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Course offers "Environmental Technology"


The Chair Environmental Microbiology (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Szewzyk) offers the following courses for the degree course "Environmental Technology" (teaching language is German). Only the modul "Microbial Ecology" is in english.

Principles of Environmental Technology

Module "Principles of Environmental Technology I"
L702
General Biology                        

IV
2 SWS
2 LP
SS
Basic principles of biology, cell structure, introduction in modern genetics, basic metabolic pathways and introduction in hygiene and parasitology.

Performance evaluation:
written examination


Required subject for bachelor degree course "Environmental Technology" (2nd semester)
Module "Principles of Environmental Technology III"
L723
Exercises in Environmental Microbiology
PR
2 SWS
4 LP
SS
Basic methods of environmental microbiology such as microscopy, cultivation, quantification, isolation and characterisation of microorganisms.

Performance evaluation:
certification of credits


L725
Environmental Microbiology/Toxicology
IV
2 SWS
2 LP
SS
Hygiene in drinking water, wastewater, soil and air; test systems for registration of toxicity and mutagenity.

Performance evaluation: written examination (admission requirement: certification from course L 723)


L734
Systems Ecology

IV
2 SWS
2 LP
SS
Ecology of selected systems. Terestrial biotops (soil, wood), limnic biotops (rivers, lakes) as well as marine and several extreme biotops.

Performance evaluation: written examination (admission requirement: certification from course L 723)


Required subject for bachelor degree course "Environmental Technology" (4th semester)
Literature:

  • Madigan, M.T. et al. (2001): Brock Mikrobiologie. Heidelberg-Berlin:Spektrum Verlag
  • Odum,E.P. (1999) Ökologie. Georg Thieme Verlag

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Core Module Environmental Microbiology

Core Module "Environmental Microbiology"
L724
Environmental Microbiology

IV
2 SWS
3 LP
WS
Description of microbiological methods for enrichment and isolation of microorganisms from natural habitats and technical systems. Detection and quantification of specific physiological groups using different methods, discussion and critical reflection of limitations and error sources when using them in complex systems.

Proficiency record: oral examination


L729
Basic Methods in Environmental Microbiology
PR
3 SWS
3 LP
SS
Introduction in the use of microbiological methods for the detection and quantification of microorganisms in natural and technical systems (microscopy, growth on selective media, PCR, hybridisations, bioassays)

Course achievement: Cooperation and protocols


Requirement: Module "Principles of Environmental Technology III"

Literature:

  • Eckhard Bast: Mikrobiologische Methoden, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag
  • Madigan, M.T. et al. (2001): Brock Mikrobiologie. Heidelberg-Berlin:Spektrum Verlag

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Extension Module "Microbial Diversity"
L704
Eukaryotic Microbiology: Fungi and Protozoans
IV
3 SWS
4 LP
each semester
Part 1: Microscopy, morphological determination of fungi, degradation experiments, isolation of fungi, comparison of fungi communities, field trip.

Part 2: Microscopic analysis and determination of protozoans, grazing experiments with pure cultures of ciliates, analysis of protozoans from different environmental units.

Performance evaluation
: cooperation and protocols


L705
Diversity of eukaryotic microorganisms

VL
2 SWS
2 LP
each semester
Part 1: Introduction in mycology, systematics, ecology, lichens, interactions, degradation potential, pathogens and destroyer of materials, description using  morphological and molecular biological methods for detection of fungi.

Part 2:
Overview of the diversity of protozoans (morphology, ecology). Special focus on the role of protozoans in practice (parasites, hosts for pathogens, role in environmental biotechnology).

Performance evaluation: oral examination


Requirement: Module "Environmental Microbiology"
Note:

  • 2 week block course during the semester break; preliminary talk at the beginning of the semester
  • IV and VL can't be attended separately


Extension Module "Environmental Biotechnology"
L721
Biology of Treatment Processes
IV
2 SWS

3 LP
WS
Presentation of biological and microbiological principles for the treatment
of wastewater, discharged air and waste. For degree courses "Process Engineering", "Environmental Engineering" and "Biotechnology".


