Laboratory Exercises in Microbiology: Discovering the Unseen World Through Hands-On Investigation
Susan McLaughlin, Queensborough Community College
Joan Petersen, Queensborough Community College
Pub Date: 2016
Publisher: CUNY Academic Works
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This is excellent lab manual for introductory microbiology. The book contains wonderful illustrations and provides numerous exercises and hands-on read more
This is excellent lab manual for introductory microbiology. The book contains wonderful illustrations and provides numerous exercises and hands-on activities. The text is easy to read and well-organized into a thorough overview of clinical microbiology with sections on eukaryotic pathogens and immunology. There is no discussion of viruses in the lab manual but this book is very complete for general microbiology for college students.
Everything I read was correct and also presented in very direct and complete language. I think the book provides a great and unbiased overview of clinical microbiology.
This book of laboratory exercises will be relevant for a great deal of time. Even if new automated tests will be used in clinical laboratories, this book provides the simple direct hands-on approach for teaching college students.
It is written very well with easy to read chapters for different experiments. I think the language is simple in a very positive way where the students can easily understand the relevance of the various experimental techniques.
The book is consistent throughout.
The best part of the book is that the experimental class days are well-defined. The specific topics for each laboratory class are laid out for each section.
I like the flow. The start of the book with overall with diagrams and activities reviewing microscopy and introducing microorganisms in general is great. I like the details on bacteria especially on different staining techniques and various antibiotic and disinfectants testing.
It is easy to navigate as a pdf for reading. But I can imagine for use by students in the lab classroom, a printed paper copy would be preferable.
I found no problems with grammar.
The book is relevant to current microbiology. As a science book, there is no reference to social culture but plenty of reference to bacterial cultures.
A great lab book for creating a microbiology lab class.
Table of Contents
Microbiology Lab Safety Instructions
- Lab 1. Introduction to Microscopy and Diversity of Cell Types
- Lab 2. Introduction to Aseptic Techniques and Growth Media
- Lab 3. Preparation of Bacterial Smears and Introduction to Staining
- Lab 4. Acid fast and Endospore Staining
- Lab 5. Metabolic Activities of Bacteria
- Lab 6. Dichotomous Keys
- Lab 7. The Effect of Physical Factors on Microbial Growth
- Lab 8. Chemical Control of Microbial Growth—Disinfectants and Antibiotics
- Lab 9. The Microbiology of Milk and Food
- Lab 10. The Eukaryotes
- Lab 11. Clinical Microbiology I; Anaerobic pathogens; Vectors of Infectious Disease
- Lab 12. Clinical Microbiology II—Immunology and the Biolog System
- Lab 13. Putting it all Together: Case Studies in Microbiology
Appendix I. Information About Lab Practical Exams
Appendix II. Scientific Notation and Serial Dilution
Appendix III. Introduction to Micropipetting
About the Book
The exercises in this laboratory manual are designed to engage students in hand-on activities that reinforce their understanding of the microbial world. Topics covered include: staining and microscopy, metabolic testing, physical and chemical control of microorganisms, and immunology. The target audience is primarily students preparing for a career in the health sciences, however many of the topics would be appropriate for a general microbiology course as well.
About the Contributors
Susan McLaughlin is a Professor in the Biology department at Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY.
Joan Petersen Professor in the Science department at Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY