The various aspects of a course on use of technology from molecular biology to screen microorganism in environmental samples and to monitor microbial biocatalysts in reactors, is discussed. The objective of the course is to teach students to adapt techniques from molecular biology to address important issues in environmental engineering. In case of methanogens, design considerations in environmental engineering include stabilization of sewage sludge through anaerobic digestion and wastewater treatment. The hands-on format encourages students to develop scientific questions, learn appropriate methodology, conduct careful experimentation, and draw conclusions worthy of presentation.
D. B. Oerther, "Principles of Biology in Environmental Engineering: Molecular Biology-Based Identification of Microorganisms," Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference (2002, Montreal, Quebec, Canada), pp. 3649-3655, American Society of Engineering Education, Jun 2002.
ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Vive L'ingenieur (2002: Jun. 16-19, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Keywords and Phrases
Microbial catalysts; Molecular biology-based identification; Newtonian physics; Toxicology; Cost effectiveness; Curricula; Engineering education; Information retrieval; Microorganisms; Molecular biology; Potable water; RNA; Students; Teaching; Technical presentations; Environmental engineering
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Article - Conference proceedings
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01 Jun 2002