Applied and Environmental Microbiology - Institute of Technology ...


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Module Title:

Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Academic year:

2009 2010
Credit Value:

Pre- requisites:

Biology 1 & 2 and Microbiology (Semester3)

Final written exam 50%,
Practical assessment 35%,
Continuous assessment 15%


This module aims to provide the student with:
 A knowledge to explain the role of micro-
organisms in natural ecosystems such as air,
 water, soil in association with animals and plants
 Explain the use of indicator organisms in
managing water quality
 Explain the process of waste water treatments
and bioremediation of pollutants
 Explain the use of genetic engineering and
biotechnology and the importance of plasmids
 in nature and biotechnology.
 Practical skills and techniques in isolation and
identification of microorganisms in the
 Practical skills in the construction of a simple
bioreactor utilising microorganisms as biological

Module Content

Microbial cycling of N, S and C
Microbial Identification
The Extremophiles
Measuring Microbial Numbers and Activity In
Mobile Genetic Elements
Microbial mutagenesis:
The Microbiology of Water:
The History of Biotechnology:
Modern Biotechnology:

A series of laboratory practical sessions will be
provided to teach the essential skills and
techniques of environmental microbiology in the


Phone: Department of Computing: +35314042400

areas of microbial recovery, identification and
enumeration from air, water, surfaces and solids.
Intended Learning
(September 2007)

At the end of this module the student will be able to:
 Identify bio-geochemical cycles
 Monitor water and waste water quality
 Identify genetic engineering and the application
of genetic engineering in agriculture, medicine
and pollution control
 Understand the importance of plasmid transfer in
nature and medicine
 Identify common microorganisms
 Set up a bioreactor bioreactor to produce bio-
fuel alcohol from waste sugar
 Isolate naturally occurring plasmids from
bacteria and in curing bacteria of plasmids.