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Course Description and Required Lecture Materials

Fall 2022 Semester

(August 22, 2022)

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ASM Recommended

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Course Description

The following description of BIOL 3702 is taken from the YSU eBulletin:

Fundamentals of the biology of microbes. The principles of microbial structure, function, reproduction, metabolism, genetics, phylogeny, host-parasite relationships, and immunity. Three hours lecture.
Prereq.: BIOL 2601 or BIOL 2603 and concurrent enrollment in BIOL 3702L.

As designed, the BIOL 3702 lecture provides an educational experience focused upon the rudimentary concepts of microbiology as well as their practical application.  BIOL 3702 not only prepares students for more advanced courses in the microbiological sciences, but also provide knowledge essential to many diverse careers in biology, e.g., biotechnology, biomedical research, etc.  These courses also serve students desiring a career in medicine, dentistry, podiatry, etc. 

Students enrolled in BIOL 3702 must concurrently enroll in a laboratory section, BIOL 3702L.  The laboratory component of this BIOL 3702 is an integral part of Microbiology.  A separate web page exists for materials required by students enrolled in the traditional laboratory section (BIOL 3702L).

General Information

This page describes the materials needed by students to be successful in the lecture portion of this course.  YSU encourages students to purchase all course materials through the Youngstown State University Official Bookstore.  However, students are always encouraged to comparison shop for required course materials.  If a student does purchase the required materials from another vendor, BE CERTAIN TO PURCHASE THE CORRECT MATERIALS.  See the pertinent details below.

Please note, students must possess the required course materials by the end of the first week of class or face significant achievement barriers.

Lecture Materials

Laptop Computer/Tablet:  Students are required to have access to a laptop computer or electronic tablet and are strongly encouraged to bring it to lecture.  The laptop/tablet will be used for interacting with CONNECT, this course’s electronic learning platform (see below), for taking exams and quizzes, doing homework, accessing lectures and documents, etc. 

Most students already possess their own tablet or laptop computer.  The type, model, etc., is not critically important.  What is important is that it be able to easily connect to the YSU’s WiFi system and be relatively efficient (i.e., not a “chugger” when it comes to downloading information).  If a student is concerned that their laptop or tablet is not operating efficiently or effectively, it is recommended that the YSU IT Services Desk be consulted. 

Please take note of the following: Information regarding the software/hardware requirements for CONNECT can be found at the highlighted link.  In addition, all exams and other selected assessments will be taken via Proctorio, an add-on system designed to monitor student activity during an assessment.  Your laptop MUST be Proctorio enabled.  See the essential Proctorio requirements at the highlighted link.

However, not all students may own a laptop or tablet that meets the above requirements.  There is a solution for such students.  Should a student not have a suitable laptop or tablet, nor can afford to purchase one, the YSU’s Information Technologies Services (ITS) has a laptop loan program for students.  However, there will be limited number available.  A student needing this service is strongly encouraged to contact ITS as soon as practical.  A loaner request can be made at the following web page: https://ysu.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/2000/Portal/Requests/ServiceDet?ID=43861. 

CONNECT Subscription.  For both the lecture and laboratory sections of this course, students are required to purchase a CONNECT subscription associated with the required textbook.  This subscription is part of a student’s First-Day Ready program of the YSU Bookstore, unless the student opted out of this program.  Hence, most students should be able to immediately access CONNECT.

The subscription, which is valid throughout the semester and slightly beyond, will be used to supplement student learning, provide assessment of student learning, and enhance laboratory experiences.  Moreover, the subscription comes with the eBook version of the required text.  Should a student desire a “hard copy” of the textbook, the First-Day Ready package permits students to purchase a paper version of the text for a significantly reduced price.  Alternatively, the CONNECT subscription provides the opportunity to rent a copy.

If a student opted out of the First-Day Ready program, the CONNECT subscription can be purchased directly by accessing the course site (https://connect.mheducation.com/class/c-cooper-fall-2022-mwf-1000-am).  Alternatively, a temporary 14-day subscription can be obtained if circumstances do not permit immediate purchase of the subscription.  Instructions for temporary access can be found at the following URL: https://mhedu.force.com/CXG/s/article/What-is-Temporary-Access.

TAKE NOTE: This course shall use the program Proctorio for some quizzes and all examinations.  The Chrome browser is required for using Proctorio, which is a proctoring system embedded with CONNECT.  This program will monitor a student’s activity while taking a quiz, examination, etc.  However, despite my continuing semester-to-semester request, the cost of this program may not have been included in the First-Day Ready Program.  Therefore, as a student logs into CONNECT for taking a proctored exam/quiz for the first time, a pop-up screen will appear prompting the student to pay for Proctorio.  The cost is $15.00 and can be paid by credit card.  Please be prepared to do so.

Again, please note that the Chrome browser is required for Proctorio assignments.  However, if desired, other browsers can be used with CONNECT for non-Proctorio assignments.

For information regarding Proctorio support, go to https://proctorio.com/support.

If a student is not familiar with CONNECT, once registered with this electronic education platform, the student should use the “help” section to get an overview of how it functions.  The link for the “help” section will be revealed by clicking the student’s name at the top left corner of the CONNECT learning platform. 


For technical issues, please contact the CONNECT Customer Experience Group for support either online or via telephone at 800.331.5094 (toll-free).  The telephone support hours (all Eastern Time) are:


Sundays, 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Mondays through Thursdays, 24 hours/day

Fridays, 12:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM


Students can also seek support via their CONNECT subscription.  In addition, when a student contacts CONNECT support, Dr. Cooper suggests that the student request the support team to send him an email to verify any problems and possible solutions.

SPECIAL NOTE: For help regarding any technical problems with the CONNECT subscription, DO NOT ASK DR. COOPER.  He can only address those issues with assignment deadlines, assignments not yet posted, or similar circumstances.  For help with a technical issue, please contact the CONNECT Customer Experience Group as indicated in the shaded box above.

To clarify, Dr. Cooper is not responsible for software issues, power outages, loss of internet connection, computer freezes, etc., that may occur during the use of CONNECT.  To avoid some of these issues, take note of the following suggestions:

1)     When possible, particularly for quizzes and exams, use the on-campus internet connection which tends to be reliably stable.

2)     When moving from one campus location to another, it is suggested that the computer be shut down prior to arrival at the location where CONNECT will be accessed, then re-boot the computer prior to opening the CONNECT learning platform. 

Course Textbook

Prescott’s Microbiology (12th ed.) by Willey et al. (2022) is the official edition of the textbook for this course.  As noted above, an electronic copy (eBook) of this textbook is included in the CONNECT subscription.  For whatever reasons, if a student incorporates a different edition of Prescott’s Microbiology in their studies for this course, Dr. Cooper is in no way responsible for any for material differences or correlations between editions.  Historically, though, the prior edition of the textbook has been used for Advanced Microbiology (BIOL 5840) and Environmental Microbiology (BIOL 4801) courses at YSU.  If students are inclined to take either of these courses, the purchase of a hard copy of Prescott’s Microbiology (12th ed.) may be beneficial.

Lecture Notes

Lecture notes are a privilege, not a right, nor are they required.  Nonetheless, Dr. Cooper usually makes PDF copies of his PowerPoint lecture slides freely available to students.  These PDF documents can be accessed through the “Files” section of the CONNECT learning platform associated with this course.  They are saved with the general file name of “3702ChX”, where “X” is the chapter number.  At times, the notes may not be available until just prior to lecture, but Dr. Cooper will do his best to notify students via email regarding recent postings of lecture notes.  Also, students should consider the ecological impact of printing lecture notes.  

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