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Below is a sample breakdown of the Microbiology Laboratory Techniques chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Stains||Simple and differential stains|
|Tuesday||Gram stain||Difference between Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria; visual demonstration and explanation of each step|
|Wednesday||Lab techniques and bacterial growth||Basic bacteriology techniques, sterile techniques and growth and isolation techniques; bacterial growth curves, generation times, lag phase and log phase|
|Thursday||Serial dilutions||Calculations and techniques for microbiology serial dilutions|
|Friday||Differential and selective media||Differences between the media; using them for classification, selection and showing incorporated DNA|
1. Simple and Differential Stains: Definition and Examples
Observing tiny bacteria under the microscope is not as easy as it sounds. In this lesson, we will examine several staining techniques used to color bacteria, enhancing their visibility.
2. The Gram Stain: Background and Example Organisms
Every microbiology student should be familiar with the Gram stain. In this first of two lessons on this technique, we will look at some of the background information before describing and viewing some relevant example organisms.
3. The Gram Stain: Theory and Procedure
In this lesson, we will focus on the individual steps of the Gram stain procedure. In this second of two lessons on the Gram stain, we will examine the theory and procedure behind how each step contributes to the process as a whole.
4. Growing Bacteria in a Lab: Experiments & Conditions
Despite the fact that bacteria are growing all around you, they can be surprisingly difficult to grow in a lab. This lesson will explore some of the basics involved in culturing bacteria for experimentation.
5. What Is Bacterial Growth & Generation Time? - Curves, Phases & Stages
Bacteria are able to reproduce at an incredibly rapid pace. In this lesson, we will examine the different phases of bacterial growth and how to calculate population numbers based on generation times and culture size.
6. Serial Dilution in Microbiology: Calculation, Method & Technique
Working with billions of tiny cells can pose a problem when you need to count the total number of cells in a sample. Fortunately, through precise serial dilution of a sample, it is possible to get down to a number that is much easier to work with.
7. Differential & Selective Media in Microbiology
Every microbiologist eventually has to grow cultures of bacteria for their experiments. In this lesson, we will investigate selective and differential media, two techniques to make culturing bacterial species a little more efficient.
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