All cells in the world can be narrowed down into just two types: eukaryotic cells and prokaryotic cells.
If I were to ask you to think of any living organism, chances are the organism you’d think of would be made up of one or more eukaryotic cells. Why? Because humans, plants, animals, protozoa, fungi, and algae all have eukaryotic cells. Only two groups of organisms on the planet—the Bacteria and the Archaea—have prokaryotic cells.
Eukaryotic cells contain a nucleus, mitochondria, and other highly-specialized organelles, and are the cells with which you are likely more familiar. In contrast, prokaryotic cells lack a nucleus or any membrane-bound organelles. While it’s true that prokaryotic cells are simpler than eukaryotic cells, they are by no means simple, as we will soon see.
In this module, students will learn about the organisms which are composed of prokaryotic cells, often called prokaryotes. They will understand the ways in which prokaryotes are fundamentally different than most other life on the planet, and will discover the fundamental roles these microorganisms play in the world. They will learn the modifications (virulence factors) that pathogenic bacteria use to cause disease. Students will also discover how antibiotics work, how antibiotic resistance occurs, and how to halt the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
As with all Kristin Moon Science courses, students proceed at their own pace through the material. Videos, hands-on activities, and links to additional information are included to enhance the learning experience. Directions for three optional lab activities are included.
To learn more about the material taught in this course, you can find the Scope and Sequence here: