.
Online assignments over the reading for the section being covered will be worth 100 points total.
The laboratory portion comprises 40% of the total course grade.
Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled.
Although in general students are graded on intellectual effort and performance rather than
attendance, absences may lower the student’s grade where class attendance and class
participation are deemed essential by the faculty member. In those classes where attendance is
considered as part of the grade, the instructor should so inform students of the specifics in
writing at the beginning of the semester in a syllabus or separate attendance policy statement.
An instructor who has an attendance policy must keep records on a daily basis. The instructor
must give the student a verbal or written warning prior to being dropped from the class.
Instructor’s records will stand as evidence of absences. A student with excessive absences may
be dropped from a course by the instructor. Any individual faculty member or college has the
authority to establish an attendance policy, providing the policy is in accordance with the General University Policies. [MSU Student Handbook, p. 37]
Absences will be excused for:
It is the responsibility of the student to obtain notes or other information covered in class during an absence.
Classroom expectations and policies:
• Students are expected to be prepared for lecture and lab by: 1) reading the text, lab manual and handouts prior to coming to class; 2) having paper and pen at hand
• Students are expected to arrive a few minutes early in order to mentally prepare. If late arrival is unavoidable, the student should enter the class in a manner that creates as little disruption as possible.
• Personal electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, MP3 players, etc.) must be turned off/silenced and stowed out of sight for the duration of class or lab.
• Points will be deducted from assignments turned in late.
• Food and beverages are prohibited in the lab (see the Laboratory Safety section in the Laboratory Manual for additional safety issues).
• Student conduct: Please refer to the MSU Student Handbook for university policies related to student responsibilities, rights and activities. For example, see page 38 for valid grounds for Instructor Drops (excessive absences, indifferent attitude, disruptive conduct, failure to meet class assignments, etc.), page 66 for the university’s policy on classroom conduct, and page 67 for definitions of academic dishonesty that may be subject to disciplinary action (cheating, plagiarism and collusion).
• Students with disabilities: It is the responsibility of the student to first contact Disability Support Services and then the Instructor to determine what accommodations might be made for a disability. It will be the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to acquire notes. Any request for accommodations must be made 2 weeks prior to the first exam [for Summer session, during the first week of classes].
I will respond to e-mail during regular school hours (8:30 am – 5:00 pm M-F). I will make every effort to respond to e-mail sent during the week within 24 hours. Those sent over the weekend will be attended to on Monday.
Always include a subject line in your e-mail messages. It would be particularly helpful to include in the subject line the course number & section (i.e. BIOL 2144-301).
Note for Summer Session: Due to the compressed schedule of summer sessions, we will be having an exam each week beginning with week 2. Because of this, makeup exams will not be given.
All electronic devices, including cell phones, must be completely turned off during exam periods. I will keep track of time and relay the information to the class. If you must keep track of time yourself, invest in a wristwatch.