Biol. 240 - General Microbiology, Spring 2011

Lectures meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12:00 - 1:15 in Darwin 30.

Your laboratory section meets in Darwin 208.

Instructor: Marilyn I. Cannon
Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 10:15 - 11:15 (or other times by appointment)
Office: Darwin 216
Phone: 707- 664-2717 (office; voice mail) or email:
My SSU homepage:
There you will find links to our Biology 240, General Microbiology course pages.

We will also be using WebCT, so become familiar with our class site.
Wikispaces will be used for your semester research project. Details provided in class.


Tortora, Funke, and Case. Microbiology, An Introduction 10th Edition (2010).  ISBN 0321550072 (Any 10th edition is fine: some new ones -- as a special "California Package" -- are available in the SSU bookstore. USED textbooks should be available at Northlight Books and also at online book retailers; but please order them early.)

Pearson Custom Library. Biology 240 General Microbiology Laboratory Experiments (Spring 2011).  For sale in the the SSU bookstore.


Alexander, S. & D. Strete. Microbiology: A Photographic Atlas for the Laboratory ISBN 0-8053-2732-0

Lammert, John M. Techniques in Microbiology: A Student Handbook ISBN 0-13-224011-4

Alcamo, I.E and L.M. Elson, The Microbiology Coloring Book (1996). ISBN 0-06-041925-3

Some of MY OBJECTIVES for teaching this course:

1. To increase your awareness and appreciation for microscopic organisms in your environment.
2. To help you understand the role of microbes and microbiology in so many aspects of society.
3. To introduce you to some laboratory methods and special techniques used in microbiological research.
4. To demonstrate major unifying principles that apply to all life, including microbes.
5. To help you develop knowledge and confidence to pursue further studies in the microbiological sciences.


Three Midterm Exams: 100 pts each x 3 = 300 points
Final Exam = 200 points
Three Laboratory Tests: 50 pts each = 150 points
Six Quizzes @ 20 pts each = 100 points  (The lowest quiz score will be dropped.)
Online assignments in Moodle: 100 points
Lab Book Exercises =  Collected 3 X for a total of 100 points
“Unknown” Determination Report  = 50 points
Semester Research Outline, Webpage in Wikispaces, and 5 -7 minute Presentation = 50 points
Attendance and Contribution to Class Activities = 50 points

Grades will be assigned as follows:
			     90 - 100 %   A	     
80 - 89 % B
70 - 79 % C
60 - 69 % D
lower than 60% F
Plus and minus grades will be assigned to the upper and lower % of each letter grade (except A).

Students who wish to be graded in a non-traditional mode (CR/NC, credit/ nocredit) have this option. CR will be assigned for an earned grade of C- or better.

Late make-up exams must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance and require permission of the instructor.
Make-up exams will be penalized 10% unless a written medical excuse is provided.
Attendance: It is expected that you attend every class period!
You are expected to conduct yourself professionally in all aspects of this course.

Please be aware of SSU' s Cheating and Plagiarism policy. All these policies have been updated to reflect our new procedure for decisions on such appeals with a Fairness Board.

IMPORTANT NOTE: NO electronic or wireless devices are to be used during lecture times or during laboratory periods.
They must be TURNED OFF: all cell phones, smart phones; iPods; iPads; iPhones; computers; netbooks; laptops, etc!


1.  Read assigned chapter(s) before you come to class.
2.  Read lab exercises before coming to your laboratory session.
3.  Make an outline of the laboratory procedures for each pab period.  

4.  Attend every class period. Focus on the topics and listen "actively."
5.  Take charge of your own learning!  Study for understanding of the concepts, not just memorization of "facts".
6.  Be alert and take good notes.  Go over your notes after class and make extra notes from your own reading.

7.  Attend all lab periods and perform all lab exercises thoughtfully and well.
8.  Consider getting together with other students outside of class to discuss the material and study for exams.  Form a study group!

9.  Above all, determine to do your very best this semester!

Go to our Microbiology Schedule

Go to our Microbiology Homepage

Marilyn Cannon, January 25, 2011