Courses Catalogue

Environmental Microbiology

COURSE CODE: ENV2209
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

This course is concerned with the structure, function, growth and classification of microscopic organisms and with ways of controlling and using their activities in environmental management.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

The need to impart knowledge on the relevance and applications of environmental chemistry and microbiology in managing environmental problems

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

§  identify the various types of microorganisms

§  recognize the vital role of microbial communities in the development of new and innovative strategies and products for the management and protection of the environment

§  examine the dynamic interactions between microbial communities and the environment and implications of this link in the world today

§  explain how the cell’s metabolism is affected by environmental changes and identify the consequences of this for the cell and for biotechnological production of recombinant proteins and cellular metabolites, and (in occasional cases) suggest measures to improve the production

§  categorize the different types of microbial energy metabolism and describe the interaction between these in the biogeochemical cycles in nature, and identify relevant types of metabolism for a given biotechnological process

§  describe the principles for soil sanitation and composting, discern possible problems and suggest measures to mitigate them

§  describe the most common chemical reactions involved in decomposition of food and how the physiological-chemical environment affects the development of microflora and the chemical decomposition reactions

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

A student completing the course is expected to:

§  gain competency and understanding of the significance of biological reactions in environmental problems and solutions.

§  Describe diversity in the microbial world including bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, microsporidia

§  Demonstrate knowledge of the methods for studying microbial populations and their function in the natural environment

§  Demonstrate knowledge of the application of microbial ecology principles for industrial, environmental or public health benefits