Microbes in Action
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
Taught In English
CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and 36 further 100-level points
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe ecology and functional diversity of microorganisms in natural ecosystems and the use of microorganisms in bioremediation, biocontrol, and industrial processes.Microbes are in action all around us. You will gain a practical knowledge of the use of microorganisms in bioremediation for improving the environment; in plant health for the control of pests and diseases; and in industrial processes from pharmaceuticals to food and beverage production.
Lectures will cover the following areas:
-Microbial evolution and ecology
-Microbial interactions and biogeochemical cycles
-Water microbiology and public health
-Putting microbes to work in the environment
-Lecture test 15% (usually in week 5 of the semester)
-Laboratory test 15% (usually in week 9 of the semester)
-3-hour final exam 70%
-Be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of microbiology in preparation for advanced laboratory skills in 300-level and in graduate papers
-Display a practical knowledge of fundamental and applied microbiology, with the ability to assimilate complex information on a spectrum of interdisciplinary topics and to use this knowledge for applications in the workplace
-Develop an ability to communicate ideas about science
Essential: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 9th edition, 2014, McGraw-Hill Publishers
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
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