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Environmental Microbiology ( Water , Waste Mgt And Petroleum Resources And Toxicology)

COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

 Prerequisite: All students applying for this course are expected to have basic studies in Microbiology.

Course Justification 

The role of microoganisms in the natural environment can be felt almost in all environments. They are important in the adjustment of the environment and can therefore result in the gradual formation of useful products as to man as well as environmental pollution. This course addresses the role of such in the immediate environment and in industry and how they can be controlled or used in research and development with respect to the environment, waste treatment, waste water, bioremediation and other environmental aspects.

 Course Description

This is an advanced microbiology course for students who have already been introduced to basic microbiological concepts and techniques. This course covers the study of microorganisms in natural environments, including specialized techniques for sampling, culture, isolation and identification. We will learn about the ecology and diversity of microbial communities in soil, water, and air as well as in unusual environments such as deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Topics include wastewater treatment, bioremediation, biofilm engineering, and other applications related to public health, agriculture, food science, and industry. Students will read primary literature and are expected to participate in at least one field trip.

 Course Aim

The main goal is to know and understand the role of microbes in biogeochemical processes in different ecosystems. The students will learn the basic microbiological principles, the methods in microbial ecology and their theoretical and practical use. The knowledge can give the base for understanding processes and changes in the environment. The students will get some skills to recognise the ecological problems and critical evaluation of the human impacts on pollution, climate changes and as well as environmental protection.

Course expected learning outcome

At the end of the course, the students should be able to detect and analyze major forms of environmental pollutants with the ultimate goal of proffering ways of making the environment safer