TMMT4004 - Applied Food 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 E

Course content

The course focuses on microorganisms and enzymes used industrially for the production of fermented foods, ingredients, feed and for optimal utilisation of rest raw material. The course includes the characterization and maintenance of biological processing aids. Methods for isolation, identification and characterisation of microorganisms are discussed and the students will carry out practical production of fermented foods (e.g. Yoghurt). An introduction to bioprospecting, microbial ecology in food and methodology to analyse microbial community is given.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: -The candidate has advanced knowledge of the application of bacteria, mold, yeast, algae and enzymes in the production of food, ingredients, feed and bio-based packaging materials. -The candidate has knowledge of isolation, identification, characterisation and maintenance of microorganisms used for fermentation purposes -The candidate has knowledge of the relationship between biological processing aids and product characteristics -The candidate has knowledge of the application of biological processing aids for optimal utilisation of rest raw material -The candidate understands basic concepts in microbial ecology and knows methodology to analyse microbial communities -The candidate has knowledge of bioprospecting -The candidate has knowledge of how microorganisms can be used to enhance food shelf life and food safety

Skills: -The candidate can work independently with a theoretical problem and communicate the work in writing and orally

General competence: -The candidate has insight into the planning and implementation of applied food microbiology projects

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (45h), self-study (60h), laboratory work with report (70t), student presentation (25h) and excursions / guest lectures (6t).

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation
  • Laboratory work with report

Further on evaluation

Compulsory work requirements: Oral presentation and laboratory work with report

Deferred exam: May / June

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

Course materials

Information is given at the start of the semester

More on the course



Version: A
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biotechnology
  • Food Subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-12-20 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL122 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL110 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 15
Spring UTS School exam 100/100 E 2024-06-05 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 3
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