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CMB 5180

Course Descriptor: CMB5180 

Course Title: Ecology of Infectious Diseases  

Credits: 3 credits 

Grading: A-F only 

Schedule: Fall

Prerequisites: Enrollment in a Graduate Program or consent of instructor 

Course Coordinator: Dr. Randall Singer, Dept. of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences; 

Course Description: This course focuses on the ways in which host, agent, and environmental interactions influence the transmission of infectious agents. Specific topics related to these microbes include:  environmental dissemination, eradication and control, evolution of virulence, and use of analytical and molecular tools. 

Statement of Objectives: To understand the ways in which host, agent, and environmental interactions influence the transmission of infectious agents. 

Course Assignments: Written review and poster presentation of a topic in infectious disease ecology (past, present or future); current article review; other assignments as given. 

Evaluation Procedures: Grades will be based on the following: written midterm examination (25%), written review paper (40%), poster presentation (10%), in-class and take-home assignments (15%), and outline of proposed review paper (10%).  The grading in this course will be non-competitive and grades will be assigned based on mastery of the material.  Grades will be based on the standard 90, 80, 70, 60 scales.

Text and Reference Materials: There is no recommended text for the course.  Strengths and weaknesses of various recommended texts will be discussed on the first day of class.  Class notes and articles will be provided, but students should expect to take notes during lectures and discussions.  Material to augment the lectures will be placed on reserve in the Veterinary Library and on the Bio-Medical Library. 

Supplementary Information: This course is cross-listed as PUBH 5180. 

Scholastic Dishonesty and Plagiarism:
Students are responsible for knowing the University of Minnesota, Board of Regents' policy on student conduct and scholastic dishonesty:
Scholastic dishonesty as defined in the policy and will be reported to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs: and will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  Plagiarism is an important element of this policy.  It is defined as the presentation of another's writing or ideas as your own.  Serious, intentional plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  For more information on this policy and for a helpful discussion of preventing plagiarism, please consult University policies and procedures regarding academic integrity: Students are urged to be careful that they properly attribute and cite others' work in their own writing.  For guidelines for correctly citing sources, go to and click on “Citing Sources”.  In addition, original work is expected in this course.  It is unacceptable to hand in assignments for this course for which you receive credit in another course unless by prior agreement with the instructor.  Building on a line of work begun in another course or leading to a thesis, dissertation, or final project is acceptable.  If you have any questions, consult the instructor.

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