CBEMS 116 Field Practicum in Environmental Engineering (2013-2014)

CBEMS 116 Field Practicum in Environmental Engineering

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for ChE. Elective for ChE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 116 Field Practicum in Environmental Engineering (Credit Units: 4) Application of concepts from engineering and microbiology to the characterization and analysis of microbial pollution in coastal waters.Topics include public health microbiology, microbial diversity and ecology, and molecular diagnostics of waterborne pathogens. Laboratory exercises and a field-scale experiment. Corequisite: CBEMS110 or CEE162. Chemical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. Concurrent with CBEMS 216. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0130662712.

Recommended Textbook:
  • Bartram, J. and Rees, G. (Eds.). Monitoring Bathing Waters: A Practical guide to the Design and Implementation of Assessments and Monitoring Programmes, E&FN Spon, London, U.K., 2000.
  • Srivastava, Muni S., Methods of Multivariate Statistics, John Wiley & Sons, 2002.
  • Horan, N. J., Biological Waste water Treatment Systems: Theory and Operation, John Wiley & Sons, 1991.
  • Bitton, G. Wastewater Microbiology, John Wiley & Sons, 1994.
  • Velleman, Paul. ActivStats for Minitab 2002-2003 Release, Addison-Wesley & Benjamin Cummings, 2002.
Stanley B. Grant
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

Understanding of General Chemistry, Basic Physics, Basic Calculus, Organic Chemistry and/or Environmental Chemistry

Lecture Topics:
  • Overview of Class Structure, Design Project Logistics, Introduction to U.S. Environmental Regulations.
  • Public Health Microbiology, and the Design of Field Surveys.
  • Cell Biology, Energetics of Microbial Growth, Molecular Genetics, Viruses, and Molecular Diagnostics.
  • Statistics basics (Designing an experiment or survey, exploratory data analysis and data presentation), Statistical methods (multivariate statistics)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Multivariate statistics is used to analyze and interpret complicated data sets generated during the field study. This includes the use of statistical packages such as SPSS, SAS and MINITAB to address the research questions and hypotheses.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

This course is designed to contribute to the students’ knowledge of engineering topics. The following considerations are included in this course: economic, environmental, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability.

Design Content Description

To provide an open-ended project in which the students (i) design and implement a field-based study of a local wetland, (ii) defend their results orally, and (iii) generate a written summary of their work--called The 2002 UCI Water Quality Survey--suitable for public dissemination. Teams of 4-5 students are responsible for different aspects of the project, including site selection, sampling protocol development, permit applications, laboratory analysis of water samples, and report generation. The role of the advisory panel is to assist the students in defining and carrying out their project, and to provide feedback on student results prior to report generation. Orange County Agencies represented on the panel include the Sanitation District, Flood Control District, and Public Health Department. Students are encouraged to contact the panel members to discuss the project throughout the course. To facilitate student/panel interactions, several members of the panel are scheduled to present guest lectures in class. To provide students hands-on experience with manipulating microorganisms, carrying out microbial water quality assays, and measuring the kinetics of microbial reactions.

Lectures: 30%
Laboratory Portion: 70%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 15%
  • Quizzes: 10%
  • Class participation: 5%
  • Lab exercises: 20%
  • Design project (first draft, second draft, presentation): 50%
  • Total: 100%

Exams and quizzes are closed book and notes. In general, exams and quizzes cannot be made up and no late homework sets will be accepted.

Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

May 23, 2013
Senate Approved:
March 19, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr