Course Syllabus for

Advanced Microbial Physiology
Avancerad mikrobiell fysiologi

KMB010F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2015
Decided by: FN2/Eva Nordberg-Karlsson
Date of establishment: 2015-05-20

General Information

Division: Applied Microbiology
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The aim is to provide deep and theoretical knowledge about the physiology, function and exploitation potential of living microbial cells.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must carry out and orally present a literature project, in which different biochemistry and microbiology parts of the course are integrated, analysed, synthesized, and discussed

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must present orally a critical and interdisciplinary report based on scientific papers

Course Contents

The course will provide the PhD student a profound knowledge on the relationships between microorganisms, their function in nature, their application in industry and their potential for solving environmental problems. The course covers the metabolism and genetics of the cell, microbial diversity, and the use of microbes for industrial production and bioremediation.

Course Literature

Microbiology (9th edition). McGraw-Hill, 2014. ISBN 9780073402406.
Web site:

Instruction Details

Type of instruction: Self-study literature review. There are 4 oral examination sessions with all the participants and two teachers present. For each session PhD students prepare, by independent study from a designated part of the study book. During each session the PhD students will answer questions prepared by the teachers. For the oral presentation each PhD student prepares a seminar based on a literature study of a topic related to microbiology. In total the course takes place over 1.5 semesters. Language: The course will be given in English

Examination Details

Examination formats: Oral exam, seminars given by participants. There are 4 sessions of oral examination in the presence of two teachers. At the end of the course each PhD student prepares and presents a seminar with a topic within microbiology. Each candidate will be assessed according to the learning goals.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: competence in biology or biotechnology
Assumed prior knowledge: Microbiology, Biochemistry
Selection criteria: Selection takes place after a personal meeting

Further Information

Maximum 3-4 PhD students. Registration: send an email to the contact person not later than one month before the start of the course (August). Course contact person: Ed van Niel ( tel. 2229693

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Ed van Niel <>

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