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Cursus: NWI-BM014D
NWI-BM014D
Microbiology of Wetland Ecosystems
Cursus informatieRooster
CursusNWI-BM014D
Studiepunten (ECTS)3
CategorieMA (Master)
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorRadboud Universiteit; Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica; BioWetenschappen;
Docenten
Coördinator
prof. dr. L.A.M.P. van Niftrik
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
prof. dr. L.A.M.P. van Niftrik
Overige cursussen docent
Docent
dr. O. Rasigraf
Overige cursussen docent
Docent
dr. M.J. Smeulders
Overige cursussen docent
Collegejaar2016
Periode
KW1  (29-08-2016 t/m 06-11-2016)
Aanvangsblok
KW1
Onderwijsvorm
voltijd
Opmerking-
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
VoorinschrijvingNee
WachtlijstNee
Plaatsingsprocedure-
Cursusdoelen
The course will make you familiar with the main biogeochemical cycles on earth, exemplified in wetland ecosystems, and the diversity of microorganisms that are driving these element cycles. After having followed this course you will be able to
  • understand on a global level the microbial processes involved in wetland carbon, nitrogen and sulfur cycles
  • understand the various forms of energy metabolism of microorganisms. You understand the redox tower and can explain the concepts of symbiosis, syntrophy and competition. Based on this, you can predict which processes are likely to occur under given circumstances
  • choose the most appropriate method(s) currently used in microbial ecology to answer specific question on the role of microorganisms in aquatic ecosystems, and critically evaluate their advantages and shortcomings 
  • critically read and evaluate a scientific manuscript, and explain its essence and your judgment to your peers
  • collaborate in a small group to discuss and present scientific work, and incorporate constructive feedback in preparation of presentations
Based on this, you are able to formulate relevant research questions and approaches about the role of microorganisms in wetland ecosystems.
Inhoud
This course is an integral part of the Master's programme Adaptive Organisms, but also relevant for the MSc specialization Communities and Ecosystems as well as Water and Environment. It introduces you to different wetland ecosystems, their overall functioning and highlights the role of microbes in the biogeochemical cycles of nitrogen, sulfur and methane.

Special attention is given to microbial production and consumption of greenhouse gases, as well as the exploitation of mixed microbial communities for biotechnology and bioremediation.

After lectures providing you with an overview of the element cycles and methods to study microorganisms, you will take over and prepare (in couples) presentations on current methods for microbiological research and a case study focusing on microorganisms' role in elemental cycle.

Toetsinformatie
Oral examination 30 min, on the last Friday of the course.
Voorkennis
Knowledge on fundamental aspects of microbiology and biogeochemistry. This knowledge can be acquired by previous courses like Geomicrobiology, Biology of Microorganisms and Ecological Microbiology or by individual study of relevant chapters of the textbook "Brock - Biology of Microorganisms".
Literatuur
Relevant chapters in Brock Biology of micro organismhand-outs and 4 scientific papers will be available via black board
Werkvormen

• 4 hours guided group project work
• 14 hours lecture
• 20 hours group project work without guidance
• 30 hours individual project work without guidance
• 10 hours student presentation
• 2 hours question session
• 4 hours individual study period
Extra information teaching methods:
Verplicht materiaal
Blackboard
Aanbevolen materiaal
Boek
Brock Biology of Microorganisms
ISBN:9781292018317
Werkvormen
Cursusgebeurtenis

Hoorcollege

Presentatie
AanwezigheidsplichtJa

Project
AanwezigheidsplichtJa

Responsiecollege

Zelfstudie

Toetsen
Tentamen
Weging1
GelegenhedenBlok KW1, Blok KW2

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