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EV5303
Environmental Microbiology & Biotechnology
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor Graeme Paton

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Co-requisite(s): None.

The course starts with an introduction to microbiology and then covers soil and aquatic microbial ecology, and bacterial, archaeal and fungal ecology. Microbial diversity and ecosystem function are covered with an emphasis on molecular techniques. There is also a computer-based practical on phylogeny. The course continues with an introduction to environmental biotechnology and then covers reporter and marker genes, biosensors, bioremediation, geomicrobiology, plant biotechnology, and the application of molecular techniques in biotechnology. There is also a tutorial on genetically modified crops and ethics, as well as background on commercial exploitation of biotechnology, and a laboratory-based practical.

3 two-hour lectures per week, 2 guest lectures, 2 tutorials, 2 three-hour practicals.

Continuous assessment based on a presentation (35%) and a grant application (75%); no written examination.

EV5505
Critical Review in Environmental Sciences
CREDIT POINTS 7.5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Graeme Paton and Dr Zachary Hickman

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Literature review of scientific literature.

1 one-hour introductory tutorial, 1 two-hour tutorial per week.

Continuous assessment based on 3 written assessments: 2 short assessments (15% each) and 1 written literature review (70%); no written examination.

EV5507
Skills for Environmental Microbiology
CREDIT POINTS 7.5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Graeme I Paton

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Note(s): MSc Environmental Microbiology (compulsory)

Bacteria, archaea, fungi
Microbiological techniques: aseptic techniques, media preparation, culture techniques (aerobic/anaerobic), identification, staining, batch culture, enumeration
Culture collections & maintenance of cultures
Winogradsky columns

10 three-hour practicals/tutorials.

Continuous assessment based on a laboratory notebook (100%), no written examination.

EV5510
Introduction to GIS
CREDIT POINTS 7.5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr L. Page

Pre-requisite(s): x

x

EV5511
Spatial Information Analysis
CREDIT POINTS 7.5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr L. Page

Pre-requisite(s): x

x

EV5512
Environmental Science Research & Investigation
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr. Zachary Hickman & Prof. Graeme Paton

Pre-requisite(s):

Research and investigation project involving (where applicable) project planning, experimental design, sampling design, independent data collection, modelling and interpretation

No formal contact but regular meetings with supervisory team for the research project as well as technical supervision in the laboratory and/or field (as appropriate).

The Environmental Science Research & Investigation project write-up will be in the syle of a manuscript for an agreed academic journal reflecting the particular discipline of the research project conducted. The field/laboratory notebook will also be submitted to ensure that the data are original and collected by the student. Marks are awarded both on account of the quality of the research performed, on the data analysis carried out, as well as the presentation and interpretation of the results. There are two internal University markers, one of them being the project supervisor.

EV5800
Environmental Analysis
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor Andy Meharg

Pre-requisite(s):

Aims: To provide a sound insight into the basis of the chemical analysis of selected ecological materials such as plants, soils, natural waters and the atmosphere.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the course you should:

1. be able to plan sampling strategies for investigation of any specified environmental problem.

2. have a reasonable knowledge of sampling, subsampling and sample preparation procedures.

3. be capable of working from books and papers, rather than simplified instruction sheets.

4. have a working knowledge of selected modern methods of instrumental analysis.

5. be capable of handling routine analytical calculations.

3 lectures per week, and 6 full-day practicals.

Continual assessment based on weekly practical reports and an essay.

EV58AP
Advanced Project in Environmental Science
CREDIT POINTS 90

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Graeme I Paton

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Students who have passed the taught components on the MSc Environmental Science programme will be permitted to proceed to this course.

Course Aims:
To demonstrate critical thinking within a selected research subject
To collect, manage and interpret empirical and/or modelled data
To write in a scientific manner similar to that required by peer-reviewed publications

Main Learning Outcomes:
How to manage time and resources in a research project
To review scientific literature
How to link project data to scientific literature findings
To interpret data and present it in a valid and critical manner
To develop a critical appraisal of a research project and place this in a scientific context
To demonstrate written and oral communication as a research scientist
To maintain a laboratory or field notebook

Content: Research project involving independent data collection, modelling and interpretation.

No formal contact but regular meetings with supervisory team for the research project as well as technical supervision in the laboratory and/or field (as appropriate)

The thesis will be in the style of manuscript for an agreed academic journal reflecting the particular discipline of the research project conducted. The field/laboratory notebook will also be submitted to make sure that the data are original and collected by the student. Marks are awarded both on account of the quality of the research performed, on the data analysis carried out, as well as the presentation and interpretation of the results. There are two internal University markers, one of them being the project supervisor.

EV58PP
PgDip Project in Environmental Microbiology
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Professor Graeme Paton

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): This course is for students who are undertaking the PgDip Environmental Microbiology programme.

Research project (laboratory- or library-based) involving review of scientific literature, data collection, modelling and/or interpretation.

No formal contact but regular meetings with supervisory team for the research project as well as technical supervision in the laboratory and/or field (as appropriate).

The assessment will be in the style of a manuscript for an agreed scientific journal in the discipline of Environmental Microbiology. The notebook will also be submitted to make sure that the information/data were collected by the student. Marks are awarded both on account of the quality of the research performed, the data analysis carried out, as well as the presentation and interpretation of the results. There are two internal University markers, one of them being the project supervisor.

