WTTP 2801
Microbiology and Toxicology

3.0 Credits


The goal of this course is to introduce you to some of the unifying concepts of biology, microbiology and toxicology relating to water, the most common and significant source of infectious diseases caused by microbial contamination. The course will explore the types of toxicants present in aquatic systems, their routes of exposure and modes of action, as well as their effects on human health and the environment.

Delivery Method



Industry experience or completion of level three portion of the Water Treatment Technology Program.

Course Outline

This course is divided into three modules:

Module A: Introduction to Biology, Microbiology, and Toxicology

Module B: Microbiology

  • organisms.

Module C: Toxicology

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

There is no required textbook for this course.

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through Blackboard's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information when starting the course.


To successfully complete this course, students must obtain 50% or higher on the final exam and in the course overall. Students taking this course and applying it towards a Certificate I, II, or III or Water Treatment Diploma must obtain a minimum 60% average in the course overall to meet program requirements.

The final assessment will be determined on the following basis.

Midterm 1 30%
Midterm 2 30%
Final Exam 40%