Microbiology: Introduction
Microbiology: Introduction

Microbiology: Introduction

by Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Gain a basic understanding of microbiology!

This course offers you an essential overview of microbes and the diseases they cause. Students with or without a professional background in medicine will receive an introduction to the medical application of microbiology. Tutor and award-winning virologist Prof. Vincent Racaniello comprehensively discusses the structure and behavior of bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and prions—the small creatures which outnumber all other living beings on earth.

Upon completion of this basic course you will…

• …be able to define microbes and differentiate between them
• …understand the components of bacterial cells
• …distinguish between good and bad viruses
• …comprehend the reproduction and function of yeasts
• …define prions and the diseases they cause

You will be professionally introduced to the basic concepts in microbiology, and be able to understand expert discussions about it. 

Course Details

  • Videos 45
  • Duration 2:53 h
  • Quiz questions 125
  • Articles 2


Your Educators of course Microbiology: Introduction

 Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Vincent Racaniello is a Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University in New York. As an internationally renowned virologist, he has published many influential papers in the field, and co-authored the well-known textbook Principles of Animal Virology. He has received several awards, including the Irma T. Hirschl, Searle Scholars, Eli Lilly, and NIH Merit. Professor Racaniello firmly believes in the power of the internet as a scientific tool, and works on several platforms to share his vast knowledge in virology.

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Most of the "Spaced Repetition" questions are certainly very LOW YIELD
By Yuan Yuan C. on 15. July 2020 for Microbiology: Introduction

The lecturer speaks clearly and is engaging. The material is presented quite well - in a logical manner. I feel the material could go in a bit more depth (but perhaps later lectures will). I would probably give this series 5 stars, however, I'm currently studying for the USMLE, and I feel half or more of the review questions are extremely low-yield. For example, there are questions about which section of a plant does a specific fungus infect. That's okay to test understanding of the lecture material presented, but I don't want to have that type of question included in my "Spaced Repetition" for memorization. It's a real waste of my limited time and brain space. Please ither remove the low-yield questions, or perhaps a better (and faster) option would be to add an option to turn off the "dumb" questions.

I love these lectures
By Paiel C. on 19. June 2020 for Microbiology: Introduction

I spent weeks reading and trying to understand from the books but these lectures made it so easy to understand, I also love the fact that it keeps on asking questions so you can remember them. Thank you so much for these lectures, I love them.

Great Instructor
By Greg P. on 30. May 2020 for Microbiology: Introduction

I've taken classes from Dr. Racaniello previously on the coursera.org platform. He is a very engaging instructor and he is no different in this Lecturi series, at least for the free part. As a citizen scientist, the full cost is too much so for this series I can only comment on the bacteria sections that are free. The quiz questions are very relevant to the material presented and the reference material is equally good.

By Greeshma T. on 16. May 2020 for Microbiology: Introduction

Its apt for 2nd yrs....simple and all main points are given.