Syllabus

All lab reports are due by 4 pm the following Wednesday unless otherwise indicated by the instructor.

Date Type Topic (click for lecture notes/labs - password protected; username=envr) Instructor
19-Aug - No class -
20-Aug - No class -
26-Aug Lecture Introductions, Report writing, Objectives, Outcomes Weinberg
27-Aug Lab Introduction to basic lab skills and use of statistical measurements Weinberg
2-Sep Lecture Introduction to spectroscopy Sexton
3-Sep Lab Application to analysis of air samples using UV-visible spectrophotometry
Formaldehyde Analysis
Additional instructions for writing report
Sexton
9-Sep Lecture Microbiological methods for outbreak detection Nadimpalli
10-Sep Lab Investigation of a foodborne outbreak
"Sequence Alignment" files to access during lab:
fan 4.abi
outbreak sequences12.gb
Nadimpalli
16-Sep Lecture Basic Soil Properties Whalen
17-Sep Lab Field Sampling Trip - Soil Collection from a Confined Animal Feeding Operation (no documents for this field trip) Whalen
23-Sep Lecture Soil nutrients Whalen
24-Sep Lab Physical Measurements of Soils Whalen
30-Sep Lecture Analysis of organics in air Nylander-French
1-Oct Lab

Organic vapor sampling with detector and charcoal tubes

Fletcher
7-Oct Lecture Introduction to chromatography and mass spectrometry Weinberg
8-Oct Lab

Application to analysis of organic vapors

Studer
14-Oct - Fall break -
15-Oct - Fall break -
21-Oct Lecture Trace gas fluxes in soils Whalen
22-Oct Lab Static chamber methodology Whalen
28-Oct Lecture Indices of microbial activity Whalen
29-Oct Lab Denitrifying enzyme activity - nitrous oxide by GC-El Whalen
4-Nov Lecture Chemical equilibria in water Weinberg
5-Nov Lab Chemical quality of drinking water: pH, titrimetric analysis, acid-base titrations, alkalinity Weinberg
11-Nov Lecture Basic properties of water Weinberg
12-Nov Lab Aggregate measurements of water; turbidity, conductivity, color, solids: Field trip to OWASA Weinberg
18-Nov Lecture Disinfection and impacts on water quality Weinberg
19-Nov Lab Optimizing disinfection for water treatment and use of field kits Weinberg
25-Nov - Thanksgiving Break -
26-Nov - Thanksgiving Break -
02-Dec Lecture Aquatic ecosystems Weinberg
03-Dec Field Trip Integrated Water Systems - Participation is mandatory. Absence for anything other than a documented emergency health issue will render a 0 grade for this activity. In addition, each student should either answer one question posed by Dr House or ask a relevant question yourself that shows insight and learning from the field trip. Weinberg