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Microbiology: with Diseases by Body System by RW Bauman. 3rd Edition. Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2012.
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.
All exams and assignments count toward your final grade in the course and so it is important to do the best that you can on everything you turn in. If you find yourself having difficulties, please come to me for help early in the semester so that you give yourself time to improve.
Attendance is not a direct component of your course score. However, continual tardiness – and the subsequent class disruption due to coming in late – will be taken into account and may have an effect on your final points awarded.
This course is not graded on a traditional curve, but it is scaled to where the students are. This allows for any adjustments that the instructor deems necessary. The course is worth approximately 1000 points. Grade categories and equivalent percentages are as indicated: A (90-100%); B (80-89%); C (70-79%); D (60-69%); F (59% and below). Passing requires 60% of the points (unadjusted) for the course, or 600. Fractional percentages will be rounded at the end of the semester.
Lecture constitutes approximately 60% of the BIOL 2144 grade. There will be three midterm exams, each worth 100 points. The final exam will be worth 200 points. Each exam, including the final, will focus on what was covered since the previous exam. However, each exam will also be cumulative in that each section of the course builds on what came before. The final will also be more typically cumulative in that it will cover the entire semester, focusing on material that needs to be reviewed (i.e. the majority of the class got it wrong the first time around).
The remaining component of the lecture score comprises assignments associated with the reading for the upcoming lecture. Assignments will be available on the Mastering Microbiology website (www.masteringmicrobiology.com). Questions will be taken from the reading assigned for the next period’s lecture. Assignments must be completed by the beginning of the next class period (e.g. for Wednesday’s lecture, the assignment must be completed prior to 8:00 am Wednesday).
Lab constitutes approximately 40% of the BIOL 2144 grade. Specifics for lab exercises, assignments and grading will be provided during the first laboratory session.
1) No regrades will be provided for exams done in pencil.
2) Misspelled words (esp. organism names) and incorrect taxonomic nomenclature will result in ¼ point deductions for each instance.
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:
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).