Microbiology (BIO220)

This module will provide an introduction to the microbial world. There will also be a laboratory part where basic microbiological techniques will be taught.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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Microbes have been living on Earth for a long time and they have influenced the planet during that time. The evolution of microorganisms will be discussed and how they converted Earth into a, for humans, habitable planet. Basic information on microorganisms will be presented as well as their role in health and disease. Modern methods will be discussed and how we can now study the microbiome that is all around us. The lectures will be supported by modern scientific papers and will be as much as possible research-led. There will also be a laboratory part where basic microbiological techniques will be taught.

Learning outcome

Module-specific skills

  1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance and diversity of micro-organisms in the environment and to humans, including their economic impact.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of classification schemes applied to microorganisms, including those based on molecular criteria.
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with the principal features of bacterial cells, particularly those features which differ from eukaryotic cells, including genetic information and its transfer.
  4. Know how to study and cultivate micro-organisms.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to handle microorganisms safely in the laboratory.
  6. Demonstrate competent use of the light microscope.

Discipline-specific skills

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of microbiology.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of essential facts and theory in a subdiscipline of the biosciences.
  3. Begin to evaluate aspects of the biosciences with reference to textbooks.
  4. With some guidance, deploy established techniques of analysis, practical investigation, and inquiry within the biosciences.

Personal and key skills

  1. Work with others safely in a practical laboratory environment.
  2. With some guidance, begin to develop the skills for independent study.
  3. With some guidance, select and properly manage information drawn from books, scientific publications, and the internet.
  4. With guidance, learn how to write a scientific text.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

BIO100 Cell Biology, BIO200 Biochemistry


Written exam and written assignment linked to the lab work

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 3/5 2 Hours Letter grades None permitted
Written assignment linked to the lab work 2/5 Letter grades

In order to pass the course, both components (exam and written lab assignment) need to be passed.No resit is offered for the laboratory exercises. If a students wishes to redo the lab, this can be done next time the course is taught.

Coursework requirements

Mandatory labs are to be completed at the times and in the groups that are assigned and published. Valid absence due to illness or other reasons must be communicated as soon as possible to teaching staff. In cases of valid absence, it may be possible to complete the lab at other times, where agreed upon with the teaching staff. This is not an entitlement.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Mark van der Giezen

Course coordinator:

Mark van der Giezen

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Julie Nikolaisen

Head of Department:

Ingunn Westvik Jolma

Method of work

Classes consist of taught lectures, group discussions, online teaching, and guest speakers. The laboratory component is four hours per week over a six week period.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Microbiology (BIK190_1) 10

Open for

Biological Chemistry - Biotechnology - Bachelor's Degree Programme Chemistry and Environmental Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Environmental Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Industrial Economics - Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Year Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Years
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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