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If you're a microbiology teacher, here are some reasons why we think you should complement your conventional teaching with a computer lab based around Bacterial Growth 3.

Help your students learn experimental design

The key section of the program is the Laboratory. Here, the student will gain experience of total and viable counting before progressing to the real challenge: how to design a series of growth experiments that will help him/her to answer the questions posed in the Report section.

Help your students learn data interpretation

The glucose concentration, the incubation temperature and the duration of the experiment can all be varied in over 700 different combinations. After designing an experiment, it can be started by a simple click on a button and the results are plotted automatically on screen as the experiment progresses. The student must therefore analyse the results of each experiment before designing the next.

Help your students develop transferable skills

Bacterial Growth 3 is not, therefore, simply a replacement for a traditional "wet" practical (although many Universities and Colleges are now recognising the cost-effectiveness of computer-based learning). More importantly, it offers the student practice at experimental design and data interpretation, transferable skills not normally associated with conventional practicals.

Boost your next TQA rating

With this unique approach to learning, Bacterial Growth 3 is the perfect way to boost your next Teaching Quality Assessment rating.

Designing an experiment
Designing an experiment in the laboratory
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