Essential Microbiology

Author(s): Sascha McKeon

Edition: 4

Copyright: 2021


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Essential Microbiology is an all-inclusive resource to students, serving as both textbook and lab manual to provide a foundation for allied health professionals and biology majors alike. Concepts are presented in easy to grasp excerpts making content accessible while maintaining rigor. Each chapter includes hands-on investigations and student worksheets, exposing students to 46 laboratory protocols.

Essential Microbiology emphasizes the diversity and evolution of microbial zoology with a focus on human-microbe interactions. Students explore aseptic techniques, diverse culturing methodology, and staining protocols regularly. The textbook includes practice problems for data analysis and culminates in the identification of an unknown microbe.

CHAPTER 1 The Nature of Science

CHAPTER 2 Cell Biology Overview

CHAPTER 3 Metrics and Microscopes

CHAPTER 4 Aseptic Technique

CHAPTER 5 Sample Preparation and Staining

CHAPTER 6 Prokaryotic Microbes

CHAPTER 7 Eukaryotic Microbes

CHAPTER 8 Non-living Microbes

CHAPTER 9 Growth and Culturing

CHAPTER 10 Epidemiology

CHAPTER 11 Pathology

CHAPTER 12 The Immune System

CHAPTER 13 Microbial Control

CHAPTER 14 Therapeutic Agents

CHAPTER 15 Evolution

CHAPTER 16 Application

APPENDIX 1 Notable Pathogens
APPENDIX 2 Answers to Exercises

Sascha McKeon

Sascha McKeon (1984-Present) was born and raised on the island of Kaua'i, Hawai'i, before her academic career took her to the continental US and culminated in the receipt of her doctorate in Biomedical Science from SUNY-Albany in New York, with a specialty in immunology and infectious disease. Sascha has been teaching at Blue Mountain Community College in Eastern Oregon, since 2012 and considers herself a pioneer of active learning and Open Education Resources.  She teaches face-to-face, hybrid, and Quality Matters certified online courses for both majors and non-majors alike while serving as part of the executive board of their faculty union.

Her first book, "Essential Microbiology," was written as part of a "textbook affordability" program, offering students in her course a comprehensive and lab-based class at a 1/3 of the cost. This textbook revolutionized the didactic pedagogy of her class, making the material more hands-on and engaging for students. By consolidating concepts into short "big picture" excerpts, students found the content more accessible and engaging as each chapter was paired with hands-on labs and focused laboratory techniques and protocols.  Students went from completing 8 labs in a term to 16 different themed explorations, including over 40 clinical lab procedures. 

Related ISBN's: 9781792458460, 9781792474798

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