Environmental Microbiology and Ecology (2202ENG)

This course introduces the importance of microorganisms to natural and man made ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles, trophic pathways and their beneficial applications to modern industry. The course provides an understanding of the relationships of living organisms - microorganisms, plants and animals with each other and their abiotic environment. Fundamentals include microbial metabolism (aerobic and anaerobic respiration, photosynthesis, chemosynthesis, energy transformation); cellular transport (diffusion, osmosis and active transport); microbial growth; microbial genetics and environmentally significant biochemical pathways. The taxonomic classification of autotrophic and heterotrophic organisms will be covered together with their resource requirements - light, oxygen and nutrients. Ecosystem concepts of food webs, energy flow and mineral cycles, including the bioaccumulation and biomagnification of pollutants. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of micro-organisms in decomposition, biogeochemical cycles, waste water treatment, bioremediation, water quality and human and ecosystem health. The laboratories cover microbial biodiversity, techniques for the culture, staining and emumeration of microorganisms, animal and plant diversity with emphasis on bioindicators, water quality and macroinvertebrate sampling.

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level

Undergraduate

Student contribution band

Band 2

Usually available

Nathan Trimester 1

Course offerings and timetables

Convenor

Key dates

Course start date
25 February 2019
Last day to add a course
10 March 2019
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
24 March 2019
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
28 April 2019

Please view the full class and additional timetable information for School of Engineering and Built Environment

Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Lecture
Lecture (10701) Monday 16:00 - 17:50
Weeks 1 - 7, 8 - 12
N16 0.06
Macrossan Building
Nathan Campus
Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend one Laboratory
Laboratory (14323) Full Wednesday 13:00 - 15:50
Weeks 1 - 7, 8 - 12
N55 -1.08A
Environment 1 Building
Nathan Campus
Laboratory (14322) Open Wednesday 13:00 - 15:50
Weeks 1 - 7, 8 - 12
N55 -1.08A
Environment 1 Building
Nathan Campus
Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Tutorial
Tutorial (14321) Open Tuesday 08:00 - 08:50
Weeks 1 - 7, 8 - 12
N34 0.05
Science 2 Building
Nathan Campus