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Biology 475. Topics in Applied Microbiology. Biology 475. Official Course Description BIOL 475 LEC,SEM 0.50 Course ID: 1101 Topics in Applied Microbiology

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Biology 475

Biology 475

Topics in Applied Microbiology


Biology 4751

Biology 475

Official Course Description

BIOL 475 LEC,SEM 0.50

Course ID: 1101

Topics in Applied Microbiology

Students will explore a variety of topics in applied microbiology as reflected by journal articles in the current literature. [Offered W].

Prereq: BIOL 241, Level at least 3A


Biology 475

Instructor Colin Mayfield

Phone 519-888-4567 Ext 34640

Office Address Biology Building 1, Room 377E

Office Hours Wednesday 3 pm to 6 pm

[email protected]

Personal Homepage:

http://wvlc.uwaterloo.ca/biology447/modules/intro/in_a.htm

Or

http://colinmayfield.com/biol447/modules/intro/in_a.htm


Biology 475

Website:

All information is available at:

http://wvlc.uwaterloo.ca/biology475

Or

http://colinmayfield.com/biol475

Posted Marks and announcements will be available on Waterloo-LEARN


Biology 475

Required Text

None - original primary and secondary literature will be used for the presentations and the associated paper.

Course Description

Current topics in microbiology will be presented to the class by students. For 2010, they will include emerging and reemerging diseases, public health issues and nanotechnology aspects of microbiology


Biology 475

Biology 475 is a limited enrollment course for 3rd and 4th year students interested in advanced topics in microbiology.

It is a tutorial/seminar course where students give presentations on selected topics.

There are a few lectures/presentations at the start of the course to provide a general overview of the chosen topics


Biology 475

Course Requirements

1. To present one 30 min PowerPoint presentation on the chosen topic. The PowerPoint presentation will be made available through posting to the website before the presentation is given in class. This will make up 45% of the total mark 2. To produce a more detailed paper/monograph on the chosen topic in a format suitable for publication and for posting on this course web site. This will make up 45% of the total mark 3. Student participation in course seminars/presentations and completing questionnaires. This will make up 10% of the total mark


Biology 475

Course Links

For Marks and Overview

see http://learn.uwaterloo.ca - Biology 475

For Course Materials, References, Announcements, etc.

seehttp://colinmayfield.com/biol475/announcements.html

or http://wvlc.uwaterloo.ca/biology475/announcements.html


Biology 475

Grading Policy

  • Grading will be 45% on the seminar presentation (quality, content, organization, style and quality of presenting, quality and clarity of charts, graphs and slides) and 45% on the paper/monograph prepared on the same topic. Ten percent (10%) of the total course mark will be assessed for student participation in the seminar series.

  • The Seminar/PowerPoint presentation will be assessed based on the choice, quality, suitability and scope of the chosen materials (70%),the quality, organization and clarity of the seminar (10%), and the style and clarity of the PowerPoint presentation (10%). The presenter's answers to questions on the topic will be assessed (10%).


Biology 475

  • The PowerPoint will be posted (at the latest) on the website on the Friday evening before the Wednesday presentation. This means they should be sent to me via email by noon on the Friday before your presentation

  • The required paper/monograph will be judged on quality of chosen materials (60%), depth and breadth of topic coverage (10%), originality (10%), organization (5% see details of paper organization required), writing and style of presentation (5%) and choice and presentation of reference sources (10%). The paper will be due before the last day of the term. This paper will be submitted in electronic format (Word document or HTML file) suitable for posting to this web site.


Biology 475

  • There will be 10% of the total mark for the course given for student participation in the presentations/seminars and completion of the questionnaire for each speaker. 

  • The presentations will be scheduled on a random basis during the course. Questions on the marking scheme will be answered at the start of the course. All students will also take part in an assessment of all presentations though a questionnaire to be completed after each presentation.

    All comments will be provided anonymously to the presenters the week after their presentations


Biology 475

  • The paper should conform to normal Council of Biological Editors (CBE) standards for research publications except that it does not have to have the usual sections of Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and References.

    Instead, since it is a summary of research results, it should have an Abstract, an Introduction giving an overview of what is included in the paper, and some organizational structure to present the materials.

    A short summary of major conclusions, problems, opportunities for future research, etc, could also be included. A complete Bibliographic section is required. If web-based material is used it should be properly referenced. Help will be available from the library if required


Biology 475

Attendance Policy

A sign-in sheet will be maintained for each seminar session. Some absences are permissible but should not exceed a reasonable number

Exam Policy

There is neither a final exam nor mid-term in this course


Questionnaire

Questionnaire

Title of Presentation………………………… Date ………………………..2010

Name of Presenter 1…………………………………………………..

Name of Presenter 2 ………………………………………………….

Name of Presenter 3 ………………………………………………….

Provide both general, overall comments about all presenters and the presentation and specific comments about each presenter – you can use numbers (above) to indicate specific comments.

  • Assess the quality, suitability and scope of the chosen materials (0 - 100%) …….%

  • Comment on the quality, suitability and scope of the chosen materials…

  • Assess the quality, organization and clarity of the seminar (0 - 100%) …….%

  • Comment on the quality, organization and clarity of the seminar ..

  • Assess the style and clarity of the PowerPoint presentation (0 - 100%) …....%.

  • Comment on the style and clarity of the PowerPoint presentation..


Questionnaire1

Questionnaire

7 . Make comments on the overall seminar presentation –(try to make these constructive comments)

8. List any revisions you think would improve the presentation or the paper to be prepared from the presentation

9. Give an additional comments not covered above:

 ______________________________________________________________

Title of Presentation: ………………………………………………………………………………………

Respondent’s Name : ………………………………………………………………………………………

Respondent’s Student ID#: .................................................................................

Note: Your name and Student ID will be removed before the sheet is given to the presenters


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http://learn.uwaterloo.ca

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Summary

Summary


Biology 475

See Download Seminar Presentations page for timetable of the course.

In the first 2 weeks of the course, choose a topic from List of Topics for Seminarsand enter your choice at Choose your Seminar Topic

You can see a list of already chosen topics at:

List of Seminars Chosen. All choices are time-stamped by the server. If the topic has been chosen, you have to choose another

Pick a topic that is not already chosen by another group – the earlier you choose, the more topics you will have to choose from!


Biology 475

Refer to the Announcements page at frequent intervals to receive more information as the term progresses (seminar timetables, changes to website, updates, etc.)


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