TBT4110 - Microbiology


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

The course includes following subjects: Structure and characteristic properties of prokaryotic microorganisms, i.e. Bacteria and Archaea. Their growth, nutrition and tolerance for physical factors. The energy metabolism of bacteria, including fermentation, aerobic and anaerobic respiration, utilization of inorganic compounds and photosynthesis. Properties of bacterial viruses and their reproduction. Evolution and phylogeny. Description of chosen groups of bacteria. Antibiotics and mechanisms for antibiotic resistance. Microbe-host interactions. Exercises/Lab: Microscopy and microbiological techniques. Enrichment and isolation of Bacteria and Archaea from natural materials. Role of microbes in biogeochemical cycles Physiological experiments and quantitative microbial analysis.

Learning outcome

After finishing this course, the students can: - Master basic microbiological techniques (e.g. sterile techniques, microscopy, traditional microbial tests). - Microbial phylogeny and all major forms of microbial energy metabolisms. - Describe the structure of an eukaryotic cell, and the central processes in cell division. - Describe the basic principles for isolation and growing microorganisms in the laboratory, including the composition of culture media. - Describe the classification of viruses, and the central characteristics of the viruses in their seven different groups. - Give an overview of eukaryotic microorganisms. - Describe properties and specific characteristics of chosen Bacteria and Archaea, including their possible applications in industry. - Describe basic mechanisms in microbe-host interactions. - Communicate the role of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycles, and human impact on the carbon and nitrogen cycles.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (45 h), laboratory exercises (25 h), lab reports (25 h). Self study 110 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Course materials

Madigan, Martinko, Bender, Buckley and Stahl: Brock Biology of Microorganisms, 16th edition, Pearson Education inc. (2022). Preferably the version with access to internet resources.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIK4009 7.5
MB101812 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2023-12-01

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biotechnology/Molecular Genetics
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Marine Biology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biotechnology and Food Science


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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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