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LEC.470: Pollution Microbiology
|Department: Lancaster Environment Centre||NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF7//RQF7|
|Study Level: Postgraduate (Masters level)||Credit Points: 15.0|
|Start Date: 10-11-2014||End Date: 12-12-2014|
|Available for Online Enrolment?: Y||Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students|
|Module Convenor: Professor KT Semple|
- Syllabus Rules and Lancaster Part II Pre-requisites
- Curriculum Design
- Assessment Weights
- Educational Aims
- Learning Outcomes
- Part 1 Modules Video
- Teaching Pattern
Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites
Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus
Introduction to environmental microorganisms
Discuss the decomposition of natural compounds
Discuss catabolic processes: biodegradation, mineralisation, biotransformation, co-metabolism and detoxification.
Relate the decomposition of natural compounds to biodegradation of organic compounds.
Discuss pollutant degradation in the environment, highlighting interactions between pollutants and the abiotic and biotic environment and how this impacts on biodegradation. Discuss the concept of bioavailability.
Discuss the microbial degradation of contaminants in both aerobic and anaerobic environments.
Discuss bioremediation of contaminated systems stressing the involvement of microorganisms, focussing on bioremediation
Curriculum Design: Pre-requisites/Co-requisites/Exclusions
- 50% Exam
- 50% Coursework
Assessment: Details of Assessment
Assessment: CWA: 50% Exam: 50%
Details of CWA:Essay and Oral presentation
Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
After completion of the module, the students will be aware of the importance of microorganisms within different ecosystems, considering biotic interactions, nutrient cycling and organic matter turnover. Further, the students will be cognisant of the role of microorganisms in waste treatment systems, how microorganisms adapt to and metabolise man-made chemicals and their role in the assessment and remediation of contaminated land.
At a generic level, the students will be able to critically appraise aspects of the scientific literature, formulating robust scientific arguments. Further the students will gain experience in teamwork as well as planning, researching and implementing a group presentation.
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