Course code MVI322

MVI322 Pathogenic Microorganisms

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Course responsible: Helge Holo
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2004H
Course contents:
Foodborne microbes cause substantial disease and economic losses worldwide. Knowledge about these microbes and how to avoid them in food is instrumental to reduce foodborne disease in agreement with UN Sustainable Development Goals. The course will give an overview on food and waterborne pathogenic organisms: Biology and pathogenesis. Preventive measures. Routes of infection. Toxins. Epidemiology. Detection and tracing of pathogens by modern molecular tools.
Learning outcome:

KNOWLEDGE. The candidate shall:

  • Know all the most important food pathogens (bacteria, virus, parasites), their reservoirs and the symptoms they cause.
  • Have knowledge about how the food pathogens cause disease.
  • Know important foodborne toxins of microbiological origin.

SKILLS. The candidate will:

  • Be able to isolate and identify pathogenic bacteria from food.
  • Be able to generate hypotheses about likely sources of microbial contamination of food and water.
  • Be able to contribute in investigation of pathogen transmission routes.

GENERAL COMPETENCE. The candidate will:

  • Be able to inform non-professional about foodborne pathogens.
  • Be able to contribute to measures aiming at reducing risks for the spread of foodborne pathogens from food, water, animals and humans.
Learning activities:
The teaching will be given as lectures and discussion groups and one practical laboratory excercise. Each student will write a report based on scientific literature on a relevant topic. The students will present the reports in the discussion groups.
Teaching support:

The course responsible may be contacted by e-mail:



Granum PE (red.) (2015): Matforgiftning. Smitte gjennom mat og vann. 4. utg. Cappelen Damm  ISBN 978-82-02-47788-2

Or, in Enlish: Food Microbiology: Fundamentals and Frontiers, Fourth Edition Author: Michael P. Doyle and Robert L. Buchanan. ASM Press. 2013. CHAPTERS 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 , 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

Additional material will be handed out.

Microbiology corresponding to BIO130. Biochemistry corresponding to KJB200.
Recommended prerequisites:
Food microbiology. Some knowledge of immunology is beneficial.
Mandatory activity:

4 laboratory excercises, each of 2 hours. 1 report for the lab course.

Literature assignment.. Oral presentation of literature assignment (15 minutes) is mandatory.

Portfolio assessment and written exam. The literature paper counts 25 % and must be handed in within a given deadline. The written exam counts 75 %. To pass the course, all evaluations needs to be passed.
Nominal workload:
Lectures/discussion groups/lab: 42 hours. Literature paper: 40 hours. Self-study: 218 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures,discussion groups and laboratory excercise: 3 hours per week.
An external examiner approves the examination questions and marks 25 randomly selected examination papers. An internal examinar approves the literature assignment.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / F