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BIO 3351 Microbiology

Introduction Video

Where to look for information on disease options

Here are a few starting points for finding possible topics:

As you search, remember you will want record citation information for your topic research assignment.

Video Project Directions

MICROBIOLOGY VIDEO PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

Introduction: The objective of this assignment is to study a single microbe and one disease it causes in detail. The process of independent in-depth investigation into a particular microbe and a disease it causes will help you better understand clinical medicine, diagnostic processes, patient and physician experiences and how microbes interact with their hosts and the environment. Due dates for each of the following assignments are available on Canvas.

Project timeline: 

  1. Topic research (10 pts): Your first job is to identify five disease/pathogen pairs that you would be interested in reviewing for your project. You will need to record the following for each of the five pairs you select:
    1. Disease name
    2. Organism name
      • for bacteria, parasites and fungi list Genus species, for example Staphylococcus aureus
      • ​for viruses list Genus (or Family is no genus is available) and common name. For example,

        Orthohepadnavirus: Hepatitis B Virus (check here for viral taxonomy).

      • for prion diseases try Wikipedia, it is one of the things that site does well.

    3. Description of main symptoms
    4. Two citations (In any standard citation style, although this is a good time to practice CSE) that contain reliable information on your disease topic.
    5. You will submit this assignment on Canvas as a PDF or Word document.
    6. It is important to have the full and correct organism nomenclature when signing up for your topic.

       (Links to an external site.Links to an external site.). You will identify five disease-pathogen pairs and note: a) disease, b) organism, c) diagnostic symptoms and d) two citations. The assignment is due on Canvas at the start of your second lab (two page limit, typewritten only). You must focus on human pathogens unless your selection is approved by Dr. Wood. 
  2. Topic selection (5pts): Be ready to provide the pathogen (genus/species) and disease combination when the sign-up sheet is posted. You must review the entire sign-up list prior to adding your topic to the bottom of the list to ensure that no other students have selected the same disease-pathogen combination. If you sign up for a combination that someone higher up on the list has selected, your name will be removed and you will need to go to the bottom of the list to select a new topic. Spelling and accuracy count, your selection will be rejected if your disease pairing or spelling is incorrect - and you will lose 5 points - this reflects on your precision and preparation which are critical in medicine. Links to an external site. 
  3. Book Citation (4pts): You will identify a book relevant to your topic and provide a proper CSE citation. This will be submitted on Canvas.
  4. Journal Citation (4pts): You will identify a journal relevant to your topic and provide a proper CSE citation. This will be submitted on Canvas.
  5. Project outline (13 pts): You will share your outline formatted in PowerPoint as a two minute video recording on Canvas. Outlines provide a brief bulleted description of the pathogen – disease combination that you are researching. They should cover each of the seven sections on your PowerPoint. If you are unsure of what an outline is, please ask your TA or instructor. Outlines are limited to three slides and must include at least two references that will be part of your final presentation. You will use Panopto software to make a video recording of your PowerPoint outline and submit on Canvas.
  6. Image Citation (4pts): You will identify an image relevant to your topic and provide a proper CSE citation. This will be submitted on Canvas.
  7. Storyboard (20 pts): You will share your storyboard formatted in PowerPoint as a five minute video submitted to Canvas. This is a final layout including all the text and figures that you will use in your final video. In addition to the storyboard video, you will be turning in a separate table with your reference list for Carrie Fry, sciences librarian, to review. Your TAs will review and provide comments which should be used refine your final video presentation. You will use Panopto software to make a video recording of your PowerPoint storyboard and submit on Canvas.
  8. Final disease video presentation (40 pts): You will share your final presentation formatted in PowerPoint as a 10 minute video submitted to Canvas. Your video will be reviewed and graded by your instructors. You will also post a link to your video that will be used by others in class to learn more about your disease topic. You will use Panopto software to make a video recording of your final disease presentation in PowerPoint and submit on Canvas.
  9. Video Review: You will review the video presentations of three of your peers to learn more about their disease topics. After watching each video you will answer a series of questions about the topic. While you must review three posters, you are welcome to watch as many of these great videos as you like!

No credit will be given if you change your disease-pathogen selection between the time you submit the outline and your final presentation. Make sure you pick a topic you will enjoy researching for the final project.

 

Disease video organization:

All videos will be recorded using Panopto software available to all SPU students. You will prepare your materials as PowerPoint slides that must be organized into the following named sections: 

1) Title: Include title, your name, course name, term, course number, lab section, department and university in a banner format on the first slide. 

2) Abstract: The abstract is a one-paragraph summary of the key points of the presentation. This should be contained entirely on the second slide.

