Dette er studietilbudet for studieår 2020-2021.

The course seeks to increase students' knowledge and understanding of environmental microbiology and its applications in addition to showing students how knowledge of microbial communities and their processes that can be of beneficial use, e.g. in the bioremediation of contaminated sites, and using our understanding of microorganisms in the environment to control their detrimental effects.

Learning outcome

Knowledge Outcome
Students should gain understanding of the role of microorganisms in their environment and how this knowledge can be used to solve environmental and industrial problems.
Skills Outcome
Students should be able to utilize the knowledge gained on the role and importance of microorganisms in the environment and how the knowledge can be exploited. Students will be able to apply this knowledge in both real life and in a laboratory setting. In addition students will gain some basic environmental microbiology laboratory skills.
General Competency
To build on their prior knowledge of environmental microbiology giving students a deeper understanding of the impact of microorganisms on the environment and how to apply this knowledge in order to utilize microorganisms for bioremediation and in the oil industry.


The course will be divided into the following 4 Modules:
Module 1: Environmental Microbiology.
In this module the course will cover advanced topics in environment microbiology related to microbial communities the relationships between microorganisms and microbial processes in different environments. In additions this section will also include methods used for the study of microbial communities such as metagenomics.
Module 2: Bioremediation
The bioremediation modules student will cover acclimation, detoxification, sorption, and bioavailability, effect of chemical structure on biodegradation, xenobiotics, cometabolism and application of bioremediation strategies.
Module 3: Oil Reservoir microbiology
This topic covers microbial communities in oil reservoirs, reservoir souring, biocorrosion and biofouling, microbial upgrading of oil and microbial influenced oil recovery.
Module 4: Methods in Environmental microbial biotechnology
This section will involve compulsory laboratory sessions relating to the other 3 modules. In addition the students will learn about the methods used in environmental biotechnology

Required prerequisite knowledge

One of the following alternatives:
  • MLJ520 Environmental Microbiology
  • BIO220 Microbiology

Recommended prerequisites

MLJ530 Environmental Process Analysis


Written exam and Biodegradation pathway project
Weight Duration Mark Supporting materials
Written exam3/44 hoursA - FDictionary.
Valid calculator.
Biodegradation pathway project1/4 A - F
Course teacher sets final mark: A project where students write a review article, counts 25% and the written final exam counts 75%.
If the project or assignments are evaluated to a failing grade, these can be re-written the next ordinary term for the subject.

Coursework requirements

Laboratory Assignments, Class Assignments
The students will be required to attend a laboratory section of this course relating to methods used in environmental microbial biotechnology and the student's lab reports must be approved before writing the final exam.
The students will complete a project were they are required to write a review article and give a presentation on a subject related to the course as provided by the teacher 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 final course exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Krista Michelle Kaster
Head of Department
Gro Johnsen

Method of work

5 hours of lectures a week and laboratory exercises in module 4.
The course is based primarily on a series of lectures, but will also include a project and presentation and some Laboratory work and lab reports.

Open to

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

Course assessment

Usually by forms and/or discussion according to university regulations.


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Dette er studietilbudet for studieår 2020-2021.

Last updated: 03.08.2020