Course syllabus


KLGN01, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 2
Date of Decision: 2012-04-04

General Information

Main field: Biotechnology.
Elective Compulsory for: MBIO1, MLIV1
Elective for: B4-lm
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The aim of the course is to describe how bacteria, associated to man, interact with the host, how administration of specific probiotic bacteria could prevent and counteract disease and how probiotic food could be designed.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to:

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to:

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to:


The following sections are dealt with in the course: Fundamental biological troubleshooting; bacterial systematics and methods to classify and identify bacteria; the composition and ecology of the bacterial flora of the gastro-intestinal tract; effects of probiotics in health and disease; immunological and genomical aspects of probiotics; probiotic mechanisms of action; probiotic interaction with dietary fibres and antioxidants; design of probiotic foods and supplements; food hygienic considerations and safety of probiotics.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Discussion in group followed by an individual exam in writing. Each laboratory lesson group has to make a written report and perform an oral presentation of the lesson.


Required prior knowledge: KMB060 Microbiology.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KLG070

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Siv Ahrné,
Course coordinator: Professor Göran Molin,
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