MATV1008 - Microbiology and Food Safety


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

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 - Food safety: HACCP, hygiene regulations, personal hygiene, contamination, zone division, temperature control - Food poisoning bacteria: reservoir, presence in foods, growth conditions and prevention

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 strucure 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 knows the most important microorganisms associated with food and waterborne disease, and factors that affect food safety, K7 The candidate can explain the basic principles of good production hygiene

Skills: F1 The candidate has basic skills in sterile technique, cultivation and isolation of microorganisms, F2 The candidate can perform simple quantitative determination of relevant bacteria in solid and liquid foods

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. The theoretical group exercise with digital work and peer assessment must be one of the 5 approved exercises.

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 integration 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

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Food Science, Technology and Sustainability (MTMAT)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the course requires admission to the study program Bachelor in food science, technology and sustainability. 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
TMAT1008 5.0 AUTUMN 2019
MATV1007 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


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
SL410 orange sone Sluppenvegen 14 7
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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