Subject description for 2020/2021

Microbiology (BI217F)



Course description

General microbiology: Introduction to microbiology, main groups of microorganisms, metabolic diversity, microbial growth and culture, elements of microbial genetics, microbial mechanisms of infection, elements of immunology, diagnostic microbiology, beneficial microbes. Special microbiology: Main groups of microbes of medical interest, with emphasis on their virulence factors and pathogenicity mechanisms. Basic laboratory methods for their isolation and identification are presented.


No costs except semester registration fee and syllabus literature.

Learning outcomes


The student:


  • Has an overview of the historical development of the area of microbiology, in relation to the technological developments and the increased knowledge in cell biology.
  • Has a broad knowledge of the metabolic and structural diversity of eukaryotic and prokaryotic micro-organisms.
  • Has an overview of the current routine laboratory methods used for the isolation and identification of the various groups of microorganisms.
  • Has knowledge of the basic principles of infection and pathogenesis for the main microbial pathogens of humans and animals.
  • Has knowlerdge of the virulence factors the different microbial pathogens use to invade and spread within their hosts, as well as the defensive mechanisms the hosts use.
  • Has knowledge of the safety measures that apply in the handling of microorganisms.
  • Can update his/her knowledge in the field of Microbiology.



The student:

  • Can perform within safe limits and under supervision the main routine laboratory methods used for the isolation and identification of bacteria.
  • Can reflect upon their observations obtained after performing basic microbiological techniques.
  • Can scientifically report, results of various fundamental microbiological techniques.
  • Can collect and use relevant published information for the interpretation of microbiological results.


General competence The student:

  • Can collaborate with fellow students, for the completion of laboratory techniques and for the preparation of scientific reports.
  • Knows and understands the risks when working in a microbiology laboratory.
  • Can communicate results and theories both orally and in writing.
  • Is familiar with new thinking and innovation processes in the field of Microbiology.

Course type


Joint Bachelor Degree in Animal Science


The course is mandatory for students of Joint Bachelor Degree in Animal Science.

Elective for enrolled students of Bachelor in Biology or one of the semester packages at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture.

Max. 40 seats.

List of priority:

1. Joint Bachelor Degree in Animal Science

2. Bachelor in Biology

3. Exchange / semester packages

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face teaching.

Teaching activities and methods

Lectures (48 hours).

Laboratory excersises (24 hours) with reports.


Compound evaluation consisting of written exam, compulsory work and portfolio assessment. All individual exams/tests and course work must be passed in order to pass the course overall. Grades will be assigned in letters ranging between A - F according to the Norwegian grading system.

1.    Written exam: 4h. Letter grading A - F. Counts 60% of overall grade

2.    Compulsory work. Counts 0% of the overall grade, but must be passed. Students are required to prepare a short literature review on a given topic and present it orally during the course.

3.    Portfolio assessment with letter grading A - F. The portfolio counts 40% of overall grade. Portfolio consists of:

·        5 laboratory reports

·        2 multiple choice tests

·        The students are required to pass either a) 2 multiple choices tests and at least 3 laboratory reports or b) 1 multiple choice test and at least 4 laboratory reports. Letter grades A-F. 


Practical exercises: general training in working with microorganisms: culture, staining techniques, enumeration. Environmental samples from soil and water are used in the various protocols.

Recommended prior knowledge

The course is taught based on previous knowledge in chemistry and biochemistry equal to KJ100F Fundamentals of chemistry and BI124F Cell biology and Biochemistry.

Course evaluation

The study programme is evaluated annually by students by way of course evaluation studies (mid-term evaluation and final evaluation). These evaluations are included in the university's quality assurance system.

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F
  • Mandatory work, comprises 0/100 of the grade, grading scale Bestått - Ikke bestått.
    • Must be passed prior to submission of the Portfolio Assessment, consists of: 5 laboratory reports, 2 multiple choice tests..
  • Portfolio Assessment, consists of: 5 laboratory reports, 2 multiple choice tests., comprises 40/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F.
  • Written examination, 4 hours, comprises 60/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F.

Overlapping courses

BI217F-001v1 Microbiology - portfolio assessment - 4 study points.
BI217F-002v1 Microbiology - written examination - 6 study points.
BI217F-001v1 Microbiology - portfolio assessment - 10 study points.

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto
Course coordinator
ECTS Credits 10 Course location Bodø Faculty
Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture