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Biology 2420

Microbiology for the Health Sciences

Instructor: Rob Lewis

Microbology for the Health Sciences:

"An introduction to the microbial world including the basic

characteristics of fungi, algae, bacteria, helminths, and viruses.

Special emphasis is placed on applications to humans..."

Opening thought:

Get started ahead of time-

Study hard and test easy!

Keep in Touch

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Call me at : 512.775.6940

Email me at:rlewis3 (at) austincc.edu

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Micro Lab Assistant: Nina Baj, 223-2071

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Welcome Letter - Sp'21

Hi Folks, welcome to microbiology 2420!
This is a copy of the email welcome letter for you folks that might have joined late

This should be a great semester!

I am looking forward to meeting each of you.

I have high hopes for everyone!

This is the first email for the class.

I will send an additional one as the start day approaches and the roster shakes out a little.

Some info for you about day one:

- We will meet via WebEx.

There is no need to create a WebEx account, I will send meeting info as the time for the class approaches.

To prepare, please use the WebEx test meeting to verify that you can connect and hear. The WebEx test meeting is located at:


To conserve bandwidth and make your experience smoother, we will NOT use video except for me to share my screen for lecture and discussion.

And, as in any meeting, please use good etiquette and stay muted unless you have something to say. The chat function works well in WebEx.

- Our website is located at: http://www.austincc.edu/rlewis3

- There is also blackboard site for basic stuff.

(Either site has schedules for lab and lecture, useful information etc.)

- Be aware of the prerequisites enforced for this course.

If you do not have them *PLEASE* drop the class immediately and enroll in a prerequisite class, the department will eventually drop you if you don't have them.

I will send an email in January requesting proof from those folks need to provide proof of appropriate prerequisites ...

- For Lecture day one, download and read the pdf notes for Topic 1 - Intro and History-

I will lecture from a selection of the slides:


- Lab notes for discussion are here:


I will provide additional resources as we proceed.

- I am teaching from and recommending the excellent textbook *OpenStax Microbiology* from Rice University -- https://openstax.org/details/books/microbiology

Publish Date Nov 01, 2016

Print: ISBN-10: 1938168143 ISBN-13: 978-­1-­938168-­14-­7

Digital: ISBN-10: 1-947172-23-9 ISBN-13: 978-1-947172-23-4

iBooks: ISBN-10: 0-9986257-0-1 ISBN-13: 978-0-9986257-0-6

License: Microbiology by OpenStax is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License v4.0

The book is also available as a printed book for a small fee.

- To help prepare you for our discussion about aseptic technique, watch these short videos.

Notice there are minor variations in technique depending on where the person received training.

====== Amarita University - discussion about plating, works with plate correctly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1KP9zOtjXk

====== Biorad - plate to plate only ---> plate not labeled https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0heifCiMbfY

====== BMSC - good but works with inverted plate, shows liguid --> Plate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB8R63nEPZE

- Attached (pdf) is additional information about how I plan to run the class...That's it for now.

Again welcome!

See you virtually in the WebEx class,

rob lewis