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Plnt Path&Envi Micro (PPEM)

PPEM 120 (GN) The Fungal Jungle: A Mycological Safari From Truffles to Slime Molds (3) This course is an introduction to the world of fungi and their impact on humans and the environment around us.

PPEM 120 The Fungal Jungle: A Mycological Safari From Truffles to Slime Molds (3)

Fungi are a fascinating group of organisms that we encounter in everyday life. Apart from the mushrooms on our pizza or mold in our bathtub, fungi are important plant pathogens that severely interfere with agricultural production, cause diseases in humans and insects, and have a major role in ecosystems. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the world of fungi and review the important functions of fungi in human society, to educate students in basic concepts of fungal biology that are scientifically interesting and important to human society, and to train students to understand both basic and current topics in science. Topics to be covered include the structure and classification of fungi, the ways in which fungi interact with other organisms as pathogens or beneficial partners, the contributions fungi make to ecosystem functioning, and the ways in which humans use fungi and products derived from them. We will discuss examples that students are familiar with and encounter in their everyday life. The course also has an informal lab section that includes several class activities and visits. Class activities are designed to be done in small teams and promote team-work learning, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students will learn how to isolate, grow and identify fungi, among other activities, culminating in a fungal feast. For example, students will could keep a journal on fungi, take quizzes, and deliver a presentation of their favorite fungus, among other assignments. This course is intended to be an introductory science course to non-science majors and will provide important general science knowledge as well as specific details about fungal biology.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2014

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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