Part of this Programme
Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS
Bachelor | Semestral | 5
Year | Type of course unit | Language
3 |Mandatory |Português
Total of Working Hours | Duration of Contact (hours)
125 | 60
Recommended complementary curricular units
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Environmental Biotechnology: Introduction, concepts and fundamentals Main sources and types of air, water and soil pollution. (Bio) sensors for environmental monitoring Basic concepts of environmental microbiology. Techniques and methods for identification and classification of microbial communities in the environment Kinetics and thermodynamics of biological systems Types of reactors used in environmental technology Biological treatment of wastewater: types and main characteristics. Biological tools: microbiology and phytotechnology Contaminated soils and Bioremediation / phytoremediation Biological treatment of gaseous emissions Sustainability of treatment processes. Production of energy from waste water / solid waste. Methodologies, technology, economic and financial aspects.
The curricular unit (UC) aims to provide an overview of the application of systems with a biological matrix in solving environmental problems, such as water / polluted soil remediation (o), and to instill the rationale for this approach.
Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired
The UC aims to give the student an understanding of existing scientific knowledge and biological technology with a view to protecting ecological systems and prospecting for future developments, in particular by covering energy systems. Additionally and considering the general design of the course, the UC complements the Toxicology and Waste Management CUs.
Teaching methodologies and assessment
Theoretical sessions where the basic concepts are presented, and how they can be applied to concrete cases is illustrated. Theoretical-practical sessions, where case studies are also presented and discussed where students should prepare a mini-report with a critical approach. In practical classes, specific aspects of selected topics are explored. The final classification of the course results from the weighted average of the theoretical (60%), theoretical-practical (20%) and laboratory (20%). The theoretical component is valued through two frequencies to be carried out during the semester (the average can not be less than 10 values, there is no minimum grade required in each frequency), or by final exam (10 values for approval). The student can choose to only be evaluated in this component by the final exam and not to perform the frequencies. Assessment of the theoretical-practical part based on the mini-reports Laboratory evaluation: laboratory performance (15%) + reports (75%).
Documentação disponibilizada pelo docente, nomeadamente apresentações powerpoint (ou similar) e material audiovisual diverso e artigos científicos, acessíveis através de plataformas digitais
Documentation made available by the lecturer, including slides and diverse audiovisual material and scientific articles, available through digital platforms
Evans, G. M. e Furlong G. M. (2011). Environmental Biotechnology - Theory and Application, 2nd Ed. Wiley-Blackwell:Oxford,UK (ISBN: 978-0-470-97514-5)