EV5900
Practical Applications in Environmental Science
CREDIT POINTS 7.5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Graeme I Paton and Dr Zachary Hickman,

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Course Aims:
To enable students to understand the application of their discipline in the work environment
To use key skills in presenting information and making informed and strategic programmes
To understand how businesses operate and reach decisions

Main Learning Outcomes:
Have a broad understanding of the environment in a real world context
To appreciate decision making strategies
To understand how to validate information and consider source reliability
To explain environmental auditing
To develop an environmental management system

Content: This is a tutorial based course with the engagement of external stakeholders both from Government and Private Industry. There is a description and application of environmental management and auditing and the needs and directions of future intentions. Basic aspects of EIA, EMS and appropriate auditing are covered by means of case studies. Learning is supported by means of electronic resources.

Two 2-hour tutorials and 1 external speaker per week

Continual assessment: Defining the term carbon taxation and how to implement a strategy (50%), case study of an environmental management system for an individual business, written report and presentation (50%)

EV5901
Short Project in Environmental Sciences
CREDIT POINTS 40

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Graeme I Paton

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Course Aims:
To demonstrate critical thinking within a selected research subject
To collect, manage and interpret empirical and/or modelled data
To write in a scientific manner similar to that required by peer-reviewed publications

Main Learning Outcomes:
How to manage time and resources in a research project
To review scientific literature
How to link project data to scientific literature findings
To interpret data and present it in a valid and critical manner
To develop a critical appraisal of a research project and place this in a scientific context
To demonstrate written and oral communication as a research scientist
To maintain a laboratory or field notebook

Content: Research project involving independent data collection, modelling and interpretation.

No formal contact but regular meetings with supervisory team for the research project as well as technical supervision in the laboratory and/or field (as appropriate)

The thesis will be in the style of manuscript for an agreed academic journal reflecting the particular discipline of the research project conducted. The field/laboratory notebook will also be submitted to make sure that the data are original and collected by the student. Marks are awarded both on account of the quality of the research performed, on the data analysis carried out, as well as the presentation and interpretation of the results. There are two internal University markers, one of them being the project supervisor.

EV5902
Project in Environmental Science
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Graeme I Paton

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Students who have passed the taught components on the MSc Environmental Science programme will be permitted to proceed to this course.

Course Aims:
To demonstrate critical thinking within a selected research subject
To collect, manage and interpret empirical and/or modelled data
To write in a scientific manner similar to that required by peer-reviewed publications


Main Learning Outcomes:
How to manage time and resources in a research project
To review scientific literature
How to link project data to scientific literature findings
To interpret data and present it in a valid and critical manner
To develop a critical appraisal of a research project and place this in a scientific context
To demonstrate written and oral communication as a research scientist
To maintain a laboratory or field notebook

Content: Research project involving independent data collection, modelling and interpretation.

No formal contact but regular meetings with supervisory team for the research project as well as technical supervision in the laboratory and/or field (as appropriate)

The thesis will be in the style of manuscript for an agreed academic journal reflecting the particular discipline of the research project conducted. The field/laboratory notebook will also be submitted to make sure that the data are original and collected by the student. Marks are awarded both on account of the quality of the research performed, on the data analysis carried out, as well as the presentation and interpretation of the results. There are two internal University markers, one of them being the project supervisor.

EV5903
Literature Review in Environmental Sciences
CREDIT POINTS 3

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Graeme I Paton and Dr Zachary Hickman

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Note(s): MSc Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Science and Soil Science (compulsory)

Course Aims:
To review the scientific literature linked towards a research subject
To demonstrate critical thinking within a selected research subject

Main Learning Objectives:
To review and understand scientific literature
To demonstrate written communication as a research scientist
To develop a critical appraisal of published research.

Content: Literature review of scientific literature

No formal contact but regular meetings with supervisory team for the research project

Written literature review; there are two internal University markers, one of them being the project supervisor

EV59AP
Advanced Project in Environmental Microbiology
CREDIT POINTS 90

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Graeme I Paton

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Students who have passed the taught components on the MSc Environmental Microbiology programme will be permitted to proceed to this course.

Course Aims:
To demonstrate critical thinking within a selected research subject
To collect, manage and interpret empirical and/or modelled data
to write in a scientific manner similar to that required by peer-reviewed publications

Main Learning Outcomes:
How to manage time and resources in a research project
To review scientific literature
How to link project data to scientific literature findings
To interpret data and present it in a valid and critical manner
To develop a critical appraisal of a research project and place this in a scientific context
To demonstrate written and oral communication as a research scientist
To maintain a laboratory or field notebook

Content: Research project involving independent data collection, modelling and interpretation.

No formal contact but regular meetings with supervisory team for the research project as well as technical supervision in the laboratory and/or field (as appropriate)

The thesis will be in the style of manuscript for an agreed academic journal reflecting the particular discipline of the research project conducted. The field/laboratory notebook will also be submitted to make sure that the data are original and collected by the student. Marks are awarded both on account of the quality of the research performed, on the data analysis carried out, as well as the presentation and interpretation of the results. There are two internal University markers, one of them being the project supervisor.