MCB 2010C: Infectious Disease Project

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Learning Objectives:

At the end of the project, the students should be able to:

1. associate a microbial agent with a disease it causes;

2. describe the microbe in terms of its microscopic morphology, culture characteristics and related properties;

3. cite recommended antimicrobial therapy for the disease under study;

4. cite measures to control and prevent the spread of the disease in the population;

5. present the topic orally in a professional manner.


The class will be divided into 6 groups of 4 or 3 students and assigned a set of representative infectious diseases from each of chapters 19-24. This assignment will be worth a total 25 points.

Each group will choose a topic of interest and research the assigned topic from reliable and accurate sources. Each group will provide a final written report. The due date for the written report is week before videotaped recorded PowerPoint presentation.


1. Each student will pick a disease topic within 6 disease categories, which will be done during the First Day of Class on Zoom.The categories are listed below:

2. The disease topic selected will be thoroughly researched using reliable on-line sources (e.g., .org, or .edu) avoid .com and .net sources.

3. The student will prepare a 15-minute Videotaped PowerPoint Presentation of the disease topic assigned and upload it as a video file under Infectious Disease folder on canvas under modules – Submission following the Symposium Schedule and Deadlines. (Refer to the Detailed Lecture and Lab Schedule)

4. It is important that the student send a draft of the PowerPoint Presentation for instructor review through canvas at least one week before videotaping the presentation and before the scheduled date of the Video Upload and Class Viewing for the final instructions.

Power Point Presentation Content:

PowerPoint should include the following information:

a. Disease topic: name of the disease

b. Name of the presentor: student name and group number.

c. Name of the microbe or infectious agent: using scientific name of the microorganism.

d. Cause of the disease: brief discussion of the physiology of the organism, whether it is bacterial, viral, protozoan etc. and characteristics of the organism, including adhesion, toxin production, and virulence factors.

e. Signs and Symptoms of the disease: brief discussion on how this disease is diagnosed by medical professional and how it can be recognized by the patient.

f.   Transmission of the disease: brief discussion of the mechanism by which this disease is transmitted to humans

g. Treatment of the disease: brief discussion of antibiotics, antivirals, and other therapies used to treat the disease.

h. Prevention of the disease: brief discussion on preventative measures such as vaccines, physical barriers, water treatment, patient management, etc.

i.   Recent outbreaks: Research and describe the most recent outbreaks or incidents of the disease. Describe what measures have been taken recently to control and/or treat the disease.

j.  The history of the disease: Who first discovered the organism?

How did they relate the organism to the disease to the disease it caused? Where did the disease originate? How long has it affected mankind? Compare historical impact of the disease to the current day.

k. Overall global impact of the disease: brief discussion on how this disease affects individuals worldwide. This section could include charts, graphs, and statistical data on your disease.

**Include pertinent images and diagrams to add visual content to the presentation. A short video clip (2 min.) may be embedded.

Discussion Board Participation:

Participation in this project is worth 5 points for each student. Each student is expected in  leading the discussion on the day that the presentation is posted on canvas.

The groups and infectious disease assignments with dates that each topic will be uploaded on Canvas.

Some Other Things to Keep in Mind:

•   Consider the “audience” for your presentation. Assume that you are talking with other students in your Microbiology class. They have a basic understanding of microbiology and science. The video recording should not be overly technical or overly simplistic.

•   Think globally: The disease your organism causes may not cause any problems in the United States due to proper water sanitation, proper vaccinations, or proper treatments, but it may have a major impact in terms of morbidity and mortality in other countries. The information you cite should include data from the United States and around the world.

Infectious Disease Project Topics: Select only from the provided list

(Refer to specific Diseases in Bauman’s textbook, 5th edition)

Group 1 – SKIN INFECTIONS (Chapter 19)

1.  Anthrax

2.  Smallpox

3.  Ringworm (Cutaneous Mycoses)

4.  Leishmaniasis (Baghdad Boil)

5.  Chickenpox/Shingles

6.  Necrotizing Fasciitis

7.  Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

8.  Gas Gangrene


1.  Leprosy

2.  Tetanus

3.  Botulism

4.  Polio

5.  Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease

6.  Meningitis (choose one Bacterial, Viral or Fungal M.)

7.  Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (Naegleria fowleri)

8.  African Sleeping Sickness (Trypanosomiasis)


1.  Plague

2.  Lyme Disease

3.  Infectious Mononucleosis

4.  Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever

5.  Ebola/Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever

6.  Malaria

7.  Toxoplasmosis

8.  Hepatitis B or C


1.  Influenza

2.  Pneumonia (choose one Streptococcal or Mycoplasmal)

3.  Pneumocystis carinii/jerovici Pneumonia (PCP)

4.  Tuberculosis

5.  Diphtheria

6.  Pertussis

7.  Pharyngitis

8.  COVID-19


1.  Bacterial Diarrhea (choose Salmonellosis, Shigellosis)

2.  Clostridium difficile Enterocolitis

3.  Cholera

4.  Viral gastroenteritis (Rotavirus, Norovirus)

5.  Hepatitis A

6.  Protozoal diseases (choose Amebiasis, Giardiasis, Cyclosporiasis)

7.  Helminthic diseases (choose Tapeworm, Pinworm, Hookworm diseases)

8.  Bloody Diarrhea (E. coli 0157:H7)


1.  Human Papilloma (HPV) Infections

2.  Syphilis

3.  Gonorrhea

4.  Chlamydia

5.  Genital Herpes

6.  Trichomoniasis

7.  Bacterial vaginosis

8.  Candidal vaginitis (Yeast infection)

NOTE: Your selected topic should be approved by your instructor before proceeding with your research and presentation.

Infectious Disease Project Grading Sheet

Name of the Presenters:                                                                                    

Infectious Disease Topic:                                                                                 

•   Videotaped Presentation – Peer Review

o Content/Coverage of topic: /1

o Interesting/ Quality of presentation: /1

o Ability to answer questions:  /1

(Questions answered satisfactorily in Discussion Board?)

o Use of interesting and appropriate visuals: /1

o Preparation (overall preparation) : /1

•   Power Point Presentation – Professor’s Assessment

o Each section thoroughly researched and presented: /10 (presentation content)

o Quality of video presentation/discussion: /4

o Editing: (meeting with instructor before the recording) :/2

o Citations and Reference Page:  /4

TOTAL POINTS:                                                                                                     /25 points


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