MW (5:30 - 6:50 PM)
This course presents a survey of the diversity of fungi, their biology, and their roles in the environment. This semester, particular emphasis will be placed on medical mycology. Specific aspects of fungal biology and pathogenesis will be explored in more depth using current literature. Discussion of taxonomic and structural concepts will be supplemented by laboratory work.
There is no assigned text for this course. Readings will be taken from research papers and review articles in the scientific literature.
Students are required to attend all lecture, discussion and laboratory sessions (see attendence policy separately)
Students are complete a term paper, to present that term paper to the class, to present one research paper in a journal club format and to complete an informal fungal collection.
For the roundtable (journal club) discussion and for the oral presentations, students will act as peer-reviewers.
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. 43]
Absences will be excused for:
ROUTINE APPOINTMENTS, medical or otherwise, AND VACATION TRAVEL ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE Reasons for excused absences
It is the responsibility of the student to obtain notes or other information covered in class during an absence.
Classroom Expectations and Policies:
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