Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 15. Grading scale: TH. Level: G1 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Compulsory for: W2. Course coordinator: Professor Peter Rådström, Docent Mats-Olle Månsson, Docent Ulf Nilsson,, Teknisk mikrobiologi. Assessment: Written examination and written reports. A voluntary oral presentation based on a literature study is included in the assessment. Home page:

To provide basic, theoretical and practical, knowledge about the reactivity of chemical compounds and toxicity as well as to highlight the structure and function of living cells, in particular the microorganisms.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course introduces the student to the fascinating world of living cells, in particular bacteria, their genetics and physiology. The course covers enzymatic catalysis, genome of cells, cellular transport mechanisms and techniques to detect, quantify, identify and cultivate different types of microorganisms. In addition, cellular energy metabolism is covered in order to give a deeper understanding of biogeochemical cycles. In connection to energy metabolism aspects of respiration and photosynthesis are exposed.

The laboratory exercises illustrate theoretical aspects of the course such as the reactivity of chemical compounds and toxicity, purification and characterisation of enzymes, and how microorganisms may adapt to new environments through genetic exchange. The diversity of microorganisms and functionality are illustrated by studying the morphology, physiology, and growth behaviour. The genetic expression and regulation is exemplified by determining the physiological adaptation of bacteria under different cultivation conditions. The influences of cytotoxic and antimicrobial compounds are studied on eukaryotic cells as well as on bacteria.

Prescott, L.M., Harley, J.P. and Klein, D.A., Microbiology, Sixth Edition, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0071112170. Sterner, O. Förgiftningar och miljöhot, Studentlitteratur, ISBN 91-44-02242-5. Kompendium i biokemi. Laboratory manual.