Study programme 2020-2021Français
Environmental Microbiology
Programme component of Master's in Biology of Organisms and Ecology à la Faculty of Science

Students are asked to consult the ECTS course descriptions for each learning activity (AA) to know what special Covid-19 assessment methods are possibly planned for the end of Q3

CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
US-M1-BIOECO-042-MOptional UEGILLAN DavidS828 - Protéomie et Microbiologie
  • GILLAN David

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Français
Français53500033.002nd term

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
S-BIOG-060Environmental Microbiology535000Q2100.00%
Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • In the field of biological sciences and particularly in the field of the biology of organisms and ecology, possess highly specialised and integrated knowledge and a wide range of skills adding to those covered in the Bachelor's programme in biological sciences.
  • Conduct extensive research and development projects related to biological sciences, in the biology of organisms and ecology.
    • Apply, mobilise, articulate and promote the knowledge and skills acquired in order to help lead and complete a project.
    • Contributing to a project by mastering its complexity and taking into account the objectives, allocated resources and constraints that characterise it.
    • Show initiative and be able to work independently and in teams.
  • Manage and lead research, development and innovation projects.
    • Understand unprecedented problems in biological sciences, and more specifically in the biology of organisms, ecology and its applications.
    • Organise and lead a research, development or innovation project to completion.
    • Methodically research valid scientific information, critically analyse, propose and argue potentially innovative solutions to targeted problems.
  • Apply scientific methodology.
    • Critically reflect on the impact of their discipline in general, and on the contribution to projects.
    • Demonstrate thoroughness, independence, creativity, intellectual honesty, and ethical values.

Learning Outcomes of UE

After this teaching, the students will control the essential concepts of Environmental Microbiology

Content of UE

The purpose of this training course is, first, to learn the field sampling techniques used to recover cells and environmental DNA from various environmental samples. The considered environments will be a river (water and sediment), soil, a wastewater treatment plant, and air. Symbiotic bacteria and biofilms will also be considered. Students will then learn how to remove contaminants from DNA preparations (removal of metals and humic acids), increase the amount of DNA (GenomiPhi amplifications) and quantify the DNA (Nanodrop and PicoGreen methods). Pitfalls specific to the soil environment will be considered. Students will also learn how to isolate specific bacteria by cultivation and use enrichment procedures. The quantitative PCR approach will finally be used to target specific genes in the environmental samples.

Prior Experience

General Microbiology (Bac Bloc 3)

Type of Assessment for UE in Q2

  • Presentation and/or works

Q2 UE Assessment Comments

Students will be evaluated on their report and work at the laboratory.

Type of Assessment for UE in Q3

  • Presentation and/or works

Q3 UE Assessment Comments

Students will be evaluated on their report and work at the laboratory.

Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Face to face

Required Reading


Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools
S-BIOG-060Not applicable

Recommended Reading


Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools
S-BIOG-060Not applicable

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
S-BIOG-060Not applicable

Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de génération : 09/07/2021
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