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PurdueX: Modern Biotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment

This course introduces modern biotechnologies for wastewater treatment.

Modern Biotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment
5 weeks
6–8 hours per week
Instructor-led on a course schedule
This course is archived

About this course

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Modern biotechnologies have been widely used in clinical diagnosis, food production, and the pharmaceutical industry. Their applications in wastewater treatment have greatly improved the accuracy and efficiency of characterizing biological systems in biological wastewater treatment plants and the natural environment.

This course is designed for graduate students and working professionals who would like to learn modern biotechnologies in wastewater treatment and how to apply these biotechnologies to understand, characterize, and optimize wastewater treatment systems and plants. At the end of the course, students are expected to understand modern biotechnologies and their applications in wastewater treatment, select appropriate biotechniques to understand, characterize, and optimize wastewater treatment systems, and assess public health risks associated with antibiotic resistant bacteria and viruses in wastewater.

At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills: Viruses, Antibiotic Resistance, Biology, Sewage Treatments, Medical Diagnosis, Biological Systems, Wastewater, Pharmaceuticals

What you'll learn

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  • fundamentals of microbiology
  • stoichiometry and microbial metabolism
  • membrane treatment systems and biofouling
  • molecular microbiology tools
  • antibiotic resistance
  • viruses

Week 1:

  • Introduction of Microbiology
  • Fields of Microbiology
  • Microbe Types and Metabolic Lifestyles

Week 2:

  • Electron Donor and Acceptor
  • Stoichiometry and Half-reactions
  • Free Energy
  • Cell Synthesis
  • Developing Overall Stoichiometric Equations

Week 3:

  • Membrane Filtration
  • Membrane Filtration Challenges
  • Microbial Aggregation and Biofilm
  • Biofouling and Control

Week 4:

  • Molecular Ecology Study
  • Microbial Community Analysis
  • Activity Assays and FAME
  • Fluorescence in situ Hybridization
  • Molecular Microbiology Tools

Week 5:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Horizontal Gene Transfer
  • Evolution and Selfish Gene
  • Viruses

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is there a required textbook?


Are there recommended textbooks?


The following textbooks are recommended:

  • “Environmental Biotechnology: Principles and Applications” by Bruce Rittmann and Perry McCarty
  • “Wastewater Microbiology” by Gabriel Bitton
  • “Microbiology: Principles and Explorations” by Jacquelyn G. Black.

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners residing in one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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