L722
Degradation of Toxic Substances
IV
2 SWS
3 LP
WS
Introduction in biochemistry of degradation of toxic substances under aerobic and anaerobic conditions and in different treatment processes.


Requirement: Module "Environmental Microbiology"
Performance evaluation: oral examination
Extension Module "Microbial Ecology"
L727
Modern Methods in Microbial Ecology
IV
4 SWS
4 LP
SS
Acquisition and application of different methods for the detection of microorganisms (FISH, PCR) and especially detection of activity of organisms (chances and limits of cultivation, chromogenic and fluorogenic substrates, life / dead differentation).

2 week block course during semester break; preliminary talk at the beginning of the semester

Performance evaluation: cooperation and protocol


L737
Microbial Ecology


VL
2 SWS

2 LP
SS
Skills of microorganisms to survive and be metabolic active under different environmental conditions using the examples drinking water, soil, sea ice and deep sea. Potential of microorganisms to form complexe communities partly socially organised using the example of biofilms and microbial mats in different habitats. Role of microorganisms in local and global cycle processes.

Performance evaluation: oral examination


Requirement: Module "Environmental Microbiology";
Recommended: Module "Environmental Biotechnology"

Literature:

  • Madigan, M.T. et al. (2001): Brock Mikrobiologie. Heidelberg-Berlin:Spektrum Verlag
Extension Module "Aquatic Microbiology"
L742
Study Trip and Interpretation National Park "Unteres Odertal"
IV
3 SWS
4 LP

SS
Examination of different location in the national park by small groups of students focussed on limnological parameters and especially microbial indicators and important environmental organisms. The results are presented at the end of the trip by each group using PowerPoint presentations and subsequently prepared in protocols and posters.

Several day study trip during semester break; preliminary talk at the beginning of the semester

Performance evaluation: cooperation and poster

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L743
National Park "Unteres Odertal"

SE
2 SWS
2 LP
SS

To prepare the study trip, presentations about different topics are given in the seminar by the students (geological and histrorical development of the examination area, ecology of floodplains, biology of the most important members of plants and animals in and around floodplains.

Performance evaluation
: presentation


Requirements: Module "Environmental Microbiology";
Recommended: VL L 737 "Microbial Ecology"

Literature:

  • Limnologie aktuell Bd. 9, Nationalpark Unteres Odertal, Schweizerbarthsche Verlagshandlung
  • Brock: Biology of Microorganisms, sowie Spezialliteratur in der Bibliothek des FG Umweltmikrobiologie

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Areas of Concentration

The following areas of concentration can be choosen combining two extension modules:


Areas of Concentration

Extension Modules

SP "Aquatic Microbiology":
EM "Aquatic Microbiology"
+
EM "Microbial Ecology"


SP "Environmental Biotechnology":
EM "Environmental Biotechnology"
+
EM "Microbial Diversity"


SP "Applied Environmental Microbiology":
EM "Environmental Biotechnology"
+
EM "Aquatic Microbiology"


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List of abbreviation

  • EM =extension module
  • IV = integrated course
  • LP = credit points
  • PR = practical course
  • SE = seminar
  • SP = area of concentration
  • SS = summer semester
  • SWS = credit hours
  • VL = lecture
  • WS = winter semester



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Auxiliary Functions

Head of Chair

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulrich Szewzyk
sec. BH 6-1
Room BH-N 604
Tel +49 30 314 73 461


Consultation hours:
Wed 12:00 am - 1:00 pm

Secretariat

Bärbel Minx
sec. BH 6-1
Room BH-N 603
Tel +49 30 314 73 460

Consultation hours:
Mon - Fri

Adress Chair of Environmental Microbiology

Environmental Microbiology
Institute of Environmental Technology
Faculty Faculty of Process Sciences
sec. BH 6-1
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1
10587 Berlin
Tel +49 30 314 73 460
Fax +49 30 314 73 673

Study Trip to Odertal

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Practical course "Protozoans"

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