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Anatomy of A Pandemic: Ebola Disease in the 21st Century

How the Ebola Virus Went From a Local Outbreak to a Worldwide Pandemic Before Our Eyes
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What Will I Learn?
Define pandemic, describe the conditions necessary for pandemics to occur, and discuss the historical significance of pandemics
Define Ebola Virus and discuss its discovery and transmission
Describe the signs & symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease and discuss its prevention & treatment
Discuss the 2014-15 outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease and trace its path to Europe and the United States
Explain the current status of Ebola Virus Disease and describe the economic impact of pandemics on the global community
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Requirements
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Description

In this course, Anatomy of a Pandemic: Ebola Disease in the 21st Century,  biology instructor Jonathan Jeffreys will use the Ebola Virus Disease pandemic of 2014-15 as a model for describing and explaining what pandemics are, how they are disseminated, how they affect humankind, and how they are eradicated. This is important information for you today because, even in our modern and advanced global society, we are not immune to the ravages of pandemics. The course is divided into six sections (plus a Bonus section) with multiple lessons making up each section. While the section topics are broad, the lesson topics focus on specific ideas or concepts. The section topics are:

  1. Introduction—1 lecture
  2. What is a Pandemic?—5 lectures
  3. What is Ebola?—5 lectures
  4. Ebola: Signs & Symptoms—5 lectures
  5. Ebola around the World—5 lectures
  6. Ebola Today—5 lectures
  7. Bonus

The 26-lessons are presented in a narrative-slide format. Each lesson is fully illustrated and Jonathan’s narration is clear, concise, and entertaining. Average lesson length is approximately six-minutes so the entire course can be easily completed by the diligent student in a single afternoon. There are also four section quizzes and a final exam designed to evaluate the student’s understanding of the material presented. These evaluations are automatically scored and the student’s score is immediately presented upon completion. The evaluations have no time limit and may be taken multiple times. Finally, the course is complete with an interactive discussion board where students are able to ask Jonathan questions, request clarifications, and even interact with fellow students.

This course is perfect for advanced and AP high school biology students, undergraduate science students, or anyone wanting to learn more about Ebola, disease and  disease transmission, or the natural world. 

So join biology instructor Jonathan Jeffreys as he guides you on this unique and fascinating journey through the Anatomy of a Pandemic: Ebola Disease in the 21st Century. 



Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for advanced high school or undergraduate college biology students and those interested in advancing their knowledge of pandemics in general and Ebola Virus Disease specifically. Formal education in biology is not necessary. However, at least a novice understanding of basic life-science concepts and scientific nomenclature are recommended.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Course Preview - Start Here
1 Lecture 03:04

This lecture is an introduction to the course, Anatomy of a Pandemic: Ebola Virus Disease in the 21st Century. After a brief welcome, BiologyCoachOnline instructor Jonathan Jeffreys will outline each of the six course sections. This course is recommended for advanced high school and undergraduate biology students and anyone else with novice understanding of basic biology concepts, scientific nomenclature, and an interest in disease or the natural world. Welcome to the course.

Preview 03:04
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What is a Pandemic?
5 Lectures 35:36

This lecture will preview the information covered in Section II.

Don't forget to download the fill-in-the-blank-notes page for each lecture. The notes pages are located in the Resources section for each lecture.

Preview 01:05

In this lecture we will define pandemic and differentiate the pandemic from the epidemic. Both will be illustrated 

What is a Pandemic?
04:06

In this lecture we will identify the components necessary to have a pandemic. Said components include the pathogen, a vector, and a susceptible host.

Conditions for a Pandemic
04:36

In this lecture we will apply the knowledge gained in the previous lecture to several examples of historically significant pandemics including "Spanish" flu, Smallpox, Tuberculosis, and AIDS.

History of Pandemics
16:04

This lecture will review the information covered in Section II and prepare the student for Quiz #1.

This lecture is available as a PDF download in the Resources section for this lecture.

Section II Review
09:45

The questions on this quiz cover the information presented in Section II: What is a Pandemic? This quiz contains five multiple-choice questions.

