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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 Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • Lectures/workshops: 

    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

  • None

  • 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

  • Learning Outcomes: 

    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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