Postgraduate course


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

Teaching semester


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday 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.

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 are central themes. The microorganism's role in biogeochemical cycles, biotechnology and medicine is 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.

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic courses of Bachelor in Biology.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Oral presentation of a given topic related to the course. The topic will be decided in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Compulsory activities must be approved in order for you to take the exam. Approved compulsory activities are valid for 6 semesters, including the semester of completion.

Forms of Assessment

Grading Scale

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

Assessment Semester

Written digital exam in both spring and autumn semesters. In semesters with no classes, the exam will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Course Evaluation

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.


Contact Information

Contact the Study Section at the Department of Biological Sciences: studie@bio.uib.no

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. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    10.02.2020, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam