TVM4177 - Environmental Microbiology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 16/100 E
Assignment 21/100 ALLE
work 21/100 D
work 21/100 D
work 21/100 D

Course content

This course will serve as an introduction to the topic of environmental microbiology. Information about basic microbiology and biochemistry, microbial ecology, and pollution microbiology will be incorporated, providing the student with both an understanding of basic microbiology and of the potential of microorganisms to influence our environment.
The topics adressed in the course include: the foundation of microbiology, microbial cell structure and function, microbial metabolism, molecular microbiology (flow of genetic information and replication), microbial growth, methods in microbial ecology and environmental biotechnology (bioremediation and wastewater treatment).

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should
- understand the physiology of prokaryotes
- understand the basics of metabolism, including heterotrophic metabolism, chemolithotrophic metabolism, and phototrophic metabolism
-understand the basics of respiration and electron flow in an organism, including concepts from aerobic respiration and anaerobic respiration
- understand the essentials of genetics, including replication, transcription, and translation
- understand regulation with respect to transcription and translation
- understand microbial ecology with respect to microbial interactions, succession, and community development
- understand how different metabolic capabilities result in biogeochemical cycling
- understand the fundamental kinetic expressions of enzyme activity, microbial growth, and substrate utilization
- be capable of applying fundamental principles of microbiology to wastewater treatment
- be capable of applying fundamental principles of microbiology to the degradation of contaminants
- understand the contemporary issues associated with environmental microbiology

Learning methods and activities

The course is offered in cooperation with The University of Minnesota (UMN). Using interactive streaming technology students in Norway can follow and interact with lectures from UMN.

Further on evaluation

The course will be assessed using three short exams, four short quizzes and paper.

Exams are closed book. One single-sided page (A4) containing any notes desired is allowed. Duration: 75 minutes. There will be no make up exams.

Quizzes are closed book (no notes allowed), covering lecture topics and reading assignments. Duration: 15 minutes. There will be no make up quizzes.

Paper will review a particular microbial phenomenon; it may be related, but not identical to your graduate thesis topic. The paper must be typed, single spaced, 4-5 pages in length, and contain references to at least 5 journal articles.

For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Civil and Environmental Engineering (MIBYGG)
Civil and Environmental Engineering (MTBYGG)
Environmental Engineering (MSENVIENG)

Required previous knowledge

TVM4110 or equivalent. The course is reserved students from the Water and the environment study track of the Master's programmes in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MIBYGG/MTBYGG) and students from the Nordic Master's programme Environmental Engineering (MSENVIENG)

Course materials

Brock’s Biology of Microorganisms, 14th Edition, by Madigan, Martinko, Bender, Buckley, and Stahl, Prentice Hall, 2015 og artikler.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 8

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Water Supply and Wastewater Systems
  • Water and Wastewater Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 16/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD work 21/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD work 21/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD work 21/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 21/100 ALLE
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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