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Ch 2: Microbiology Basics: Tutoring Solution

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The Microbiology Basics chapter of this College Microbiology Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about the basics of microbiology. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the foundational microbiology concepts required in a typical college microbiology course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other microbiology work.
  • Identify the basic microbiology concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our college microbiology tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn the basics of microbiology and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding germs, antibiotics, bacteria, protozoa, algae, fungi or any other foundational microbiology topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their biology learning
  • Prefer learning biology visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their microbiology basics unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in microbiology
  • Don't have access to their biology teacher outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning microbiology basics simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live microbiology tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn microbiology basics on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning Objectives

  • Become familiar with the germ theory of disease.
  • Explain how antibiotics and vaccines work.
  • Describe the similarities and differences between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells.
  • Discuss the characteristics of Archaea.
  • Learn the distinguishing features of bacteria.
  • Describe the characteristics of cyanobacteria.
  • Explain the features that set protozoa apart from other microbes.
  • Become familiar with the distinguishing characteristics of algae.
  • List the characteristics of fungi.

19 Lessons in Chapter 2: Microbiology Basics: Tutoring Solution
The Germ Theory of Disease: Definition & Louis Pasteur

1. The Germ Theory of Disease: Definition & Louis Pasteur

In this lesson, we will look at one of the most influential experiments in the field of microbiology. We will learn how Louis Pasteur disproved the theory of spontaneous generation which helped lead to the development of the germ theory of disease.

Antibiotics and Vaccines

2. Antibiotics and Vaccines

Do you know why children must get regularly vaccinated? Have you ever wondered how an antibiotic works and why they are so widely prescribed? If so, this lesson will help you to understand how changes in medicine have almost eliminated several deadly diseases and added decades to the average person's lifespan.

Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells: Similarities and Differences

3. Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells: Similarities and Differences

In this lesson, we discuss the similarities and differences between the eukaryotic cells of your body and prokaryotic cells such as bacteria. Eukaryotes organize different functions within specialized membrane-bound compartments called organelles. These structures do not exist in prokaryotes.

Archaea: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

4. Archaea: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

There is an entire domain of life that is made up of single-celled organisms without nuclei. We're not referring to the Bacteria domain, however. In this lesson, we will examine the main characteristics of the least commonly known domain, the Archaea.

What is Bacteria? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

5. What is Bacteria? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

This lesson will introduce the Bacteria, a large and diverse group of microorganisms. We will examine several key characteristics, as well as a few commonly known examples of bacterial species.

Cyanobacteria: Definition, Characteristics & Species

6. Cyanobacteria: Definition, Characteristics & Species

Cyanobacteria are a phylum of Bacteria that produce oxygen during photosynthesis. This lesson will examine cyanobacteria and the role they played in establishing our oxygen-rich atmosphere.

What are Protozoa? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

7. What are Protozoa? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Taxonomy is the realm of science that attempts to group similar organisms together, which is not always an easy task. In this lesson, we will examine the protozoa, a diverse group of organisms that didn't really fit anywhere else.

What is Algae? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

8. What is Algae? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Plants are not the only organisms capable of carrying out photosynthesis. In this lesson we will look at algae and how an algal species can be differentiated from other organisms and microbes.

What are Fungi? - Types and Characteristics

9. What are Fungi? - Types and Characteristics

In this lesson, we will examine the group of organisms known as the fungi. This group includes the familiar organisms mushrooms, yeasts and molds. We will look at several major characteristics of fungi, as well as a few disease-causing fungi.

Diatoms: Definition, Characteristics & Types

10. Diatoms: Definition, Characteristics & Types

Diatoms are a large group of single-celled algae that are encased in a silica cell wall. They are a very diverse group and are known for their interesting physical structure.

Pseudopods: Definition & Function

11. Pseudopods: Definition & Function

Extensions of your body that can change shape and help you catch food - sounds mysterious, doesn't it? In this lesson, you will learn about pseudopods, which help tiny critters called protozoa move and capture food.

What Are Algae Blooms? - Definition & Examples

12. What Are Algae Blooms? - Definition & Examples

You may have heard of algae blooms and red tides, but what exactly are they? Algae blooms develop from excess nutrient runoff into aquatic systems, and this nutrient imbalance can cause a variety of issues.

What is a Parasite? - Definition, Types & Examples

13. What is a Parasite? - Definition, Types & Examples

You've heard people describe others as 'parasites,' but in this lesson, we'll take a look at parasites from a biological perspective. What is a parasite? What do they do? What are examples of parasites? How do they impact humans? Read on to learn the answers.

What is Microbiology? - Definition & History

14. What is Microbiology? - Definition & History

Everywhere you look, even though you can't see them, there is a hidden world of microorganisms. Microbiology is the study of this hidden world of organisms that affect our health, help make our food, and influence our environment.

What is Salmonella?

15. What is Salmonella?

We're going to examine salmonella and how we get salmonella infections. Learn how to prevent salmonella infections as well. Take the short quiz that follows to test your understanding on this topic.

Vibrio cholerae: Symptoms, Treatment and Morphology

16. Vibrio cholerae: Symptoms, Treatment and Morphology

The deadly disease cholera is endemic in parts of Asia and Latin America and often follows in the aftermath of natural disasters. In this lesson we will learn more about this horrific disease and the culprit behind the disease.

Vibrio Vulnificus Infection: Symptoms & Treatment

17. Vibrio Vulnificus Infection: Symptoms & Treatment

Have you ever wondered why you shouldn't eat raw seafood, or why sometimes beaches close in the summer? In this lesson, you will learn about one bacteria that could be responsible for both.

What Is PPD? - Definition, Symptoms & Testing

18. What Is PPD? - Definition, Symptoms & Testing

In this lesson, you'll learn about the PPD test. You'll also learn what it stands for, how it works, how it's interpreted, and how it can tell whether someone may have been infected with tuberculosis.

Definitive & Accidental Hosts in Parasitic Life Cycles

19. Definitive & Accidental Hosts in Parasitic Life Cycles

Many parasites need a host at some point in their life cycle. In this lesson, we'll discuss how parasites utilize two different types of hosts: definitive hosts and accidental hosts.

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