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Carolina Distance Learning: Microbiology Labs

The Carolina Distance Learning® lab kit, created specifically for college-level microbiology, includes models, specimens, apparatus, safety equipment, and more. This kit, combined with Odigia’s Teaching and Learning Tools, is everything you need to engage, collaborate, track and assess your students. Starting at $134.00 per student.

 This course includes:

 Digital Learning and Teaching Tools

 Effective Hands-On Lab Kits

Customizable Assessments 

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Carolina Distance Learning: Microbiology Labs

Lab Kits Available in Odigia:

Aseptic Technique and Use of Media - $0.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Explain and apply the aseptic practices used for microbiology experiments
  • Identify potential sources of contamination
  • Apply techniques used for establishing microbial growth with liquid and solid media

Isolation Streak Plate Technique - $0.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Describe the difference between a mixed culture and a pure culture
  • Perform the isolation streak plate technique to obtain pure cultures from a mixture
  • Define the term microbial colony and explain why a colony is a pure culture

Kirby-Bauer Method - $10.50

During this lab, students will:

  • Describe the different categories of antimicrobial drugs
  • Explain the modes of action of antimicrobial drugs and mechanisms of resistance
  • Test the effectiveness of two different antibacterial drugs against two common bacterial species
  • Perform and interpret the Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion technique of antimicrobial drug susceptibility testing

Lysozyme - $2.75

During this lab, students will:

  • Describe the body’s lines of defense against pathogenic microbes, including the contribution of lysozyme
  • Examine the antibacterial action of lysozyme
  • Explain why lysozyme is effective against some, but not all, bacteria

Evaluation of Antiseptics and Disinfectants - $16.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Differentiate between disinfectants, antiseptics, and sterilizing agents
  • Describe factors that can affect the action of antimicrobial agents
  • Determine the effective concentrations of specific disinfectants and antiseptics

Biochemical Tests in Microbiology - $12.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Perform three of the most commonly used biochemical tests for bacterial identification
  • Describe how TSI medium fermentation, the oxidase test, and the catalase test work, and interpret results of these tests

Use of Selective and Differential Media - $7.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Explain how media can be selective and/or differential, and provide examples
  • Observe and interpret interactions between bacteria and selective and differential media
  • Explain how selective and differential media may be used to identify and isolate different bacterial groups

Hand Washing Techniques - $14.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Understand the risk of improper sanitation to your environment and to the experiment
  • Determine the ways contamination can spread
  • Identify proper hand sanitation techniques
  • Apply the principles of proper hand washing

Estimating Microbial Population Size - $13.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Explain the mechanism for exponential growth of bacterial populations
  • Describe different techniques used to estimate microbial population size
  • Perform a serial dilution of a bacterial sample
  • Determine the number of bacteria in an original culture using a standard plate count
  • Visualize differences in bacterial population density and growth over time using a turbidity test

The Effect of pH on Microbial Growth - $17.50

During this lab, students will:

  • Explain the basis of the pH scale and use it to describe microbial environments
  • Differentiate among acidophiles, neutrophiles, and alkaliphiles
  • Observe the pH range under which specific bacterial species are able to grow, and determine the approximate optimal pH for each

The Effect of pH on Microbial Growth - $17.50

During this lab, students will:

  • Explain the basis of the pH scale and use it to describe microbial environments
  • Differentiate among acidophiles, neutrophiles, and alkaliphiles
  • Observe the pH range under which specific bacterial species are able to grow, and determine the approximate optimal pH for each

The Effect of Water Activity and Osmotic Pressure on Microbial Growth - $22.50

During this lab, students will:

  • Associate solute concentration, osmotic pressure, tonicity, and water activity in aqueous solutions
  • Describe a microbe’s environment in terms of water activity and osmotic pressure
  • Manipulate the solute concentration of the microbial environment and assess the effect on growth

Food Microbiology: Creating Yogurt - $13.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Describe the principles of microbe use in food production and the effect of nutrients on microbial growth
  • Explain how bacterial fermentation creates yogurt from milk
  • Report the changes in pH and consistency associated with the transformation of milk into yogurt

ELISA Simulation - $30.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Describe antibody structure and function
  • Understand the basic principles of an ELISA
  • Explore how an ELISA can be utilized as either a quantitative or qualitative tool
  • Examine how an ELISA can be used as a diagnostic tool

Bacterial Morphology Virtual Lab - $2.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Differentiate between a cell and a colony
  • Identify bacterial cell shapes and arrangements
  • Describe colonies in terms of their morphology

Staining Virtual Lab - $2.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Describe how bacteria are prepared for staining
  • Explain why microbiologists stain bacterial cells
  • Recognize the chemical basis of staining and describe the different categories of stains
  • Identify different types of stains and explain how they reveal different characteristics of bacterial cells

Bacterial Shapes - $7.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Describe the three most common bacterial shapes, and list common characteristics and examples of each
  • Identify the three most common bacterial shapes under microscopic examination

Introduction to Graphing Dry Lab - $0.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Create graphs from data sets, both by hand and electronically
  • Analyze the data in the graphs
  • Compare the slope of trendlines to interpret the results of an experiment

Combine these labs with our comprehensive Microbiology content to create a complete digital learning
experience for your students.

TESTIMONIALS

I needed a customized lab kit that would flow seamlessly with the course content and the investigations needed to be easy for students to follow and complete.

Dr. Kelley Flaherty

Assistant Professor of Biology, Alderson-Broaddus University

Students have told me how much they enjoy doing the labs and how the labs help them learn the material and do well in the class.

Dr. Jennifer McCall

Lecturer of Biology & Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Carolina Distance Learning® develops and manufactures lab kits that are designed specifically for college-level distance education. These kits provide the same rigor, relevance, and results as traditional labs, giving your online students a successful lab experience wherever you are.

Odigia provides digital learning and teaching tools that enhance the way students and instructors access, modify, and engage with content, collaborate with each other during the course, track progress and understanding of content, and ultimately apply knowledge.

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