Students should gain understanding of the role of microorganisms in their environment and how this knowledge can be used to solve environmental and industrial problems.
Students should be able to utilize the knowledge gained on the role and importance of microorganisms in the environment and how the knowledge can be exploited. Students will be able to apply this knowledge in both real life and in a laboratory setting. In addition students will gain some basic environmental microbiology laboratory skills.
To build on their prior knowledge of environmental microbiology giving students a deeper understanding of the impact of microorganisms on the environment and how to apply this knowledge in order to utilize microorganisms for bioremediation and in the oil industry.
Module 1: Environmental Microbiology.
In this module the course will cover advanced topics in environment microbiology related to microbial communities the relationships between microorganisms and microbial processes in different environments. In additions this section will also include methods used for the study of microbial communities such as metagenomics.
Module 2: Bioremediation
The bioremediation modules student will cover acclimation, detoxification, sorption, and bioavailability, effect of chemical structure on biodegradation, xenobiotics, cometabolism and application of bioremediation strategies.
Module 3: Oil Reservoir microbiology
This topic covers microbial communities in oil reservoirs, reservoir souring, biocorrosion and biofouling, microbial upgrading of oil and microbial influenced oil recovery.
Module 4: Methods in Environmental microbial biotechnology
This section will involve compulsory laboratory sessions relating to the other 3 modules. In addition the students will learn about the methods used in environmental biotechnology
Required prerequisite knowledge
- MLJ520 Environmental Microbiology
- BIO220 Microbiology
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If the project or assignments are evaluated to a failing grade, these can be re-written the next ordinary term for the subject.
The students will complete a project were they are required to write a review article and give a presentation on a subject related to the course as provided by the teacher and they will be required to complete all class assignments.
Completion of mandatory lab assignments are to be made at the times and in the groups that are assigned and published on Canvas. Absence due to illness or for other reasons must be communicated to the laboratory personnel as soon as possible. One cannot expect that provisions for completion of the lab assignments at other times can be made, unless prior arrangements with the laboratory personnel have been agreed.
Failure to complete the assigned labs on time or not having them approved will result in barring from taking the final course exam.
Method of work
The course is based primarily on a series of lectures, but will also include a project and presentation and some Laboratory work and lab reports.
Environmental Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme
Last updated: 03.08.2020