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Module

CEG2607 : Geomicrobiology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jon Telling
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aims of this unit are to -
Introduce microorganisms and their study,
Introduce microbial processes of environmental and geochemical significance and
Provide detailed information on the most up to date methods for the study of microbial communities.
Introduce the analysis of microbial data sets.

The module introduces microbiology and microorganisms and explores their role in shaping the geochemistry of the Earth.
A survey of modern microorganisms and their activities of environmental and geochemical importance is an important foundation for the module as is the way that metabolic processes catalyzed by microorganisms are related to major elemental cycles, biogeochemical processes and contamination. The most up to date molecular methods used to study the diversity and activity of microorganisms in their natural habitats are detailed along with their benefits and limitations. The course is examined by unseen examination and a laboratory report assessment.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to Geomicrobiology
Diversity of microbial life
Controls on microbial activity and abundance
Geomicrobiology as a driver of global elemental cycles
Microbial processes of environmental significance
Metabolic diversity of microorganisms
Methods to study microorganisms
Applied geomicrobiology

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable