Course Title: Environmental Microbiology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environmental Microbiology

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Prof Margaret Deighton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7123

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.1.30A

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Microbiology to at least second year undergraduate level

Course Description

Environmental microbiology covers one important aspect of environmental microbiology: wastewater treatment and recycling.  The main topics covered will be industrial processing of wastewater, quality assurance of treated product, (biosolids), microbiological safety of biosolids, regulations regarding use of biosolids and options for recycling to agricultural and other uses. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course has a strong industry focus.  After learning about the industrial processes of wastewater treatment, students will have the opportunity to visit wastewater treatment plants that use different processes.  The knowledge gained from studying this course will equip students for a career in the water industry. 

After completing ths course students will have a theoretical and practical understanding of the industrial processes involved in wastewater treatment and the factors that must be considered prior to releasing treated material for use in agriculture. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Theoretical and practical aspects of wastewater treatment and recycling.

Overview of Learning Resources

Some Power point presentations and lecture recordngs will be made availale on the DLS.  There is no set textbook for this course.  Students will be referred to published works before and during the course. 

Overview of Assessment

Examination, reports on field trips, essay