University of Windsor

Tanya Noel, PhD

Biology Department, Faculty of Science,
University of Windsor,
Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4
Tel: (519) 253-3000 ext 2705

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Notes re: 55-237/238 in Fall 2018:

Please note that I am teaching the non-Nursing section (02) of 55-237 (Introductory Microbiology - no lab component), and 55-238 (Introductory Microbiology & Techniques, which includes a lab).

55-237 Section 1 is reserved for Nursing students only - students in other programs will not be given permission to enroll in this section. Dr. Lawrence ( is teaching this section.

55-237 Section 2 is designated for non-Nursing students, and is currently reserved for students in Biology, Biochemistry, and other programs that require it. Later in the summer (after July), I may consider allowing other students to enroll, if space permits.

55-238 is "Introductory Microbiology with Techniques", and includes a lab component. If you're applying to a professional school that requires a microbiology course, it's a good idea to check and see if a microbiology lab is required. (There is no mechanism to complete just the lab component after taking 55-237.) Please note that students in 238 must enroll in a lab section as well as the lecture. In compliance of biosafety regulations, lab section enrollment is restricted.


This year, in Introductory and Medical Microbiology, we'll be using an open educational resource: OpenStax Microbiology. The web version and pdf of this textbook are free, and an iBook version is available for $6.99 (USD).

If you want a hard copy of this book, it may be available on Amazon, though there are some other options for people who prefer hard copy textbooks.

The textbook used in previous years (Brock Biology of Microorganisms by Michael T. Madigan, John M. Martinko, Kelly S. Bender, Daniel H. Buckley, David A. Stahl) is a great resource, so if you already have a copy of this book, or can borrow or buy a used one, I recommend using it if you like using a hard copy version of a text. (There are copies of the book on Reserve at the library.) The textbook used in previous years, by Tortora et al., and the Bauman Microbiology textbook are also good options for those who prefer a hard copy textbook.

How the course works:

The Fall 2018 55-237(02)/238 classes are blended. We will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 AM. Usually, there will be an in-person class session that goes until around 10:45 AM, where we will have mini-lectures and activities on the topics you've been reading/learning about (in the readings and online lectures). From around 10:45 - 11:20 AM will be time for optional Q & A, if anyone has questions.

Outside of class, check the schedule (in Blackboard) to see what topics you should be working on before the next in-person class (i.e., checking out the appropriate study guide and watching online lectures for the topic). The topic learning objectives in the study guide should help guide you in terms of what's important to know/understand. Keep track of anything you want more information about - we can probably go over it in class!

Most weeks, there will be an online quiz, available from Thursday evening until Monday at midnight. This is to encourage students to prepare for class, as well as to give students (and me!) an idea of the level of understanding of various topics before Tuesday's class.

Who am I?

I am a Science Learning Specialist, Ancillary Academic Staff (i.e., teaching faculty) in the Department of Biological Sciences, of the Faculty of Science at the University of Windsor. I teach 55-237 (Introductory Microbiology), 55-238 (Introductory Microbiology & Techniques), 55-351 (Medical Microbiology) and 55-352 (Medical Microbiology & Techniques).

My background

I have an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan. My graduate work was in the area of plant-microbe interactions, studying the relationship of Rhizobium mutants with host legumes and non-legumes, in the lab of Dr Michael Hynes at The University of Calgary. I worked as a bioinformatics scientist at Aventis Pasteur (now sanofi pasteur) for a couple of years before joining the Biology Department at York University. I took a leave of absence from that position to come to the University of Windsor in Sept. 2012.


Handout for Nelson Education Teaching Symposium Feb. 23, 2012 session (Interactive Approaches to Teaching Large Introductory Classes).

References for Oct. 25, 2011 seminar at the University of Guelph, Department of Integrative Biology.

References and recommended resources for Nov. 23 colloquium presentation.

STLHE 2010: The art of developing writing skills in science courses: Beyond the terminal term paper (handout - PDF). (Workshop by Tamara Kelly and me.)

Teaching stream positions in higher education - handout from Feb. 2 networking event

Handout (PDF) from STLHE 2007 Workshop (Methods for using inquiry in large introductory science courses – building collections and communities).

Recent Publications:

Noel, T.C. and Kelly, T.L.J. 2015. Teaching for Effective Learning: An Instructors Guide to accompany Biology: Exploring the Diversity of Life 3rd Canadian Ed. Nelson Education Ltd., Toronto, Canada.

Noel, T.C. and Kelly, T.L.J. 2012. Teaching for Effective Learning: An Instructors Guide to accompany Biology: Exploring the Diversity of Life 2nd Canadian Ed. Nelson Education Ltd., Toronto, Canada.

Noel, T.C. and Kelly, T.L.J. 2010. Teaching for Effective Learning: An Instructors Guide to accompany Biology: Exploring the Diversity of Life 1st Canadian Ed. Nelson Education Ltd., Toronto, Canada.

Noel, T.C. 2010. Clickers 201: Exploring the Next Levels of Using Classroom Response Systems in Science Courses. Collected Essays on Teaching and Learning 2009 (Vol. III): 9-14.

Noel, T.C. and Petruniak, J. 2008. High expectations - transforming first year students into ethical scientists. ABLE 2008 Proceedings.

Yost, C.K., Rath, A.M., Noel, T.C., and Hynes, M.F. 2006. Characterization of genes involved in erythritol catabolism in Rhizobium leguminosarum bv viciae. Microbiology 152: 2061-2074.