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M4A1: Create Your Own Bacterial Key
Throughout the previous modules you have gained information on the methods used to
distinguish different bacteria from one another. This activity serves to reinforce the concepts
associated with biochemical tests, help you learn the metabolic strategies associated with
individual or groups of bacteria, and strengthen your understanding of basic morphological
differences. For this assignment, you are to choose one (1) of the groups, either A)
oral/respiratory tract pathogens and commensals, or B) urogenital pathogens and
commensals or C) gastrointestinal tract pathogens and commensals, and develop a key based on
differential staining and culturing, morphology and the suite of biochemical tests available to
A) Typical oral/respiratory tract pathogens and commensals Streptococcus pneumonia
M4A2: Project 1 (I chose the topic Pseudomonas)
You are the science reporter for your local newspaper. Your editor asks you to write an article on
a major topic within the general field of microbiology. He stipulates that in this article you need
to include the following three things
An historical timeline for the major scientific discoveries that has led to our current
understanding of the topic.
A summary of our current understanding of the topic.
A projection of where the next major advance or breakthrough in your topic will come
For project 1 you will do your background research. Specifically, you will choose a suitable
topic, identify appropriate resources, and generate a brief outline of the article which you will
write for Project 2. Your topic must fall under the following subheadings
Microbiology and human health
Microbiology and the environment
Microbiology and agriculture
Microbiology and industry
Consult your textbook to choose a topic under one of the four subheadings listed above.
For example, from the area Microbiology and industry, you might examine the use of organisms
by the alcoholic beverage industry. More specifically, are you interested in wine and the grapes
that produce it? You could investigate the actions of a fungus called noble rot or the cultures
involved in the fermentation of the grapes. [Need help choosing a topic?]
Email your topic to your instructor for approval.
Once your receive instructor approval, do some background research on your topic to get
more familiar with it. Using the Credo Reference and/or Britannica Online: Academic
Edition databases, find 1-2 articles/encyclopedia entries on your topic that will help you
complete your Project 2 article. You can access these databases from the Librarys Background
Now that you have some grounding in your topic, find 5-6 peer-reviewed research
articles that will help you complete your Project 2 article using the Librarys OneSearch tool.
OneSearch is found on the Librarys homepage. Watch the OneSearch Tips video for assistance
getting started. [Note: In OneSearch you can limit your results to peer-reviewed journals.]
You should now have a total of at least 7 sources to use for your Project 2 article.
After reading the sources, think of the main points that you will cover and develop an
outline for your Project 2 article. [Need help writing an outline?]
In a single Word document, submit your outline and list of at least 7 sources (references)
in APA format and place it in the appropriate assignment dropbox. [Need help with APA
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