Course syllabus

Livsmedlens kemiska och mikrobiologiska grunder
Food, Chemical and Microbiological Bases

YTHA70, 15 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2014-04-14

General Information

Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


To give basic knowledge in food microbiology and chemistry.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must


Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must




The course introduces foods and the general content of compounds in food and gives microbiological and food chemical bases. The basic chemistry includes the components of the atom, the composition of molecules, chemical bonds, the periodic table and chemical reactions. Food chemistry deals with water, lipids, carbohydrates and proteins and their most important properties.

The concept of microbiology is introduced with focus on food applications. Different groups of microorganisms are presented together with their properties, functions  and special growth requirements. Specific nomenclature and concepts of microbiology are introduced. Laboratory practices cover microscopy, aseptic techniques, substrate preparations, plate count and calculations of result.

The teaching is based on lectures, laboratory work, and exercises.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: Written examination, laboratory experiments.

Code: 0109. Name: Written Examination1.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed written examination1.
Code: 0209. Name: Written Examination 2.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed written examination 2.
Code: 0309. Name: Laboratory Experiments 1.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Eva Jonsson,
Course homepage:
Further information: Written examinations. Laboratory works, guest lectures and study visits are compulsory. In case of legal impediment the student should accomplish an individual task with equivalent content.