MATV1007 - Microbiology and Biotechnology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Cell biology: morphology, size, cytoplasmic membrane, cell wall, surface structures, internal structures, motion - Microorganisms: bacteria, fungi and viruses - Metabolism, nutritional requirements, culture media - Microbial growth: cell division, population growth, measurement of growth, environmental factors, basic techniques for cultivation of microorganisms - Control of microbial growth: physical and chemical control - Microbial taxonomy with description of selected groups of microorganisms - The role of microorganisms in the cycles of nature and their industrial use - Biotechnology: Recombinant DNA technology (enzymes, vectors, CRISPR), PCR, DNA sequencing, DNA analyses (electrophoresis, hybridization, including DNA fingerprinting), micromatrices, mutations and gene regulation - Ethics: Consequences of application/choice of biotechnological methods.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: K1 The candidate has knowledge of microbial taxonomy and can describe general characteristics of selected microorganisms, K2 The candidate has broad knowledge of the structure of viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotic cells and can explain the function of the most important cellular components, K3 The candidate is familiar with microbial metabolism and nutritional requirements, K4 The candidate has broad knowledge of microbial growth and how microbial growth can be measured and controlled, K5 The candidate knows the role of microorganisms in the cycles of nature, K6 The candidate can describe and explain various techniques and tools for editing, amplifying and analyzing DNA, K7 The candidate can describe different types of mutations and their consequences, K8 The candidate can describe gene regulation in bacterial cells by means of examples, K9 The candidate should have a conscious relationship to ethical consequences following the use of genetic engineering methods, including the development of genetically modified organisms, cloning and forensic analyzes

Skills: F1 The candidate has basic skills in sterile technique, cultivation and isolation of microorganisms F2 The candidate can isolate and amplify DNA form bacterial cells and separate fragments of DNA by means of gel electrophoresis

General competence: G1 The candidate can evaluate and communicate results from laboratory work in writing

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (60h), self-study (80h) compulsory laboratory exercises (24h) and written exercises (30h)

Compulsory assignments

  • Laboratory work
  • Written exercises

Further on evaluation

Compulsory work requirements: 3 of 3 practical laboratory exercises with reports and 5 of 6 theoretical exercises must be approved for admission to the exam.

New / postponed exam: August. In the case of a postponed exam, the written exam can be changed to an oral examination.

In the case of applications for crediting, approving and integratoin of subjects from previous years or other institutions' equivalent education programs, each application will be processed individually and the applicant must be able to include credits reduction for overlapping subjects.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the course requires admission to the study program Bachelor in chemical engineering (NTNU, Trondheim) or the one-year program in medical and biological chemistry (NTNU, Trondheim). ​If capacity, other students may apply to take the course.

Course materials

Information is given at the start of the semester

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MATV1008 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
BTA1001 5.0 AUTUMN 2021
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Food Subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-05-29 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 brun sone Sluppenvegen 14 64
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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