CEG8604 : Introduction to Microbiology and Microbial Transformation of Pollutants
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Professor Ian Head
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
The aims of this unit are to -
Introduce microorganisms and their study,
Introduce microbial processes of environmental and geochemical significance and
Provide detailed information on the most up to date methods for the study of microbial communities.
Introduce the analysis of microbial data sets.
The module includes 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 activities of environmental and geochemical importance is an important foundation for the module as is the way that metabolic processes catalyzed by microorganisms are related to major elemental cycles, biogeochemical processes and contamination. The most up to date molecular methods used to study the diversity and activity of microorganisms in their natural habitats are detailed along with their benefits and limitations. The course is examined by unseen examination and a data analysis assessment.
Outline Of Syllabus
Classification of microorganisms
Microorganisms in nature
Microbial processes of environmental significance
Metabolic diversity of microorganisms
Methods to study microorganisms
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||7:30||7:30||Coursework|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||20||0:30||10:00||Revision for exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||8:00||8:00||Presentation preparation and follow-up.|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||16||1:00||16:00||Background reading.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||1||7:00||7:00||Presentation session.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||15||1:00||15:00||Writing up lecture notes.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||15:00||15:00||Independent study.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Students will be taught through lectures where they will acquire an understanding of the evolutionary and metabolic diversity of the microbial world and how it relates to biogeochemical processes including microbial degradation of contaminants. They will also gain detailed knowledge of how biological processes and microorganisms are measured and characterized in the environment They will demonstrate that they can analyse, evaluate and synthesize a body of information and data, and present the synthesis in a coherent form and conduct quantitative thermodynamic calculations.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||1||A||60||Unseen MCQ examination|
|Report||1||M||40||15min presentation (70%) and worked calculations submission (30%)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Students will be assessed by examination to test their knowledge and understanding of the evolutionary and metabolic diversity of the microbial world and how it relates to biogeochemical processes including microbial degradation of contaminants and approaches used to measure biological processes and microorganisms in the environment. The module is designed to provide a broad background to microbiology in the context of vital environmental processes. It is especially aimed at providing a broad knowledge base to students whose background is not in microbiology. An MCQ exam is an effective way to assess the range of knowledge that has been acquired. The ability to analyse an extensive body of information and quantitative skills will be tested through the coursework component of the course where they will prepare a presentation on the results of research on a specific topic relevant to microbial geochemistry and complete a practical problem involving thermodynamic calculations. This will provide them the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to work with several information sources to help answer specific scientific questions.