This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Wednesday in week 33 for the autumn semester. Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity
You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.
The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the Mitt UiB learning platform.
It is mandatory to attend the first lecture.
Objectives and Content
The course gives an introduction to the prokaryotic microorganisms (bacteria and archaea) and virus; their systematics, physiology and genetics / molecular biology. Energy metabolism, regulation, gene transfer and microbial diversity / evolution are the main topics. The role of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycles, biotechnology and medicine will also be discussed.
The laboratory course gives an introduction to basic microbiology techniques and methods such as enrichments, cultivation, microscopy, isolation, characterization and identification of microorganisms as well as genetic analysis.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- has an overview of important groups of bacteria and archaea, their biological properties, adaptions and habitats as well as evolutionary aspects
- has an overview of the microorganisms' nutrient requirements, metabolism and growth
- has an overview of viruses, their properties and propagation
- is able to use sterile technique and handle microorganisms in a safe way in the laboratory
- can grow and isolate microorganisms
- can identify microorganisms using physiological and genetic methods
- can handle data from experiments with microorganisms and make necessary calculations
- can present results from microbial experiments and studies both in writing and orally.
- can apply a concise terminology to describe and discuss issues related to microbiology
- can demonstrate the ability to work independently and in collaboration with others during laboratory work.
Required Previous Knowledge
Basic courses of Bachelor in Biology.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
5 ECTS with BIO215 and 5 ECTS BIO218.
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching includes lectures and laboratory exercises:
Lectures: 4 hours pr. week in 8 weeks (total 32 hours)
Laboratory exercises: 4 hours 4 days per week in 3 weeks (total 48 hours)
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Attendance of laboratory excersises is compulsory
Approved written laboratory report
Compulsory assignments are valid for 4 subsequent semesters.
Forms of Assessment
The forms of assessment are:
- Written digital examination (4 hours), 100% of total grade.
Written digital exam (4 hours), accounts for 100% of total grade.
Due to the measures taken to avoid the spread of Covid-19, UiB is closed for on-campus assessment. As a consequence, the following changes is made to assessment autumn semester 2020:
- Written home examination instead of written examination
Examination Support Material
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.
Assessment SemesterWritten digital exam in both spring and autumn semesters. In semesters with no classes, the exam will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department. You can find student evaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
You will find course responsible on Mitt UiB. You can also e-mail: email@example.com
Contact the Study Section at the Department of Biological Sciences: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telephone 55 58 44 00
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.
Type of assessment: Written examination
- 25.02.2021, 09:00
- 4 hours
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam