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Enhancing Engineering Students’ Learning in an Environmental Microbiology Course

    Author: Zhi Zhou1
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117576
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    • Published 03 December 2012
    • Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, 1 Engineering Drive 2, E1A-07-03, Singapore 117576. Phone: 65-6516-8796. Fax: 65-6774-4202. E-mail: zhou@nus.edu.sg.
    • Copyright © 2012 American Society for Microbiology
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2012 vol. 13 no. 2 191-192. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v13i2.456
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    Abstract:

    While environmental engineering students have gained some knowledge of biogeochemical cycles and sewage treatment, most of them haven’t learned microbiology previously and usually have difficulty in learning environmental microbiology because microbiology deals with invisible living microorganisms instead of visible built environment. Many teaching techniques can be used to enhance students’ learning in microbiology courses, such as lectures, animations, videos, small-group discussions, and active learning techniques. All of these techniques have been applied in the engineering class, but the results indicate that these techniques are often inadequate for students. Learning difficulties have to be identified to enhance students’ learning.

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Abstract:

While environmental engineering students have gained some knowledge of biogeochemical cycles and sewage treatment, most of them haven’t learned microbiology previously and usually have difficulty in learning environmental microbiology because microbiology deals with invisible living microorganisms instead of visible built environment. Many teaching techniques can be used to enhance students’ learning in microbiology courses, such as lectures, animations, videos, small-group discussions, and active learning techniques. All of these techniques have been applied in the engineering class, but the results indicate that these techniques are often inadequate for students. Learning difficulties have to be identified to enhance students’ learning.

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Mind map of environmental microbiology.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2012 vol. 13 no. 2 191-192. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v13i2.456
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