HIV Disease and Complications and Immunodeficiency (former Chapter 28) material has been incorporated into appropriate chapters throughout the text. This allows the material to be discussed when more applicable.
Connect Question Bank – more images have been incorporated into questions found in Connect Question Bank.
Instructors manual include an Overview, Learning Outcomes, and answer keys will be provided.
Text is readable and accessible for students - easier to comprehend yet still maintains an appropriately rigorous level of science. For example, general vocabulary and reading level are simplified so that students can focus on learning about microbiology and the complex scientific terminology that is required.
Art is vibrant, 3-dimensional, and instructional. Colors and shapes have consistency throughout and make all art more engaging and useful (for students and instructors). The art program is a great learning tool for students!
Learning outcomes begin each major section. They are numbered to tightly correlate to digital course material. Instructors will be able to successfully measure student learning as it relates specifically to the learning outcomes.
ConnectPlus Microbiology for Nester's 8e allows instructors and students to use art and animations from the text for assignments and lectures. Instructors now have access to a variety of new resources including assignable and gradable case study activities, LearnSmart, animation learning modules and more. The media rich eBook allows students to do full text searches, add notes and highlights, and access their instructor's shared notes and highlights.
Figure Questions offer another assessment opportunity for students. Most figures have critical thinking questions associated with them.
All major diseases are represented with a summary table that includes an outline of pathogenesis keyed to a human figure showing the entry and exit of the pathogen.
Each of the disease chapters ends with a Diseases in Review summary table that pulls together key information for students. This gives them one place to find the diseases, their causative agents, any critical information and reference to the page where the disease's summary table is found.
MicroBytes are found throughout the chapters. These are small "bytes" of interesting information to engage students.
Perspective boxes introduce a “human” perspective by showing how microorganisms and their products influence our lives in a myriad of different ways.
Many chapters end with a pending challenge (Future Challenges) facing microbiologists and future microbiologists.
Over 100 animations have been developed on key microbiological processes for instructors and students. Students can now quiz themselves over each animation, receive automatic feedback on correct/incorrect answers, and then submit their answers to their instructors for grading. A special icon helps correlate over 100 total animations to the figures in the text. These animations are also available as downloadable content for portable players!
There is incomparable treatment of diseases. Each Disease is presented systematically and predictably. Individual sections describe the disease’s symptoms, causative agents, pathogenesis, epidemiology, and prevention and treatment.
Chapters are organized to prepare students for great foundation. They include Key Terms, Learning Outcomes, and MicroAssessments that summarize the major concepts in that section and offer both review questions and critical thinking questions.
Each chapter opens with a Glimpse of History which is an engaging story about the men and women who pioneered the field of microbiology.
Figures Unique to Nester! This edition contains figures addressing fundamental concepts that no other book has!