Please make note of the bacteria I've chosen which is C. dificile and H-pyloric. This assignment also requires an outline with a bacteria key.

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M4A1: Create Your Own Bacterial Key

Throughout the previous modules you have gained information on the methods used to
distinguish different bacteria from one another. This activity serves to reinforce the concepts
associated with biochemical tests, help you learn the metabolic strategies associated with
individual or groups of bacteria, and strengthen your understanding of basic morphological
differences. For this assignment, you are to choose one (1) of the groups, either A)
oral/respiratory tract pathogens and commensals, or B) urogenital pathogens and commensals
or C) gastrointestinal tract pathogens and commensals, and develop a key based on
differential staining and culturing, morphology and the suite of biochemical tests
available to identify bacteria.

C. dificile

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Helicobacter pylori

M4A2: Project 1

Background
You are the science reporter for your local newspaper. Your editor asks you to write an article on
a major topic within the general field of microbiology. He stipulates that in this article you need to
include the following three things:
1. An historical timeline for the major scientific discoveries that has led to our
current understanding of the topic.
2. A summary of our current understanding of the topic.
3. A projection of where the next major advance or breakthrough in your topic will
come from.
Description
For project 1 you will do your background research. Specifically, you will choose a suitable topic,
identify appropriate resources, and generate a brief outline of the article which you will write for
Project 2. Your topic must fall under the following subheadings:
1.

Microbiology and human health

2.

Microbiology and the environment

3.

Microbiology and agriculture

4.

Microbiology and industry

Procedure
1. Consult your textbook to choose a topic under one of the four subheadings listed
above. For example, from the area Microbiology and industry, you might examine
the use of organisms by the alcoholic beverage industry. More specifically, are
you interested in wine and the grapes that produce it? You could investigate the
actions of a fungus called “noble rot” or the cultures involved in the fermentation
of the grapes. [Need help choosing a topic?]
2. Once your receive instructor approval, do some background research on your
topic to get more familiar with it. Using the Credo Reference and/or Britannica
Online: Academic Edition databases, find 1-2 articles/encyclopedia entries
on your topic that will help you complete your Project 2 article
3. Now that you have some grounding in your topic, find 5-6 peer-reviewed
research articles that will help you complete your Project 2 article using the
Library’s OneSearch tool. OneSearch is found on the Library’s homepage. Watch
the OneSearch Tips video for assistance getting started. [Note: In OneSearch
you can limit your results to peer-reviewed journals.]
4. You should now have a total of at
Project 2 article.

least 7 sources to use for your

5. After reading the sources, think of the main points that you will cover and develop
an outline
outline?]

for your Project 2 article. [Need help writing an

6. In a single Word document, submit your outline and list of at least 7 sources
(references) in APA format and place it in the appropriate assignment dropbox.
[Need help with APA format?]
For additional information on how your work will be graded, go to the School of Liberal Arts
Writing Rubric.

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Min Pages: 3 
Max Pages: 5 
Level of Detail: Show all work 
Other Requirements: pls see above