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ISBN: 9780073522524 / 007352252X
Division: Higher Education
Pub Date: FEB-11
Pages: 880

Copyright: 2012
Edition: 3
Format: Hardback
Microbiology: A Systems Approach

Marjorie Kelly Cowan


About the book

Microbiology: A Systems Approach is a microbiology text for non-science/allied health majors with a body systems approach to the disease chapters. It has become known for its engaging writing style, instructional art program and focus on active learning. We are so excited to offer a robust learning program with student-focused learning activities, allowing the student to manage their learning while you easily manage their assessment. Detailed reports show how your assignments measure various learning objectives from the book (or input your own!), levels of Bloom's Taxonomy or other categories, and how your students are doing. The Cowan Learning program will save you time and improve your students' success in this course.

Users who purchase Connect Plus receive access to the full online ebook version of the textbook.

Key features

  • 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 organize 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."
  • Case Files now have a Continuing the Case part that is placed in the chapter next to relevant content. These 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. Nearly all Case Files in the third edition are new, including hot microbiological topics that are making the news today.
  • ConnectPlus Microbiology for Cowan 3/e 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, concept mapping tools, 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.

    LearnSmart: This unparalleled intelligent learning system is based on cognitive mapping that diagnoses your students' knowledge of a particular subject then creates an individualised learning path for them. Assigned by you, or used by students as a study tool, the results are automatically recorded in a grade book.

    “Flex” Art: Choose key figures from the text—take them apart and build them back during lecture so students can understand one step at a time. All art from the text is available with editable labels.

    Digital Lecture Capture: Tegrity Campus is a service that allows class time to be any time by automatically capturing every lecture in a searchable video format for students to review at their convenience. With a simple one-click process, you can capture all computer screens and corresponding audio. Students may replay any part of your class with simple browser-based viewing on a PC or Mac. Educators know that the more students can see, hear, and experience class resources, the better they learn. Help turn all your students' study time into learning moments by supplying them with your lecture videos.

    Build instructional materials wherever, whenever, and however you want! Presentation Center is an online digital library containing assets that can be used to create customized lectures, visually enhanced tests and quizzes, or attractive printed support materials. Access to your book, access to all books! Simply browse, select, and download the files you need to build engaging course materials.

  • With this third edition, we are so excited to add professor Jennifer Herzog from Herkimer County Community College to the team as our digital author. Jen has worked hand-in-hand with the textbook author, 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 now 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. Because of Jen, we can now offer you a robust digital learning program, tied to learning outcomes, to enhance your lecture and lab, whether you run a traditional, hybrid or fully online course.
  • McGraw-Hill Higher Education and Blackboard have teamed up! What does this mean for you'
  • Your life, simplified. Now you and your students can access McGraw-Hill's Connect™ and Create™ right from within your Blackboard course – all with one single sign-on!
  • Deep integration of content and tools. Not only do you get single sign-on with Connect™ and Create™, you also get deep integration of McGraw-Hill content and content engines right in Blackboard. Whether you're choosing a book for your course or building Connect™ assignments, all the tools you need are right where you want them – inside of Blackboard.
  • Seamless Gradebooks. Are you tired of keeping multiple gradebooks and manually synchronising grades into Blackboard' We thought so. When a student completes an integrated Connect' assignment, the grade for that assignment automatically (and instantly) feeds your Blackboard grade center.
  • A solution for everyone. Whether your institution is already using Blackboard or you just want to try Blackboard on your own, we have a solution for you. McGraw-Hill and Blackboard can now offer you easy access to industry leading technology and content, whether your campus hosts it, or we do. Be sure to ask your local McGraw-Hill representative for details.
  • NEW Animation Learning Modules are assignable in Connect covering key topics from the text. A special icon in the text indicates which topics have a corresponding Animation Learning Module.
  • Follow author Kelly Cowan on Twitter! @CowanMicro
  • To purchase an eBook version of this title, visit (0077290615). With the CourseSmart eTextbook version of this title, students can save money, reduce their impact on the environment, and access powerful web tools for learning. Faculty can also review and compare the full text online without having to wait for a print desk copy.
  • 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 organised 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.
  • Process Figures are clearly defined and include colored steps that correlate the art to step-by-step explanations. Nearly every Process Figure has a correlating animation to it, which can be found on Cowan's Connect website.
  • 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 now opens with an Outline and a list of Learning Outcomes. Can You' questions conclude each major section of the text. Learning Outcomes are tightly correlated to digital course material. Instructors will be able to successfully measure student learning as it relates specifically to the learning outcomes.

  • Table of contents

    Chapter 1 The Main Themes of Microbiology
    Chapter 2 The Chemistry of Biology
    Chapter 3 Tools of the Laboratory: The Methods for Studying Microorganisms
    Chapter 4 Prokaryotic Profiles: The Bacteria and Archaea
    Chapter 5 Eukaryotic Cells and Microorganisms
    Chapter 6 An Introduction to the Viruses
    Chapter 7 Microbial Nutrition, Ecology, and Growth
    Chapter 8 Microbial Metabolism: The Chemical Crossroads of Life
    Chapter 9 Microbial Genetics
    Chapter 10 Genetic Engineering and Recombinant DNA
    Chapter 11 Physical and Chemical Control of Microbes
    Chapter 12 Drugs, Microbes, Host—The Elements of Chemotherapy
    Chapter 13 Microbe-Human Interactions: Infection and Disease
    Chapter 14 Host Defenses I: Overview and Nonspecific Defenses
    Chapter 15 Host Defenses II: Specific Immunity and Immunization
    Chapter 16 Disorders in Immunity
    Chapter 17 Diagnosing Infections
    Chapter 18 Infectious Diseases Affecting the Skin and Eyes
    Chapter 19 Infectious Diseases Affecting the Nervous System
    Chapter 20 Infectious Diseases Affecting the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
    Chapter 21 Infectious Diseases Affecting the Respiratory System
    Chapter 22 Infectious Diseases Affecting the Gastrointestinal Tract
    Chapter 23 Infectious Diseases Affecting the Genitourinary System
    Chapter 24 Environmental Microbiology
    Chapter 25 Applied Microbiology and Food and Water Safety



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