Dette er studietilbudet for studieår 2020-2021.

The main objectives are to introduce the general biology of microorganisms and general concept of microbial ecology. Furthermore, important microbial processes in natural and technical systems are studied.

Learning outcome

Students are expected to know fundamental terminology in biology, especially in microbiology; understand and describe structure and functions of microbial cells and the ecological function and microbial mechanisms in natural and technical systems.


The course consists of the following modules:
Unit 1. Cellular Biology:
What is microbiology, Biomolecules, Cell structure and function, Metabolism, Cellular growth, Bacterial Genetics
Unit 2. Microbial Diversity
Evolution and systematics, The Bacteria, The Archaea, Microbial eucaryotes
Unit 3. Metabolic Diversity
Phototrophy, Autotrophy, Chemolitotrophy, Heterotrophy, Fermentation, Anaerobic respiration, Aerobic Chemoorganoheterotrophs.
Unit 4. Microbial Ecology
Ecological concepts, Interactions, Soil habitats, Aquatic habitats, Biofilms, Nutrient cycles.
Unit 5. Environmetal Microbiology
Wastewater microbiology, Drinking water microbiology, Biodegradation and Bioremediation.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge of basic chemistry as required for admission to MSc Environmental Engineering, including elementary biochemistry.


Oral exam and a class assignment
Weight Duration Mark Supporting materials
Oral exam9/10 A - F
Class assignment1/10 A - F
The course has a continuous assessment consisting of an assignment that counts 10 % of the final grade, and a final written exam that counts for 90 % of the final grade.
All assessment parts must be passed in order to obtain a final grade in the course.

There will be no resit exam for the assignment. Students who do not pass the assignment may retake this part the next time the course is lectured.

Coursework requirements

Obligatoriske innleveringer
The students will be required to attend a laboratory section of this course relating to methods used in environmental microbiology. The student's lab report must be approved before writing the final exam.
The students will complete a project on bacterium and they will be required to complete all class assignments.
Completion of mandatory lab assignments are to be made at the times and in the groups that are assigned and published on Canvas. Absence due to illness or for other reasons must be communicated to the laboratory personnel as soon as possible. One cannot expect that provisions for completion of the lab assignments at other times can be made, unless prior arrangements with the laboratory personnel have been agreed.
Failure to complete the assigned labs on time or not having them approved will result in barring from taking the course exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Krista Michelle Kaster
Head of Department
Gro Johnsen

Method of work

4 hours lectures per week. 1 week of lab.
The course is based primarily on a series of lectures.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (credits)
Environmental Microbiology (MET160_1) 5
Environmental Microbiology (MLJ522_1) 10

Open to

Biological Chemistry - Master of Science Degree Programme
Environmental Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme

Course assessment

Forms and/or discussion.


Link to reading list

Dette er studietilbudet for studieår 2020-2021.

Last updated: 19.09.2020