School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Introduction to Environmental Microbiology

  • Monday 5 - Friday 9 March 2018

The course provides a basic introduction to microbiology and microorganisms, and explores their role in shaping the geochemistry of the Earth.

A survey of modern microorganisms and their environmentally and geochemically significant activities is an important foundation for the course. You'll also learn how metabolic processes catalysed by microorganisms are related to major elemental cycles, biogeochemical processes, and organic contaminant degradation.

You'll find out about the most up to date molecular methods used to study the diversity and activity of microorganisms in their natural habitats, along with their benefits and limitations.

The course will:

  • introduce microorganisms and methods for their study
  • introduce microbial processes of environmental and geochemical significance
  • provide detailed information on the most up to date methods for the study of microbial communities
  • introduce the analysis of microbial datasets

Who is the course aimed at?

Earth Scientists, Chemists and Engineers with little or no previous experience in microbiology who wish to learn more about fundamental microbiology and microbial ecology and how this relates to geochemical processes in natural and managed environments. The course is ideal for Earth Scientists wishing to move into the exciting fields of geobiology and biogeochemistry.

Objectives and Outline

Introduction to Environmental Microbiology

Course Objectives

By the time you've finished this course, you'll:

  • know the three major lines of living organisms (Archaea, Bacteria, Eukarya) and understand the differences and similarities between the three groups
  • know what bacteria, fungi, protozoa, algae, and viruses are, and what roles they play in the geochemical cycling of elements
  • be aware of the geochemically and environmentally significant processes that the activities of microorganisms and the environmental factors controlling and limiting microbial activities contribute to
  • know what types of microorganisms are found in the air, terrestrial, and aquatic environments
  • understand in broad terms the mechanisms microorganisms use to obtain energy for growth and reproduction, and how these biochemical processes are linked with geochemical cycling of the elements
  • be able to explain what is meant by an electron donor and terminal electron acceptor
  • understand the geochemical roles and importance of heterotrophs and autotrophs
  • know several methods used to identify and enumerate bacteria in natural environments
  • know how to measure specific microbial activities in the environment
  • be able to interpret geochemistry datasets to identify the impact of microbial degradation of organic contaminants.

Course Outline

  • Classification of microorganisms.
  • Microorganisms in nature.
  • Microbial processes of environmental significance.
  • Metabolic diversity of microorganisms.
  • Methods to study microorganisms.
  • Monday 5 - Friday 9 March 2018

Further Information

Introduction to Environmental Microbiology

Prerequisites

Prerequisite knowledge

To attend the course, you should have a reasonable level of knowledge of the following topics:

  • A basic knowledge of biology/microbiology

Please contact the Professional Development Unit if you require further information.

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8604) on at least one of the School's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

This course is delivered as a Module to postgraduate students under the title of Introduction to Microbiology and Microbial Transformation of Pollutants.

Presenters

Introduction to Environmental Microbiology

Presenters

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Fees

Introduction to Environmental Microbiology

Fees

  • Introduction to Environmental Microbiology
    • £1325

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

[ Information about Cancellations ]

Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).