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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EES6107

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-05-10
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Grad Council approved 2/15/10; SCNS liaison notified 4/6/10; approved, effective 8/1/2010. PREFIX/NUMBER CHANGED from ENV 6511 to EES 6107. Posted in Banner

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2235 2009-11-10
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Civil and Environmental Engineering EN 0-2104-0000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Peter Stroot 3969323

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    EES 6107 Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering

    Is the course title variable? Y
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Biologica Princ of Environ Eng
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections) 0



    Course Description

    This course improves the student’s knowledge and problem solving skills with respect to the Biological Principles used by Environmental Engineers to design biological processes. Students will learn about microbial physiology and metabolism.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    There is growing demand for this course with more than 30 students registered in Fall 2009.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 3 or more times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Become familiar with the types of microorganisms utilized in biological processes used in Environmental Engineering. 2. Understand basic metabolism of microorganisms. 3. Understand how microorganisms affect human health and the environment. 4. Learn how environmental engineers and scientists use molecular biology tools as research tools.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    (1) Read and understand literature on microbiology, microbial ecology, and biotechnology.

    (2) Identify and understand how several types of microorganisms are utilized in biological processes

    (3) Identify pathogens and bioterrorism agents of interest to environmental engineers and scientists

    (4) Determine the environment and nutrients required for specific microbial populations

    (5) Identify and understand classical microbiology and molecular biology methods used to interrogate a biological process

    C. Major Topics

    Cell physiology; phylogeny; microbial metabolism; Monod kinetics; microbial growth for microbiologists and environmental engineers; molecular biology tools; introduction to biological processes used by environmental engineers

    D. Textbooks

    Brock Biology of Microorganisms by Michael T. Madigan and John Martinko, 12th Edition, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    Environmental Biotechnology by Bruce Rittman and Perry McCarty

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases


    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Homework (3) 15%

    Reports (2) 20%

    Quizzes (Blackboard; 5) 25%

    Mid-Term Exam 20%

    Final Exam 20%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Homework (3) 15%

    Reports (2) 20%

    Quizzes (Blackboard; 5) 25%

    Mid-Term Exam 20%

    Final Exam 20%

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Environmental Engineering

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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