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Environmental Microbiology (6 points)


Leader: Dr Alan Howgrave-Graham

Malaysia First semester 2003 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2003 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2004 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2004 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2004 (OCL)

Synopsis: This subject begins by examining the fundamental principles of microbial ecology and the basic methods used in this area. It then considers the role of microorganisms in biogeochemical nutrient cycles. Some important natural habitats for microorganisms such as air, fresh water and salt water are considered with the main discussion centred on soil. The roles of particular soil microorganisms within their microenvironments are explained with special attention being given to microorganisms involved in transformations of carbon and nitrogen. The role of microorganisms in composting, the management of pollution and as agents of bioremediation is discussed.

Assessment: Mid-semester written examination (2 hours): 35% + Final written examination (2 hours): 35% + Laboratory reports: 30%

Contact Hours: 3 hours lecture and 3 hours laboratory per week

Off-campus attendance requirements: OCDL students will spend 12 hours per week, which will include 39 hours of laboratory in residential school

Prerequisites: BTH2766

Prohibitions: ASC3697

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