Quiz 1
5 questions
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What is Ebola?
5 Lectures 30:44

This lecture is an overview of the material covered in Section III.

Preview 01:11

This lecture will discuss the definition of Ebola, EBOV's morphology & genome, and EBOV's rise in humans.

What is Ebola Anyway?
07:49

This lecture will describe the discovery of Ebola virus, how EBOV got its name, and how the virus found its way from animals to humans.

Preview 03:09

This lecture will discuss how Ebola virus is transmitted from animals to humans and and between humans.


Transmission of EVD
05:46

This lecture will review the information covered in this section and prepare the student for Quiz #2.

This lecture is available as a PDF download in the Resources section for this lecture.

Section III Review
12:49

This quiz consists of five multiple-choice questions reviewing the material covered in Section III.

Quiz 2
5 questions
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Signs, Symptoms, and More
5 Lectures 36:14

This lecture will preview the material covered in Section IV.


Preview 01:07

Your Lecture Notes page is available as a PDF download in the Resources section for this lecture.

Signs & Symptoms of EVD
05:49

Your Lecture Notes page is available as a PDF download in the Resources section for this lecture.

Prevention of EVD
12:50

Your Lecture Notes page is available as a PDF download in the Resources section for this lecture.

Treatment & Prognosis of EVD
03:48

This lecture will review the information covered in this section and prepare the student for Quiz #3.

This lecture is available as a PDF download in the Resources section for this lecture.

Section IV Review
12:40

This quiz consists of five multiple-choice questions reviewing the information presented in Section IV.

Quiz 3
5 questions
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Section V: Ebola Around the World
5 Lectures 40:05

This lecture will preview the information covered in this section.

Preview 00:58

Recent Outbreak
03:35

Out of Africa
09:18

Ebola in the USA
16:18

This lecture will review the information covered in this section and prepare the student for Quiz #4.

This lecture is available as a PDF download in the Resources section for this lecture.

Section V Review
09:56

Quiz 4
5 questions
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Ebola Today
6 Lectures 01:04:25

This lecture will preview the information covered in Section VI.

Preview 01:28

Your Lecture Notes page is available as a PDF download in the Resources section for this lecture.

Preview 09:54

Current Status of Ebola Virus - Part B
11:54

This lecture will consider the use of EBOV in biological warfare and bio-terrorism.

Biological warfare—also known as “germ warfare”—is the use of biological toxins or infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi with the intent to kill or incapacitate humans, animals or plants as an act of war. Biological weapons are living organisms (including viruses which are, technically, not living organisms) that replicate within their host victims. 

Biological warfare represents the "B" in the "NBC" (Nuclear, Biological, & Chemical) warfare triad. NBC makes use of weapons-of-mass-destruction (WMDS)-rather than conventional incendiary devices to render harm to an identified enemy.

This lecture provides a very brief history of biological warfare, examines occasions of bioterrorism in the United States, and considers the use of Ebola virus in bioterrorism. 




WMDS & Ebola Virus
14:51

In this lecture we will discuss the current status of EBOV by: examining where the pathogen is today; considering the use of EBOV as a weapon of mass destruction; and discussing the impact of pandemics on the global economy.

Economic Impact of Pandemics
11:02

This lecture will review the information covered in Section VI and prepare the student for the Final Exam. 

This text lecture is also provided as a downloadable PDF file. You can find the link in the Resources section for this lecture.

Conclusion of Section VI
15:16
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Final Exam
0 Lectures 00:00

This final course review consists of 20-questions evaluating your comprehension of all of the material covered in this course.

FINAL EXAM
30 questions
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Bonus Section
2 Lectures 06:25

Congratulations & Final Words
03:35
About the Instructor
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I am a biologist by education and a biology instructor by profession. I earned my graduate degree in biology and I have more than 15-years teaching experience in every venue from the military to the alternative school and from the public high school to the college classroom. I am a junior herpetologist and my graduate research focused on Anuran genetics. My personal teaching philosophy: It is my desire as a teacher to inspire and challenge the student to embrace the subject of Biology, to become actively engaged in the process of learning about the natural world, and to realize and indeed appreciate his/her place in the natural world.

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