Ch 17: MTEL Biology: Microbiology & Types of Microbes

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Find out all about microbiology and types of microbes. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes give you several approaches that can help you successfully answer related questions on the MTEL Biology exam.

MTEL Biology: Microbiology and Types of Microbes - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to refresh your memory about microbiology and types of microbes that you likely studied in college. The videos review all the topics on this subject you need to know for the MTEL Biology exam, including:

  • The germ theory of disease
  • Archaea
  • Bacteria
  • Cyanobacteria
  • Protozoa
  • Algae
  • Fungi

Our instructors are extremely knowledgeable, and they can guide you through each topic, pointing out the highlights you need to know for the test. You can view the lessons as short videos and consult their accompanying transcripts. By having different didactic strategies, learning the material becomes both interesting and fun.

Objectives of the MTEL Biology: Microbiology and Types of Microbes Chapter

The MTEL Biology exam is a standardized assessment instrument that evaluates your knowledge and comprehension of biology. You need to earn a passing grade in order to be licensed as a biology teacher in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The topics in the Microbiology and Types of Microbes chapter are part of the Chemistry of Life and Cell Biology objective of the test. There will be 16-18 multiple-choice questions on this objective. By taking the self-assessment quizzes, you can evaluate your comprehension and see what you need to study some more, plus, you will gain experience with answering multiple-choice questions like those found on the exam.

There are two kinds of questions on the MTEL Biology exam. Multiple-choice questions will present you with a passage or question and then ask you to select the correct answer from several presented. Open-response questions check on your ability to integrate your knowledge and understanding and write a logically-sound, cohesive essay.

7 Lessons in Chapter 17: MTEL Biology: Microbiology & Types of Microbes
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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.

Archaea: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

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