Third-Cycle Courses

Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course KMB010F valid from Spring 2015

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  • English
  • Every autumn semester
  • The aim is to provide deep and theoretical knowledge about the physiology, function and exploitation potential of living microbial cells.
  • 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.
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • • demonstrate significant knowledge and understanding of microbial physiology and genetics and have molecular knowledge of proteins, metabolism and ecology
    • show significant knowledge and understanding of microbiological genetics
    • demonstrate significant knowledge and understanding of how microbes can be used for white biotechnology and for solving environment-related problems
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
Types 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 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.
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • competence in biology or biotechnology
Assumed Prior Knowledge
  • Microbiology, Biochemistry
Selection Criteria
  • Selection takes place after a personal meeting
  • Microbiology (9th edition). McGraw-Hill, 2014. ISBN 9780073402406.
  • Web site:
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 code
  • KMB010F
Administrative Information
  •  -05-20
  • FN2/Eva Nordberg-Karlsson

All Published Course Occasions for the Course Syllabus

1 course occasion.

Start Date End Date Published
2015‑01‑01 2015‑06‑30

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