Microorganism Profile Assignment  Purpose:  The purpose of the project is to enhance student understanding of the concepts of microbiology and how microorganisms interact with their host by applying these concepts to a specific microorganism and to serve as an artifact showing that students have demonstrated achieving the competency on scientific literacy.  General Education Competency 6 states: Learners will gain the ability to read with understanding scientific content and engage in dialogue about scientific issues.  Introduction: The Microorganism Project requires the ability to understand and apply scientific knowledge that you acquire both inside and outside the microbiology classroom. You will construct a comprehensive profile of a microorganism that you are assigned by the faculty using the worksheet below.  This microorganism is a pathogen that you may encounter in your nursing career.  As you progress through the worksheet, you will be asked to fill in blanks, complete tables, and provide written explanations in your own words.  All written answers are expected to meet accepted standards for grammar, syntax, and punctuation.  Proper microbiology terminology is also expected.  The completed worksheet is to be submitted electronically via the Assignment Drop Box in Canvas.  The Big Picture: As you progress through this course, you will acquire information in a sequential, topic-specific manner. Each topic will include information that is relevant to this assignment.  For example, the knowledge you gain from the lesson on bacterial cell morphology will be applied to the first worksheet topic, “Cell Morphology and Growth Requirements.”  Your answers are expected to include information from sources that go beyond the textbook or classroom.  Examples include peer-reviewed journal articles, interviews with clinicians who deal with microbes on a daily basis, personal experiences, and other reputable sources.  You are expected to clearly understand the meaning of each topic before you construct your answer.  For example, you are expected to know the meaning of “epidemiology” and to understand the topics that are connected to it.  Don’t forget to read and understand the rubric before you start.  Refer to it often: it will help guide you through the process.  Your pathogen profile will cover the following topics:  1. Description of the Microorganism 2. Virulence Factors 3. Immunity 4. Infectious Disease Information 5. Epidemiology 6. Presentations 7. Prevention 8. Treatment 9. Clinical Relevance 10. References


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