GEOL30007 Geomicrobiology and Biogeochemistry
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:
Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: A total of 20 hours of lectures; 10 x three hour practicals; 2 x one day field trips |
Total Time Commitment:
Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours
Study Period Commencement:
Or any tertiary level biology or microbiology subject
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|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
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For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
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CoordinatorDr John Moreau
|Subject Overview:|| |
Geomicrobiology and biogeochemistry involve the study of interactions across interfaces of minerals, water, and microbes, and how such interactions impact environmental conditions and reflect evolution. This subject will survey the fundamental principles of geomicrobiology and biogeochemistry, explain how modern biological processes constrain many geochemical reactions, and show how palaeoenvironmental conditions impacted the evolution and preservation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms across geologic time. This subject will demonstrate how geomicrobiological and biogeochemical knowledge can be applied to problems in academic and government research, and in the petroleum, mineral or environmental industries. We will also look at contemporary “cross-over” applications of geomicrobiology/biogeochemistry to medical microbiology (e.g., coevolution of metals and antibiotic resistance), the microbiology and biogeochemistry of urban/built environments and astrobiological investigation of life’s potential to exist elsewhere in the known universe
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On completion of this subject, students will gain insights into links among microbial diversity and metabolic activity, biogeochemical cycles, the evolution of life on Earth and possibly elsewhere in the universe, and the significance of Earth’s fossil record for interpreting past and modern environments, climate and oceanography. Students will also become familiar with how microorganisms and fossils can be used for resolving practical problems in the petroleum, mining and environmental industries
Practical component (60% total) including:
o four short reading quizzes, approximately 250 words each due weeks 2, 4, 7 and 9(20%) and
o two lab reports totalling approximately 1000 words due weeks 5 and 11 (40%)
2-hour written examination will be given in the examination period (40%).
Topics selected from assigned readings will be assessed in the reading quizzes and final examination.
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To be advised.
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This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
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|Generic Skills:|| |
The generic skills acquired in this subject include:
This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.
Please note that there is a $100 course fee for this subject (lab materials and field trip costs)
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