Module title: Biotechnology for Sustainable Remediation

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MIC11110
Module leader: Ian Singleton
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Microbiology & Drug Discovery

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Ian Singleton
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
For Learning Outcomes 1-4, a combination of interactive lectures and tutorials will be used as well as site visits where appropriate. Tutorial activities will focus on small case studies which along with site visits will provide a real world context to the material delivered during lectures. Group and individual activities will centre on problem solving, data analysis and case analysis. Students will be expected to draw upon knowledge gained in other modules on the programme and the integrative report assessment will promote assimilation of this knowledge and application to the broader theme of environmental sustainability.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
Key employability skills are embedded and assessed throughout the module – including critical appraisal, written and oral communication, team work and IT skills.

Research/ teaching

Formative Assessment:
Students will engage in interactive sessions during lectures and tutorials and on-site visits with the opportunity for immediate feedback on their contributions (formative assessment). This will include critiquing research papers, case study analysis and on-site activities such as verbal questions and problem solving exercises (individual and group-based activities).

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment will consist of two major components; the first will take the form of an integrated report that will consider existing and emerging biotechnologies that may be used in the remediation of a particular environment. This will be linked to an appropriate site visit and will also consider the wider context of environmental sustainability. This assessment will provide the opportunity to integrate knowledge gained through this module and the environmental sustainability management module running concurrently. The second summative assessment takes the form of an end-of-trimester examination which will assess LOs 1 – 4).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 15
Face To Face Tutorial 18
Face To Face External visits 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 157
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1-4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Bioremediation of polluted terrestrial and aquatic environments; comparison with physical and chemical approaches; Soil bioremediation –biological methods such as biostimulation, bioaugmentation and in situ/ex situ technologies e.g. biopiles, composting and slurry reactors; Biological wastewater treatment systems including secondary and tertiary treatments e.g. fixed film and suspended growth systems and nutrient removal, process design and monitoring, operation control of wastewater processes; strategies for future sustainability of global water sources; Microbial activities and diversity in bioremediation; Potable water treatment processes; industrial pollution e.g. acid mine drainage, microbially enhanced oil recovery (MEOR)

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically appraise various biotechnologies and alternative approaches used to remediate polluted terrestrial and aquatic environments.
LO2: Critically assess the importance of various microbial communities in bioremediation processes.
LO3: Contrast the factors that might lead to variation in the capacity to bioremediate different polluted environments.
LO4: Research and present current opinions pertaining to environmental bioremediation and future sustainability.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MIC11110 Biotechnology for Sustainable Remediation