Required and Offered Courses:

Pathogenic Bacteriology (MICR 6315) — Summer

Course Directors

Ashok Chopra, PhD, CSc 
MRB Bldg. Rm 3.102
Ext. 70578

Vladimir Motin, PhD
Keiller, Room 3.148
Ext. 23155

Course Coordinator

Aneth Zertuche 
MRB, Room 4.102
Ext. 22322


Recommended: Bacterial Pathogenesis, A Molecular Approach, 3rd Edition. Brenda A. Wilson, Abigail A. Salyers, Dixie D. Whitt, Malcolm E. Winkler. ASM Press, 2010. Available for rental at Amazon.

Helpful Web Resources

Download this free eBook collection of #JBacteriology minireviews on Bacterial Pathogenesis and Interactions with the Host at:

Course Format

Three one-hour lectures per week, four Journal Clubs spread throughout the semester, and critical thinking classes (5% of grade)

Location: Levin Hall 3.320

Exam I: 9 AM to 12 Noon
Exam II: 9 AM to 12 Noon
Final Exam: 9 AM to 12 Noon

Exam Policies

There are no make-up examinations. All examinations are in class, closed book/notes. Examinations are three hours.


The final grade for the course will be determined by performance in the following components:

  1. Exams I, II and II: 90%
  2. Critical Thinking: 5%
  3. Journal Club Participation: 5%
  4. Completion of Evaluation Forms*

Grading may be subject to change at the discretion of the course co-directors. Grades will be determined using the GSBS grading scale:

90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
69 or below = F

*Students are strongly encouraged to complete an overall course evaluation form at the end of the term. The constructive comments and critiques will remain anonymous and will be released to the course directors after all the grades are finalized.

Excused Absences

Attending all classes scheduled is required, including lectures etc. Excused absences must be obtained in advance. Contact the course directors for absences. If absences are excused, appropriate make-up work will be provided for students at the discretion of the course directors.

Students missing more than 10% of class (2 hours for a 1-credit hour course, 4 hours for a 2-credit, 5 hours for a 3-credit, 7 hours for a 4-credit) will reduce your overall course grade.

The course directors must notify the Graduate School Student Affairs Dean once a student misses 3 days. Arrival 10 minutes into the lecture will constitute an absence. You are allowed 1 unexcused absence. Two unexcused absences will result in loss of 5% of the final grade. No participation points will be awarded if a journal club or critical thinking discussion is missed.

Professional Etiquette

Please come to class prepared, ready to participate, and on time. Class begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and students will not be allowed to enter the room once the lecture has begun. To ensure an environment for constructive academic dialogue, the use of electronic devices (e.g. laptops, cell phones, MP3 players) is not allowed during class time.


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