COURSE DESCRIPTION

Environmental microbiology


Programme:

Earth and Environmental Sciences (2nd level)

Modul:
Biodiversity, ecology and evolution (2nd Cycle)

Course code: MIB01
Year of study: none


Course principal:
Assoc. Prof. Janez Mulec, Ph. D.

ECTS: 6

Workload: lectures 30 hours, seminar 30 hours, tutorial 10 hours, field work 10 hours, individual work 70 hours.
Course type: elective
Languages: Slovene, English
Learning and teaching methods: lectures, laboratory work, field work, individual elaboration of a selected research question and its presentation as a seminar.

 

Course syllabus (download)

Prerequisites:

First-cycle Bologna degree or a university degree in the natural sciences.

 

Content (Syllabus outline):

  • General methodology
  • Biogeochemical cycling
  • Hydro-ecosphere (water microbiology and public health)
  • Litho-ecosphere (soil, subsurface, landfills)
  • Atmo-ecosphere and aerobiology
  • Biotransformation and biodegradation

 

Readings:

  • Madigan, M., Bender, K.S., Buckley, D.H., Sattley, W.M., Stahl, D. (2019). Brock Biology of Microorganisms. (15th Edition) Pearson, New York, USA, Unit I: 1. The Microbial World, 2. Microbial Cell Structure and Function, 3. Microbial Metabolism, Unit III: Biotechnolgy and Synthetic Biology, Unit V: 19. Taking the Measure of Microbial Systems, 20. Microbial Ecosystems, 21. Nutrient Cycles in Nature, 22. Microbiology of the Build Environment.
  • Selected articles from scientific journals.

 

Objectives and competences:

Environmental microbiology addresses the role that microorganisms play in biogeochemical cycling in all planetary environments. Microorganisms in the air, water and soil interact with environment, and have a considerable impact on human health and welfare.

 

Throughout the course, the students will become acquainted with basic principles of environmental microbiology, biogeochemical cycling, general analytical methodologies and detection of microbial activity and control of pathogens in the environment.

 

Intended learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge of methods and concepts in
  • environmental microbiology.
  • Ability to design experiments and interpret
  • microbiological results.
  • Knowledge of selected software and applications for analyses in environmental microbiology and modern research trends.

 

Assessment:

Seminar paper (50 %), written examination, oral examination (50 %).

MODULE GENERAL ELECTIVE COURSES

Biology of subterranean habitats ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Tanja Pipan, Ph. D. ,

ECTS: 9

Environmental microbiology ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Janez Mulec, Ph. D. ,

ECTS: 6

Fundamentals of ecology ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Tanja Pipan, Ph. D. ,

ECTS: 9

Habitats and nature conservation ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Urban Šilc, Ph. D. ,

ECTS: 9

Selected topics from behavioural biology ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Simona Kralj-Fišer, Ph. D. ,

ECTS: 3

The basics of biological processes ǀ

Assist. Prof. Matjaž Gregorič, Ph. D. ,

ECTS: 3