Weathering and clay formation
Dissolution / precipitation equilibria
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne
- Water Quality and the Biogeochemical Engine
Water Quality and the Biogeochemical Engine
Explore everyday issues around the world and create links between chemistry, biology and soil science by pursuing this course.
Medium of instructions English
Mode of learning Classroom
Mode of Delivery Video Based
Learning efforts 4-5 Hours Per Week
The Water Quality and the Biogeochemical Engine course by Edx is an introductory course to environmental sciences. This course imparts knowledge to the candidate in concepts like urban metabolism, soil formation, water quality, heavy metals, atmosphere, rainwater, photosynthesis, and anoxic environments.
In this programme, the candidate would learn about various biotic and abiotic mechanisms that control the quality of water that is used for industrial and drinking purposes. This course also talks about the role of microorganisms and soil in the maintenance of biogeochemical cycles. Case studies and real-time examples are also provided for better understanding. This course also speaks about the breakdown of mountains to the soil from where the civilization began.
The certificate provided at the end of the course is signed by instructors and verified by the institution. The certificate adds value to the resume of the candidate and it can be shared on LinkedIn. By pursuing this course, the candidates would gain intelligence in the natural water treatment process, biogeochemical cycling, microbial metabolisms, and aquatic chemistry equilibrium.
Course duration is 14 weeks
Video transcripts in French and English
The course provided by EPFLx institute
Instructor-led course schedule
Certificate verified by Edx
Only 4 to 5 hours of classes per week
Demo course is available
- Video lectures
- Quiz questions
- Optional assignments
- Peer-graded homework assignments
- Mid-term exams
- Final exams
- Discussion forum
Course and certificate fees
Type of course
The details regarding the fee of Water Quality and the Biogeochemical Engine course provided by Edx is mentioned below for learners.
The candidate can attend the course free of cost but the candidate will not receive a course completion certificate.
To avail of a verified certificate, the candidates need to make a fee payment of Rs. 3,638.
The fee details are described in the below table
Verified Certification Programme
certificate providing authority
Who it is for
The Water Quality and the Biogeochemical Engine course is especially meant for the following candidates who wish to explore the links between soil science, biology, and chemistry.
All participants who want to gain knowledge in environment-related issues can attend this course.
The candidate should have basic knowledge of biology and inorganic chemistry. The candidates who don't have knowledge in the above-specified domain can also take up this course. This course also suits the beginner level candidates.
Certification Qualifying Details
The participants are provided with a verified certificate on successful completion of the course. The candidate should receive pass grades in the programme to avail certificate. The information regarding pass marks will be provided on the progress page. The certificate is provided only to the candidates who attempt this course by paying a fee.
What you will learn
The learner would be able to understand concepts which are described below by pursuing the Water Quality and the Biogeochemical Engine course which is provided by Edx.
The candidate would be able to understand the steps involved in natural water treatment processes
They would also learn the equilibrium between water and chemical compounds
The candidate will also learn concepts in microbial metabolisms
The need for maintaining the atmosphere and rainwater without any pollution is also explained.
Important concepts like carbon fixation, carbon cycling, and carbon storage are also elaborated.
The importance of environmental cycles are taught to the candidate
Biological concepts like photosynthesis are detailed
Different types of heavy metals and their availability in the earth’s environment are discussed.
Various mines and the pollution caused by the mines are briefly discussed
Concepts like weathering, soil formation, and urban metabolism are taught to the participants.
The admission procedure of Water Quality and the Biogeochemical Engine course follows the simple registration process. The learners can find it easy to register if they follow the step by step procedure which is described below:
Step 1: The candidate has to visit the webpage using the URL https://www.edx.org/course/water-quality-and-the-biogeochemical-engine
Step 2: Click “Enroll”. The candidate can sign in if they already have an account. Else they can click register.
Step 3: The candidate can also register using their Google account or Facebook.
Step 4: After signing in the candidate has to click “View course”
Step 5: Then the candidate can click “start course” to access the course and its data.
Step 6: If the candidate needs a certificate they can upgrade their plan any time before the expiry date by paying a fee by clicking “Upgrade Now”.
Step 7: The candidate can add a coupon code while processing payment for the course and click “Apply”.
Step 8: The candidate must select the payment method and add the information about the card holder. Then they need to click “Place order”.
Step 9: After completing the process, the candidate will be enrolled in the verified track of the selected course.
Weathering and soil formation
Nitrification and anammox
Heavy metals and their bioavailability
Toxicity vs. deficiency
Surface water quality
Survival kit for Biogeochemistry
A microbiology primer
Carbonate acid-base chemistry
Atmosphere and rainwater
Present water cycle
Chemical equilibria and acid-base chemistry
Photosynthesis and C fixation
C fixation pathways
C cycling and C storage
C geological storage
Respiration vs. fermentation
OM and methane
Organic matter degradation
Oxy(hydr)oxide formation and reactivity
Anoxia in surface environments
Microbial Fe and Mn reduction
Case study: arsenic in deltas in SE Asia
Mines and contamination
Case study: Decazeville
Microbial sulfide oxidation
Microbial iron oxidation
Pyrite oxidation and metal release
Financial assistance is provided to the participants on a per-course basis. The candidate can apply for financial aid by completing the financial assistance application. The financial aid granted for one course cannot be transferred by the participant to other courses. The candidate will receive an email when their financial aid application is accepted.
How it helps
The Water Quality and the Biogeochemical Engine course by Edx provides a golden opportunity for the candidates to improve their knowledge in the environment-related issues and water quality paradigms. This course helps the candidate to explore links between biology, soil science, and chemistry. This course suits beginners who are really interested in environmental issues.
The certificate provided at the end of the course is easily shareable on platforms like LinkedIn. This certificate also adds value to the CV of the candidate. As the certificate is signed by an instructor and verified by the institution, it adds value to the certificate. This certificate gives the candidate an additional incentive for successful completion of the course. The transcripts are also provided in English and French. The candidate can contact the instructors at any time to clarify their queries.
The course can be accessed at free cost. The candidates who want a certificate can upgrade their plans by paying an extra fee. The participants can also avail of financial aid up to 90% by filling a financial support application.
The candidate can also seek career opportunities by selecting the role they prefer. This course broadens the mind of the candidate in facing environmental-related issues. This course helps the candidate to tackle the day to day issues faced by the people in the world.
The duration of the programme is 14 weeks and the programme requires a weekly effort of 4 to 5 hours from the candidate.
The participants who are attempting the Water Quality and the Biogeochemical Engine course must have basic knowledge in biology and inorganic chemistry. But the candidates who don't have knowledge in these subjects can also attend.
The candidate would get a verified certificate from Edx. The certificate can also be shared on platforms like LinkedIn. This course adds value to the CV of the candidate.
The candidates need a good internet facility to complete the assignments and view course contents. The transcripts and videos can be downloaded and accessed offline.
The audit course is a free course whereas the verified course is paid. The candidate will be provided with assessments, unlimited course access, and certificates only when they enroll verified course.
The candidate can access the course content for the entire duration of the programme listed on the enrolment page. The candidate can also upgrade their plans if the course is open for verified enrollment.
The candidate can avail of financial aid by filling up the financial assistance application. Nearly 90% discount is available on verified courses.
The peer assessment scores are calculated by considering the mean score that is given by colleagues of the candidate. The final score is the sum of all median scores. Grades are always provided by staff.
The candidate must complete all the graded assignments in the course and achieve a minimum passing score. The details regarding the passing score can be viewed on the progress page.
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