New to this edition: Every disease table (in disease chapters) now contains national and worldwide epidemiological information for each causative agent.
Chapter-opening Case Files for the 4th edition are all brand new! Help engage students in the content by helping them see how it applies to real life. The Continuing the Case boxes will help students follow the real-world applications of the chapter-opening Case File and appreciate and understand how microbiology impacts our lives on a daily bases. The solutions, or "wrap-ups" appear later at the end of the chapter, after the necessary elements have been presented.
End of chapter content is now tagged to the ASM Curricular standards in addition to Bloom's taxonomy. Assess your students' progress using this content in print or online and collect data on performance by level of difficulty or ASM's national standards.
Multiple Choice and True-False Questions (Knowledge and Comprehension), and Critical Thinking Questions (Application and Analysis) precede the Synthesis-level Visual Understanding Questions (supplies a photo or a graphic that students have already seen, along with a thought-provoking question) and Concept Mapping Exercises (asks students to organise information in meaningful forms).
Questions in the last two categories use images or content from previous chapters and pose queries that require students to combine knowledge from the new chapter with the knowledge they already have from an earlier one, supporting the book's theme of “making connections.”
Jennifer Herzog from Herkimer County Community College continues to add value to the team as our digital author. Jen has worked hand-in-hand with textbook author Kelly Cowan, creating online tools that truly complement and enhance the book's content. She ensured that all key topics in the book have interactive, engaging activities spanning levels of Bloom's taxonomy, and tied to Learning Outcomes in the book. Instructors can assign material based on what they cover in class, assess their students on the Learning Outcomes, and run reports indicating individual and/or class performance on a variety of data. WE are so excited to offer you a robust digital learning program, tied to learning outcomes and ASM standards, to enhance your lecture and lab, whether you run a traditional, hybrid or fully online course.
McGraw-Hill ConnectPlus Microbiology is a digital teaching and learning environment that saves students and instructors time while improving performance over a variety of critical outcomes.
Diagnosing Infections. Unique among microbiology textbooks, Chapter 17 brings together in one place the methods used to diagnose infectious diseases. It starts with collecting samples from the patient, and details the biochemical, serological and molecular methods used to identify causative microbes.
Uniquely designed and highly organized in nature, the chapters on infectious diseases (18 – 23) correspond to the different body systems. Within each chapter, the infectious agents are categorised in a unique and logical manner based on the presenting symptoms in the patient. Thus, the content is presented to show how diseases affect patients—the way that future healthcare professionals need to learn.
Over 100 animations on key microbiological processes are available to instructors and students. Instructors can assign Animation quizzes in Connect where students can receive automatic feedback on correct/incorrect answers.
Every Chapter opens with an Outline and a list of Learning Outcomes. Assessment questions conclude each major section of the text. Learning Outcomes are tightly correlated to digital course material. Instructors are able to successfully measure student learning as it relates specifically to the learning outcomes.