During the course, the student should achieve knowledge about microorganisms and their metabolism and physiology, and get training in problem-solving, critical and ethical analysis of scientific work in the field. On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
account for morphology, metabolism, physiology and evolution of microorganisms; explain some vital processes at the molecular level and relate this to adaptation processes of microorganisms
account for different methods of cultivation of microorganisms and how these can be used in industrial context
explain co-operation between microorganisms via different signalling processes, how these function on the molecular level and control complex processes such as differentiation and biofilm formation
work with microorganisms at the laboratory and characterise both physiological and molecular properties
analyse microbiological research data, draw conclusions from them and design testing hypotheses from the analysed data
analyse critically and ethically scientific work within the field
The course contains basic microbiology from a biotechnical / industrial point of view. The structure and function of cells, as well as molecular mechanisms behind cell function are central themes. Theoretical teaching and personal literature studies are supplemented by practical exercises (laboratory sessions, seminars). The course consists of lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions .
Microbial diversity and evolution, molecular phylogeny, genetic exchange. Groups of bacteria, archaea and unicellular eukaryotes.
Metabolism and physiology: Aerobic and anaerobic energy production, uptake and secretion mechanisms. Cell growth, cell culture and cultivation methods. Co-operation between organisms: signalling, attack and defence; biofilm, differentiation. Virulence factors, secondary metabolism, production of antibiotics and resistance.
Laboratory work: Microbial working technique, identification of bacteria by physiological and bioinformatic methods.
Seminars: Critical and ethical analysis of research articles and scientific data .
Both theoretical and practical contents prepare for in-depth studies of the subject as well as for working in e.g., biotechnical production, food handling or controlling infectious diseases.
The course consists of lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions . Participation in seminars, laboratory sessions and related lectures is compulsory.
The examination includes Exercises (laboratory sessions and seminars) 2 credits, and a Written examination 3 credits. For an overall grade are required participation in exercises including lab reports and presentations according to the instructions, as well as passed grade for the written examinations.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.