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Course Syllabus/Spring 2014

120:313 Mycology
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. John Maiello EMAIL: jmaiello@andromeda.rutgers.edu

OFFICE/OFFICE COURSE
Hill Hall Room 304
HOURS: WEBSITE: http://165.230.88.2/prehealth/mycology.htm

COURSE Lectures: Hill Hall Room 107 MEETING TIME(S): LEC: M,TH PERIOD 1
Laboratory: Boyden Hall LAB: SEC. 1 MON. 5,6 PERIODS
LOCATION(S): Room 125 SEC. 2 TUES. 5,6 PERIODS

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Mycology is a writing intensive course. Subjects include fungal structure, function and physiology, reproduction, taxonomy,
and the influence of fungi on human health and disease. Emphasis placed on medical mycology, plant fungal infections,
including the production of pharmaceuticals and the impact of fungi in ecosystems as well as the elucidation of eukaryotic
genetic principles, respiratory pathways and current research topics in mycology.

PREREQUISITES:

120:201 Foundations or permission of the instructor.

REQUIRED TEXT:

Text: Mycology Condensed for Biology and Medical Students by J.M. Maiello

Manual: Mycology Laboratory Manual by J.M. Maiello

LEARNING OBJECTIVES/GOALS:

Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to effectively communicate
information in writing and orally with clarity and constancy in diverse subjects including:
1. How fungi are structurally distinguished from other eukaryotic organisms.
2. The diversity of fungi in various habitats including their mechanisms for survival in ecosystems.
3. Methods employed to cultivate and identify fungi utilizing correct lab and microscopic techniques.
4. The impact of fungi on plant, animal, and human pathologies, the food industry, and the production of
antibiotics as well as other pharmaceuticals.
5. How fungi are utilized to elucidate genetic principles as well as a description of their metabolites and
energy-releasing metabolic pathways.

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Course Syllabus/Spring 2014

120:313 Mycology
SCHEDULE AND COURSE OUTLINE: Class assignments are listed by week; lectures meet twice each week and the lab once each
week. Exam and assignment due dates will be regularly posted on the course website.

NOTES/READING
WEEK MEETING TOPIC
ASSIGNMENTS/EXAMS
Chapter 1 Introduction to the Fungi and
Week 1 What are fungi?
journal articles.
Chapter 4 Fungus Reproduction and
Week 2 Morphological Characteristics of Fungi and Reproduction
journal articles.
Chapter 5 Systematics and journal
Week 3 Fungal taxonomy
articles.
Chapter 6 Organisms Closely Related to
Week 4 Organisms related to fungi
Fungi and journal articles.
Chapter 7 Zygomycetes and journal
Week 5 Lower fungi important to man
articles. Exam 1
Chapter 2 Cell Ultrastructure and
Week 6 Characteristics of fungal organelles and function
Function,
Week 7 Aerobic and anaerobic respiration in fungi Energy Releasing Metabolic Pathways
Chapter 8 Ascomycetes and journal
Week 8 Higher Fungi I Ascomycetes and importance to man
articles.
Week 9 Spring Recess
Higher Fungi II Deuteromycetes relevant to man and the
Chapter 10 Deuteromycetes and journal
Week 10 environment. Medically important species, animal and
articles. Exam 2
plant pathogens
Higher Fungi III Basidiomycetes significant to man and the Chapter 9 Basidiomycetes and journal
Week 11
environment articles.
Chapter 11 Secondary Metabolism and
Week 12 Fungal metabolites
journal articles.
Chapter 12 Medical Mycology
Week 13 Fungal diseases in man and animals Chapter 13 Systemic Mycoses and journal
articles.
Week 14 Pharmaceuticals of fungal origin Chapter 14 Antifungal Pharmaceuticals
Fungal genetics Chapter 15 Genetic Variations in Fungi
Week 15
Mycorrhiza Chapter 16 Mycorrhiza
DATE OF FINAL EXAM: TBA

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GRADING POLICY:
Your grade for this course will be based on the categories listed in the table below.

Exams 60%
Writing Assignments 30%
Oral Reports 10%
TOTAL 100%

ATTENDANCE, MAKE-UP, AND LATENESS POLICY:


Attendance is mandatory. If you must miss a class for a valid reason, please discuss the possibility of making up the missed
material with your instructor as soon as possible.

Academic Dishonesty: The course has a zero tolerance policy for academic dishonesty, including plagiarism and cheating.
Instances of dishonesty will be punished by a zero on the assignment and consultation with the Academic Integrity Officers
to determine if further action is required. If you have any questions about what constitutes plagiarism or cheating, please
ask your instructors or refer to the academic integrity websites for Rutgers and NJIT:
http://academicintegrity.rutgers.edu/academic-integrity-at-rutgers
http://studentconduct.rutgers.edu/
http://www.njit.edu/academics/integrity.php

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