3) The Microbe: Description and highlights of the microbe and its biology. What does it look like? Where is it found in the environment? Provide a brief background of the discovery of the microbe. Describe key virulence/pathogenicity mechanisms that result in disease progression and note how they work to cause disease (e.g. neurotoxin binds to axons to prevent signaling). You may use more than one slide for any of these sections, but the first slide should have the title exactly as shown (e.g The Microbe.)

4) The Disease: Describe the symptoms and temporal progression of the disease. What are the differentials?  Describe any unusual features or sequelae of the disease. Note the manner by which the host defends itself against attack. 

5) Epidemiology: Discussion of the epidemiology (the way the disease is transmitted) of the disease. Include any applicable statistics to put its impact in perspective. Where does the organism live between hosts? Does it have an animal or insect vector? Does it affect other animals? What is its prevalence and incidence? How does it spread? 

6) Clinical identification and treatment: How is the disease diagnosed? How is it identified in the laboratory? What specific tests are used?  Discuss the current treatments and include highlights of any unusual clinical aspects of the disease. 

7) Social implications and current research: You have two options for social implications. 1) select a Non Governmental Organization that is helping manage this disease. Share the website and briefly describe how the organization is working to eradicate the disease, and how you might help. 2) Discuss the relevance and impact of the disease historically and in present times. Highlight relevant moral or ethical issues uncovered in your research on the disease. Regardless of which of these you choose, you must also identify and briefly describe one current research direction being pursued by scientists who work with the disease. 

8) ReferencesA minimum of 5 text references is required. A minimum of three must be dated 2015 or newer (no more than 5 years old) with the remaining two being published 2010 or newer (no more than 10 years old). At least two of your references must be research, clinical, or review articles of at least five pages in length from peer-reviewed journals. At least one of your references must be an SPU library owned Reference source. 

Once you have met the above criteria further sources may also: (1) be selected from the following websites: www.cdc.gov; www.nih.gov; www.nsf.gov; www.who.int; emedicine.medscape.com; www.fda.gov (note that you may only use articles within these sites; links to external sites from within these sites are not acceptable); (2) include additional books, pamphlets, and scientific, review, newspaper and magazine articles. In the text of your poster (as opposed to references for the images you use) you may not cite general encyclopedias (such as Wikipedia), the dictionary (such as Webster’s), or the Bible. Your textbook and generalized Web pages may be used as sources for pictures, figures or diagrams only. 

Use the CSE Citation-Name Superscript format to reference and cite sources, see the Citation Style tab of this subject guide for instructions on this style.  Reference and cite all online resources, websites, ebooks, and online journals according to the specific CSE formatting rules for electronic sources. Font size for the Reference panel may not be smaller than 11 point. With foresight and planning all articles can be obtained through the SPU library and/or interlibrary loan. 

Style: Use 14 to 16 point font so that viewers can easily read the text in your video. Spelling, grammar, presentation, and focus are considered in grading. All figures must have a legend. Creativity, neatness and organization are all factors, however they will not make up for a lack of content. Make sure that Genus is capitalized, while species is not, and that both of them are underlined or italicized - even if you use the abbreviation for Genus (e.g. E. coli). Additional tips for a successful video are: 

  • Bulleted, succinct text is easier to read than lengthy paragraphs. Text should be accurate, dense and concise.
  • Informative and targeted graphs, figures, drawings, illustrations, pictures, and/or tables are critical. As long as proper citation is given these may come from any source: books, the Web, or articles. If no citation is given, it is considered plagiarism.
  • Color scheme, imagination and artistic layout matters to the viewer/reader. Make it enjoyable, neat and inviting. Make it a video that everyone wants to watch.
  • Condense your research to synthesize key points. Accurately and concisely cover all eight of the sections described above.

Microbiology References Table Checklist

Once you have found the resources you plan to cite in the text/body of your video, please check them against this list to make sure they are appropriate for this assignment. Filling out the Microbiology References Table (which will be turned in) will help you determine that you have met these requirements.

  • I have at least 5 references for the text (spoken parts) in my video project AND they
    • meet the date requirements:
      • 3 references are less than 5 years old (publication date of 2015 or newer)
      • 2 references are less than 10 years old (publication date of  2010 or newer)
    • meet the format requirements:
      • 2 references are research, clinical or review article of at least 5 pages in length from peer-reviewed journals
      • 1 reference is from the Reference Books page of this guide
  • Any Internet references used in the text/body of my video come from the approved list.
  • Both in-text citations and references are in CSE (Council of Science Editors) Citation-Name format
  • All images used in your video have a title, description, and citation as outlined in the Citation Style - CSE page of this guide in the vidio itself.  (Additionally, all image references will be included in the Microbiology References Table, but in a separate table on page two of the document - there are two lists to make the references easier for Carrie Fry to grade.)