Microbiology: An Introduction, Global Edition + Mastering Microbiology with eText, 12th Edition

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Microbiology: An Introduction, Global Edition + Mastering Microbiology with eText, 12th Edition

By Gerard G. Tortora, Berdell R. Funke, Christine L. Case
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This pack contains 1 copy of Microbiology: An Introduction Global Edition and 1 printed access card to Mastering Microbiology with eText.

Master Microbiology where it matters. Everywhere.

An engaging and clear approach to learning complex microbiology topics and theory

Praised for its exceptionally clear presentation of complex topics, this #1-selling text for microbiology non-majors provides a careful balance of concepts and applications and proven art that teaches. The 12th Edition ofTortora, Funke, and Case’s Microbiology: An Introduction focuses on big picture concepts and themes in microbiology, encouraging students to visualise and synthesise tough topics such as microbial metabolism, immunology, and microbial genetics.  The text helps students make connections between microbiology theory and disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Mastering Microbiology, an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to improve results by helping students quickly master concepts both in and outside the classroom.

Mastering Microbiology is not a self-paced technology and should only be purchased when required by an instructor.
The duration of access to Mastering Microbiology is set by your instructor for your specific unit of study.
  • Big Picture “Tough Topic” features are 2-page spreads that focus on the most challenging topics for students to master: Metabolism (Chapter 5), Genetics (Chapter 8), and Immunity (Chapter 16).
  • o    Each Big Picture spread breaks down these important concepts into manageable steps and gives students a clear learning framework for the related chapters. 
  • o    Quick-response (QR) codes allow students to view related MicroFlix videos on their smart device..
  • Big Picture “Disease” features are arranged in two-page spreads within each body-system disease chapter (Chapters 21-26) as well as in Chapter 19 (Immune Disorders).
  • o    Each spread focuses on a particular disease and applies it to a related real-world challenge, many dealing with public health issues.  For example, Chapter 24 discusses the reemergence of pertussis as a health threat in developed nations and related changes in vaccine formulations, while Chapter 19 includes a discussion of how the human microbiome and autoimmune diseases may be related. 
  • o    Each Big Picture Disease spread includes Key Concepts that encourage students to make the connection between the presented topic and previously learned microbiology principles.
  • Reworked complement section in Chapter 16 (Innate Immunity).  New art and more straightforward discussions make this challenging and critical material easier for students to digest.
  • Stunning Foundation Figures focus on especially important topics in microbiology. Clearly marked step-numbers make these process-oriented figures easy to follow, while a “Key Concepts” feature built into these figures makes the take-away lessons easy to review.
  • In the Clinic Critical Thinking Questions appear at the start of every chapter. They encourage students to think like nurses in various clinical scenarios and spark student interest in the forthcoming chapter content.
  • Clinical Cases woven through every chapter help motivate students to think critically about the chapter content and provide them with practical application to their future careers in allied health. Each case segment includes critical thinking questions that students should be able to answer after reading the chapter material.
  • Check Your Understanding questions appear at key points throughout the chapters, encouraging students to engage interactively with the text and self-assess their understanding of the corresponding Learning Objectives.
  • A “Name It” activity appears with the Study Questions at the end of each chapter, giving students clues about the physical and biochemical nature of a microbe, signs and symptoms of the disease the microbe causes, information about vaccines, etc., and then asks students to identify the microbe.
  • ASMcue guidelines: The American Society of Microbiology has released six underlying concepts and 22 related topics to provide a framework for key microbiological topics deemed to be of lasting importance beyond the classroom.  These topics identify what students should understand at a deep level, including the big-picture ramifications of those concepts and how they relate to other issues within the field.  The 12th edition explains the themes and competencies at the beginning of the book and incorporates call-outs when chapter content matches one of these 22 topics. This approach helps students and instructors focus on the enduring understandings of the course and provides a teaching tool for instructors to assess students’ understanding and critical thinking skills.
  • Diseases are covered in chapters 21-26 and organised by body system, which facilitates learning for students who have taken an anatomy & physiology course that also organises topics by body system.  The authors target and cover diseases from an allied health perspective.


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Table of contents
  • Part One: Fundamentals of Microbiology
  • Ch 1: The Microbial World and You
  • Ch 2: Chemical Principles
  • Ch 3: Observing Microorganisms through a Microscope
  • Ch 4: Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells
  • Ch 5: Microbial Metabolism
  • Ch 6: Microbial Growth
  • Ch 7: The Control of Microbial Growth
  • Ch 8: Microbial Genetics
  • Ch 9: Biotechnology and DNA Technology
  • Part Two: A Survey of the Microbial World
  • Ch 10: Classification of Microorganisms
  • Ch 11: The Prokaryotes: Domains Bacteria and Archaea
  • Ch 12: The Eukaryotes: Fungi, Algae, Protozoa, and Helminths
  • Ch 13: Viruses, Viroids, and Prions
  • Part Five: Environmental and Applied Microbiology
  • Ch 27: Environmental Microbiology
  • Ch 28: Applied and Industrial Microbiology