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Antibiotic Resistance of Bacterial Soil Isolates and Biofilm Production

Author(s): Stephanie Mathews1, Danielle Graham2

1. North Carolina State University 2. Fayetteville State Univesity

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In this lesson, learners will hear about research that focuses on bacterial antibiotic resistance and biofilm production. Students will see how antibiotic resistance is measured and interpret a graph measuring biofilm production of these bacterial…

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In this lesson, learners will hear about research that focuses on bacterial antibiotic resistance and biofilm production. Students will see how antibiotic resistance is measured and interpret a graph measuring biofilm production of these bacterial soil isolates. Then, learners view and reflect on an interview with microbiology researcher Dr. Danielle Graham, who collected the data that they interpreted.

Description

This lesson was designed for the Biologists and Graph Interpretation (BioGraphI) Faculty Mentoring Network, an online professional development community. Target learner level is undergraduate students in a 200 or 300 level microbiology course. The materials here include an instructor guide (1_LessonGuide_Antibiotic Resistance of Bacterial Soil Isolates and Biofilm Production), presentation slide deck (Google slides; 2_PresentationSlides_Antibiotic Resistance of Bacterial Soil Isolates and Biofilm Production), a link to the interview with Dr. Graham, (3_BioGraphI Interview_Antibiotic Resistance of Bacterial Soil Isolates and Biofilm Production), the video transcript (4_Transcript_Antibiotic Resistance of Bacterial Soil Isolates and Biofilm Production), assessment questions (5_Assessment Questions_Antibiotic Resistance of Bacterial Soil Isolates and Biofilm Production), and a reflection prompt with grading rubic (6_ReflectionPrompt_Antibiotic Resistance of Bacterial Soil Isolates and Biofilm Production).

Content learning objectives

  • Predict the effect of antibiotics and immunity on bacterial growth.
  • Explain how improper antibiotic use can lead to an increase in resistance in a bacterial population
  • Apply microbiological knowledge to the analysis of the current of antibiotic resistance.

Quantitative learning objectives

  • Interpret graphs and/or data figures related to the concepts from this lesson 
  • Reflect on your perceptions about using graphs or figures in biology.

Diversity/equity/inclusion learning objectives

  • Reflect on your perceptions of people who do biology.
  • Compare your own interests and/or identities to those of people who do biology.

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