Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9101036202003BiodegradationElective128
Level of Course Unit
Third Cycle
Language of Instruction
Turkish
Objectives of the Course
This lecture is aimed to introduce microbial biotechnology, concentrating on the exploitation of microorganisms in the environment and to understand the role of microorganisms in the biodegradation of priority pollutants in soils and groundwater. Moreover, the course gives an information to the students about the control and stimulation of biodegradative processes in contaminated environments, and their environmental impact factors influencing the choice of decontamination methodology used at a given site, and techniques of practical bioremediation.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Doç. Dr. Alper AKKAYA
Learning Outcomes
1Gain a through knowledge of aerobic and anaerobic degradation metabolism of xenobiotics and discuss the pathways.
2Be able to follow up recent data.
3Ability to present the results of studies to the class by means of oral presentations
4Define biodegradation and describe the methods of biodegradation
5Be able to read scientific literature and interpret the knowledge
6Be able to use modern library searching and retrieval methods to obtain information about a topic an issue relating to biodegradation pathways of xenobiotics.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Introduction to biodegradation and biodegradation methods of natural products. Environmental problems caused by bioresistant compounds, aerobic metabolism (aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, halogeneted aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons, nitro aromatic compounds, polychlorobiphenyls, lignin and lignosulphans, surfactans, synthetic organic dyes, pesticides, synthetic polymers, plastics), anaerobic metabolism (substitued organic compounds, dehalogenization reactions, hydrocarbons), the use of special microorganisms in the degradation of bioresistant chemicals (industrial wastes, decontamination of soil). Analysis of degradation products, toxicity tests
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction to Biodegraditon: Characteristics of Aerobic microorganisms Capable of Degrading Organic Pollutants
2Environmental problems caused by bioresistant compounds and isolation of organisms having a pollutant potential
3Principles of Bacterial Degradation, Degradative Capacities of Fungi
4Aerobic metabolism: Biodegradation of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, halogeneted aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons, nitro aromatic compounds, polychlorobiphenyls.
5Aerobic metabolism: Biodegradation of lignin and lignosulphans
6Aerobic metabolism: Biodegradation of synthetic organic dyes
7Project presentation: Biodegradation of pesticides
8Mid-term Exam
9Project presentation: Biodegradation of synthetic polymers and plastics
10Anaerobic metabolism: Biodegradation of substitued organic compounds and dehalogenization reactions, biodegradation of hydrocarbons
11The use of special microorganisms in the degradation of bioresistant chemicals (industrial wastes, decontamination of soil)
12Pollutant script and solving a problem
13Analysis of degradation products
14Toxicity tests
15Project presentation
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Introductory Microbiology, J. Heritage, E.G.V. Evans, R.A. Killington, publisher/Edition: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 8175961031 Aspects of Microbial Metabolism & Ecology Geoffrey A. Codd Academic Pres, 1997/0121780503 Transition Metals in Microbial Metabolism Taylor & Francis, Inc 1997/9057022192 Functional Metabolism: Regulation and Adaptation Kenneth B. Storey2004/0-471-41090-X Biochemistry of Microbial Degradation Colin Ratledge Kluwer Academic Pub, 1994/0792322738 Bacterial Metabolism Gerhard Gottschalk Springer Verlag; 2nd Edition, Springer Series in Microbiology, 1997/0387961534
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the sections of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation".
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
SUM100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Sınavı1100
SUM100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
SUM100
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14342
Tutorial4312
Project Preparation31545
Project Presentation339
Individual Study for Mid term Examination12020
Individual Study for Final Examination13030
Reading14684
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)246
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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LO15   5  5    
LO2   5    5   
LO35   5     5 
LO454  5       
LO55   5   5   
LO65   55      
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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