CHEE342

Environmental Biotechnology

Personnel

Instructor

Juliana RamsayDupuis 425juliana.ramsay@queensu.ca613-533-2770

TAs

Anuj Kaushal19ak48@queensu.ca
Sean MathewBioSci18bmb3@queensu.ca

Course Description

This course applies biochemical and microbial principles in the use of microbial systems to minimize or remediate environmental problems (such as acid mine drainage) and to examine microorganisms as the cause of environmental concerns (as in clean drinking water).  The application of biogeochemical cycles to processes such as the desulphurization of coal and crude oil, biocorrosion, mineral (eg uranium, copper and iron) leaching and composting will be studied. The role of biotechnology in replacing chemicals derived from the petrochemical industry will also be examined.



Objectives and Outcomes

This course applies biochemical and microbial principles in the use of microbial systems to minimize or remediate environmental problems (such as acid mine drainage) and to examine microorganisms as the cause of environmental concerns (as in clean drinking water).  The application of biogeochemical cycles to processes such as the desulphurization of coal and crude oil, biocorrosion, mineral (eg uranium, copper and iron) leaching and composting will be studied. The role of biotechnology in replacing chemicals derived from the petrochemical industry will also be examined.

Specific Course Learning Outcomes include:

CLO DESCRIPTION INDICATORS
CLO1 Describe the role of microorganisms in processes such as biofilm formation, biocorrosion, mineral leaching, composting, clean drinking water. KB-ES-Biochem(b)
CLO2 Explain how environmental conditions can be manipulated to enhance or retard the above processes. KB-ES-Biochem(b)
CLO3 Summarize the significance of the biorefinery concept and explain how plant biomass can be converted to fermentable substrates and subsequently microbially transformed into biochemicals, biopolymers and biofuels. KB-ES-Biochem(b)
CLO4 Critically analyze relevant journal articles and investigate industrial application of the above concepts.

KB-ES-Biochem(b)
COM

This course develops the following attributes at the 3rd year level:

Knowledge base, Engineering Science (KB-ES): Biochem (b) Applies foundations of science and engineering to analyze and solve biological, physiological, pharmaceutical, and/or environmental problems or processes.

Communications (COM): Produce clear, concise, precise and well-organized written and oral communication with language appropriate for the audience.

Relevance to the Program

This engineering science course covers aspects of microbial metabolism and microbially-mediated environmental and industrial problems or processes.  It builds on the fundamentals of CHEE 229 -Cell based Engineering Principles and the engineering skills taught in this course are complementary in 3rd and 4th year courses (CHEE 371 – Mitigation of Industrial Pollution, CHEE 380 – Biochemical Engineering, and CHEE 484 - Bioremediation).

Course Structure and Activities

This course represents a study period of one semester spanning 12 weeks. Learners can expect to invest on average 7-9 hours per week in this course. Learners who adhere to a pre-determined study schedule are more likely to successfully complete the course.

Resources

All course notes and course-related material are accessible via onQ

  • Lectures are in video format. Powerpoint slides (pdf) of the lectures are provided.
  • There is no textbook for this course. The majority of assigned readings are journal review articles, with links available on the course website at the appropriate section. This is supplemented with Youtube videos for which links are provided.
  • A Q&Asynchronous ZOOM session will be held weekly. You will be provided with review questions which you should complete before the Q&A session. The synchronous ZOOM Q&A will be recorded to be later uploaded on the course website. This recording will be used solely for the benefit of the students in CHEE 342 for review or for those who were unable to attend. Your privacy will be maintained as the recording will be on a Queen’s site and is not publically available. Your participation in the ZOOM Q&A implies your agreement to the recording. If you have any issues with this, please contact the instructor.
  • Tutorial materials are posted.