The Micro PPT & Written Reports project provides students with an applied experience in
epidemiology and places emphasis on the microbiological effects (good or bad) on a country
or including the United States. The student’s task is to choose a microorganism and region
that has had a recent outbreak within the past 5 years (unless approved by the instructor). The
report should be geared toward the effects on the involved region; however, in the process of
providing that information the student should describe the organism, its classification,
methods of identification, and mode of pathogenicity and disease(s) it causes (if the organism
is harmful) or advantageous properties (if the organism is helpful) to humans, animals, crops,
the environment, etc.
The Proposal
The Proposal is simply an email or directly contacting the instructor before the 5
week of
class (3
week in summer school). The “Proposal” simply names the microorganism (Genus
and species for bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and helminthes; for viruses the common name is
sufficient; for prion diseases, simply the disease name is sufficient) and names the
location/region/area/country where a recent outbreak or infestation has occurred. Failure to
present the proposal on time results in 5 pts being deducted from the overall score for each
day the proposal is late. Once a microorganism and location is agreed upon and presented in
the proposal, it cannot be changed (so make sure you can find adequate information about
your project before submitting the proposal).
The Written Report
The written report will provide information and data retrieved by reputable sources, should
not have maps and pictures in it (save that for the oral report due later in the semester). If
you feel your written report needs maps, data tables, or pictures in it, the space they occupy
does not count toward the 4 page double spaced typed minimum written portion.
Each final report should be no less than 4 (full) pages and no more than 8 pages in length,
typed and double spaced. If you want to type a structured report, you can use the following
basic outline (most of these categories are not required to appear in your report):
Cover Sheet with Title (required).
Titles should be no more than ten words and
include the organism name and country/region your report will focus on. It should
also have your name and section number on it.
Abstract (not required).
Including purpose and brief summary. No more than 150
words. If the abstract is on its own page, any empty space below it does not count
toward the min. of 4 pages, double spaced.
Background/History (required).
The student should “classify” their chosen microbe
using Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species if
possible (some organisms don’t fit easily into all these groups, i.e. viruses and prions)
including a review of current literature on the topic. Some topics will have a more
elaborate history (older diseases like malaria, The Plague, etc.); however, newly
discovered diseases may have very little history or background.
This may include global and/or regional maps indicating affected areas,
morbidity, mortality, effectiveness of treatment or prevention, etc. When quoting
specific dates, percentages, numbers (number of infected vs number of dead, etc.) be
sure to quote your source. Any general information (i.e. Malaria is caused by a
protozoan and transmitted by a mosquito is not a quotable statement) does not have to
be quoted.
Discussion & Conclusions.
The Discussion section of the report should include how
the students arrived at their conclusions (for example, source of the disease, method
of transmission, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment). References should be used to
support the information contained in the report. Citations are made within the body
of the report (don’t just list references at the end without specifically identifying them
by citations within the report).
Literature cited/References/Bibliography (required).
Including at least 3 current
(less than 5 years old) peer reviewed scientific journal references (use the NVC
Library search function to aid in this search) in correct format (see Bibliography
below). Non-peer reviewed references are allowed in addition to the 3 peer reviewed
ones, but you must do your best to properly cite even the non-peer reviewed sources
(do not just put a website address as a reference). Understand that it is very possible
to read and review a “non-internet” article on-line, but it will have a web address
AND a Publication Name, Author(s), Volume, Date, and Pages where it can also be
found in the written journal or textbook, even if the “authors” are unnamed “staff
The following are good sources of information:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention <>

World Health Organization

Do NOT just list a website as a reference (points will be deducted – see rubric).
You may use APA, MLA, or AMA citation guidelines. You should find an online app
that helps you organize your citations (i.e. EasyBib). Some citation styles require a
running header, or don’t have cover pages, you should use the citation style of your
choice out of the 3 given and still have a cover page and do not include a running
header (it doesn’t match up with the required 1 inch margin rule).
Margins, Spacing, and Font:
The report must be written in Times New Roman,
double spaced, no more than 1 inch borders all the way around, and a font size of 12.

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