Postgraduate course


  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeBIO215
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Objectives and Content

The course provides a thorough introduction to the major groups of prokaryotic microorganisms (bacteria and Archea) and viruses, their taxonomy, physiology and genetics / molecular biology.

Energy metabolism, regulation, gene transfer and microbial diversity / evolution is the central theme. The microorganism's role in biogeochemical cycles, biotechnology and medicine are also discussed.

Learning Outcomes

After the course is completed, it is expected that students will:

  • Have a good overview of important groups of bacteria and Archaea, recognizing their special biological characteristics and habitats.
  • Have good knowledge of microdiversity of energy metabolism.
  • Have knowledge of gene transfer mechanisms, regulations, and main features of modern microbial genomics.
  • Have a good understanding of viral diversity and viral life cycle.
  • Be aware of the connection between microphysiology and their ecological roles, and their uses and importance in human medicine

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Basic subjects of Bachelor's degree in Biology.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Oral presentation of a given topic.

Forms of Assessment

Digital exam (4 hours).

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    16.03.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam