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Environmental Biochemistry

Code 12822
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(30H)/T(30H)
Scientific area Biochemistry
Entry requirements Not applicable
Mode of delivery Magistral lectures in the class + workshops + training activities in the laboratory (experimental work)
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes The aim of environmental biochemistry is to teach students to monitor the environmental pollution. As main goals are pointed out the following:
1 - To identify monitoring parameters used in water and wastewater characterization
2 - To describe the main technologies applied in effluent treatment

Before the completion of this course students should be able to understand the fundamentals of biological, chemical and physical aspects applied on monitoring and treatment of water, wastewater and solid waste. Specifically they should describe the biological principles of wastewater treatment processes and solve problems related with monitoring and treatment processes.
Syllabus Theoretical Subjects:
The relationship between the natural water cycle and human water use. Pollutants in water, soil and air. Water Biogeochemical cycle. Monitoring water and wastewater effluents. Effluent characterization. Physical/chemical/biological treatment unit processes. Physical units: grit chambers, equalization basins, primary sedimentation tanks and dissolved air flotation. Chemical units: coagulation/flocculation. Biological methods to treat liquid effluents: aerobic and anaerobic systems. Polishing technologies: bio-sorption, disinfection and membranes technologies. Recycling and saving resources. Solid wastes. Bio-treatment of solid wastes: energetic and organic valorization. Atmospheric pollution: monitoring and preventing. Bio-removal of gaseous contaminants.

Monitoring water lines: solids quantification, Chemical Oxygen Demand, Biochemical Oxygen Demand, Ammonium and Kjeldahl Nitrogen, total phosphorus. Aerobic respirometric biodegradation test.
Main Bibliography - Metcalf and Eddy (2003). Wastewater Engineering, Treatment, Disposal and Reuse, International Edition,McGraw-Hill Editions ISBN 0-07-112250-8.
- Hans-Joachim Jördening and Josef Winter (2005). Enviromental Biotechnology Concepts and Applications, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA,Weinheim,
ISBN 3-527-30585-8
- Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 2017, 23rd Edition, APHA, AWWA, WPCF-EUA.
- Neelima Rajvaidya and Dilip Kumar Markandey(2005). Enviromental Biochemistry APH, ISBN : 81-7648-789-9
- Photocopies provided by the lecturer
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Teaching methodologies Magistral lectures in the class + workshops + training activities in the laboratory (experimental work) + exercises + case studies The following Student Assessment Criteria are proposed: Module examinations (2 written tests) + written reports from work in the lab and case studies Experimental work and case studies – 35% Midterm exam (Theme1) - 32.5% + (Theme2) – 32.5%
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-09-21

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