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Now all Part I lectures are on the e-learning site!

Saturday 27 October, 2007

Finally, all Part I lectures (Chapters 2-7) are now on the e-learning platform (click here).

The site is relatively easy to use and browse; however, it is a bit different from forums and blogs, that’s why some of you may not find it familiar. Below are some tips to help you find your way between the courses:

  • When you go to the site, you have to create a username and a password. These are general for the whole system and not for a particular course. There are many courses and there will be more as time progresses. Only few courses are directed to you (for now, it’s the Basic Microbiology and Immunology, and the Practical Micro courses). You can be a member of each course by enrolling to it. Even if you already have a username and password for the whole site, you might need to enroll to each course independently.
  • Some courses are open for guest access but others are only for those enrolled to it. Sometimes enrollment is open to every user, and sometimes it requires an “enrollment key.” If so, request an enrollment key from the teacher. Why all this? Because some courses may be special workshops directed only to some participants and because in some courses, there is a grading system, so only enrolled students can get grades.
  • Why enroll if you can access as a guest? Even when guest access is available, enrollment will offer you additional privileges:
    • you can chat online with other students or with teachers.
    • you can post discussions to forums.
    • you can submit assignments and participate in online quizzes (if any).
    • you can create groups of students and do some group activities.

Below are the steps to register to the e-learning site (copied from the site’s welcome page) and to start enjoying it:

  1. Fill out the New Account form with your details.
  2. An email will be immediately sent to your email address.
  3. Read your email, and click on the web link it contains.
  4. Your account will be confirmed and you will be logged in.
  5. Now, select the course you want to participate in.
  6. If you are prompted for an “enrollment key” – use the one that your teacher has given you. This will “enroll” you in the course.
  7. You can now access the full course. From now on you will only need to enter your personal username and password to log in and access any course you have enrolled in.

خطوات التسجيل في موقع التعلّم الإلكتروني واستخدام المقررات:

١) املأ نموذج حساب جديد.
٢) على الفور تصلك رسالة على عنوانك البريدي.
٣) قم بقراءة البريد واضغط على الرابطة الموجودة به.
٤) سيتم تأكيد اشتراكك ويسمح لك بالدخول.
٥) والآن قم باختيار المقرر الدراسي الذي ترغب المشاركة فيه.
٦) من الآن فصاعدا يمكنك الدخول عن طريق إدخال اسم المستخدم وكلمة المرور ، وتستطيع الاتصال الكامل المقرر الدراسي ، وتصل إلى أي مقرر دراسي تريد التسجيل به.
٧) إذا طلب منك ”مفتاح التسجيل” – استخدم المفتاح الذي أعطاه لك المدرس. هذا سيجعلك ”تشارك” في المقرر الدراسي. لا حظ أن كل مقرر دراسي قد يكون له أيضا “مفتاح تسجيل” ستحتاج إليه لاحقا.

Week 2-3 lectures (Part I- Chapters 2-3) now online

Saturday 6 October, 2007

Dr. Aymen Yassin has released the online version of his lectures as online PowerPoint presentations. You can browse these lectures and review all the slides that were presented in the lecture room. Obviously, the purpose of putting these slides online is to provide you with the color figures and to let you take notes if you have missed a slide or two. However, they are not handouts or summaries and are NOT lecture notes (Don’t print them as your study tool!) Always resort to the book, or–better–to your own notes taken during the lecture and matched with info in the book.

How to access the lectures?

Well, the lectures will permanently be a part of the online course that will be coming out very soon next week on There is one trick: you will need a password! Temporarily, you may access them following the links below. You will be asked to enter a username and password (these may be changed every week or two).

The username is:
The password is the answer to the following question (one word- small letters):
What is the third domain of life discovered by Carl Woese? (pay attention to the spelling)

Chapter2: Classification and Identification of Microbes

Chapter 3: Structure of the Prokaryotic Cell.

If you have any problems with reading the text, or if some characters are scrambled, make sure you set your broswer’s encoding to Unicode (UTF-8) (how?)

Good luck!

Sep 25 microbiology lecture: Learning objectives and review questions

Tuesday 25 September, 2007

This week, lectures 3 and 4 of your course are about:
Classification and Identification of Microbes.
(Part1/Chapter 2 in your book)

The following are the learning objectives for this lecture. Use them as review questions to guide you through your study. They tell you what is more important in this chapter… Feel free to suggest more questions and to ask for details in the comments section. Please include your name and student# if you wish follow-up on your questions.

Note: The learning objectives are mainly taken from Bauman’s Microbiology which is one of the textbooks I use to prepare your lectures.

Learning Objectives/ Review Questions:

* Define binomial nomenclature.
* Discuss the purposes of classification and identification of organisms.
* Discuss the difficulties in defining species of microorganisms.
* Describe the historical attempts to classify living organisms.
* List and describe the three domains proposed by Carl Woese.
* Compare and contrast fungi, algae, and plants
* Compare and contrast bacteria and archaea.
* Mention the main differences between rickettsiae, chlamidiae, and mycoplasma.
* Mention the different bacterial shapes.
* Mention the differences between spirochaetes and spirilla.
* Discuss whether viruses are living organisms.
* Describe how viruses and prions propagate.

If you can answer the above questions, you know it all!

Diagnostic Virology Prelab: Lecture Notes (March 19)

Monday 19 March, 2007

It’s never too late.
Here are the Diagnostic Virology lecture notes, released few hours before the first lab section of this week.

The notes are available for all. You need no password. I put the lecture notes in two sizes:
1) A “regular” size: 4 pages (PDF file)
2) A “smaller” size: 2 pages (PDF file- same everything, but the font is smaller and the lines are less spaced)

Because PCR is a very important technique and because some of you want to understand it better, I put some more information about PCR in an appendix (PDF file). Obviously, information in this appendix is not for memorization and will not be a part in the exam (to calm down exam-oriented students) but only for those who want to read and learn.

– Please, give me feedback on these lecture notes. Are they clear? long? short? too brief? too detailed? Also please let me know if you find any spelling (or scientific) mistake!

Protected: Enterobacteriaceae (I) Prelab Lecture Notes [To view, use the password provided in the lecture]

Wednesday 14 March, 2007

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