Course code BIO130

BIO130 General Microbiology I

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Course responsible: Arne Tronsmo
Teachers: Yen Nee Natalie Lim, Else Marie Aasen, Rannei Tjåland, Daniel Mania
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Max 192 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2006H
Preferential right:
Course contents:

The lectures cover the following topics:

  • Micro-organisms and you.
  • The prokaryote and eukaryote cell types.
  • Microbial metabolism.
  • Growth of micro-organisms.
  • Control of microbial growth.
  • Mutations in micro-organisms and their significance.
  • Simple classification of viruses, bacteria and fungi.
  • Antibiotics.
  • The main features of applied microbiology and the role of micro-organisms in nature.

The laboratory course gives a thorough introduction to the use of light and phase contrast microscopy. Training in the use of aseptic work technique. Studies of the growth conditions of micro-organisms and how to prevent growth of undesired micro-organisms.

Learning outcome:
The students will get an overview over various micro-organisms and their role in nature.
Students will be able to use aseptic techniques as well as light and phase contrast microscopy in the study of different micro-organisms.
They should also be able to set up a simple experiment for testing a hypothesis.
Learning activities:
Laboratory exercises.
Journal writing.
Individual study.
Teaching support:
Supervision is given in connection with the lectures and laboratory work.
Lecture notes will be available on Fronter.

Recommended Textbook will be given at the first lecture and on Fronter .

For the laboratory exercise: Tronsmo: "Laboratorieøvelser i BIO130 Mikrobiologi". Compendium, NMBU 2014.

General chemistry equivalent to KJM100
Recommended prerequisites:
BIO120 Genetics, or equivalent.
BIO100 Cell Biology (may be taken in the same semester), or equivalent.
Mandatory activity:
Laboratory exercises.
Handing in lab.reports.

Understanding of experimental data is evaluated in the laboratory journal, and this, together with your activity in the laboratory course, makes up 30% of the final grade. The journal has to be handed in no later than 7 days after the laboratory course is finished. The journal has to be approved to be admitted to the exam.
An approved lab journal is valid for the following 2 years.

The theoretical knowledge will be tested in a 3-hour written exam (that has to be approved) and counts 70 % of the final grade. 

Nominal workload:
Lectures: 24 hours.
Laboratory exercises: 20 hours.
Preparation for laboratory assignments and journal writing: 20 hours.
Individual study: 86 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 2 hours per week. The lecture period ends with a course summary and discussion of the required reading. A compulsory laboratory course is given in two-hour sessions 2 days a week, for 5 weeks.
An external examiner approves the examination questions, and marks 25 randomly selected examination papers.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått