Describe the symbiotic role of your chosen microbe within our microbiome.

Module 1 – SLP


Part I

Read the following chapters in the Microbiology etext available at

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  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Microbes and the World
  • The Science of Microbiology
  1. Describe Koch’s Postulates and briefly summarize his contributions to the field of Microbiology.

Part II 

Read the following chapters in the Microbiology etext available at

Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukaryote Cell Structure

  • Overview of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells
  • Cell Walls of Prokaryotes

Choose a resident microbe from the article The Nature of Bacterial Host-Parasite Relationships in Humans.

  1. Describe the symbiotic role of your chosen microbe within our microbiome.
  2. Do a little independent research to determine whether this microbe can become pathogenic. If so, describe the conditions under which this microbe assumes this opportunistic role. Be sure to cite articles used in your research and include a references section.

SLP Assignment Expectations

Page Length: 2 to 3 pages


TUI encourages all students to comply with APA style and format guidelines for proper citation of references.  Use the formatting in your Background page as a model.

Scholarly Content                  

Your case assignments are considered scholarly works. Your final work should include peer reviewed (scholarly) sources.  Please use the formatting demonstrated in your Background section to cite the tutorials and readings from the Module Overview. You should not cut and paste the questions posed and answer them like a “Question and Answer” session.  Your finished paper should read like an academic paper.

Please keep in mind that you should not use sources such as “” or “Wikipedia” or “Wikianswers.”  None of these are scholarly sources and they can be “modified” by any registered user which makes them unreliable. You will post your final essay as a word document to the SLP assignment dropbox.