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Microbiomes – an introduction to the fascinating world of microorganisms

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BI1376 Microbiomes – an introduction to the fascinating world of microorganisms, 7.5 Credits

Mikrobiom - en introduktion till mikroorganismernas fascinerande värld

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Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
The microbial world 3.00 1002
Microorganisms in our lives 2.50 1003
Final exam 2.00 1004

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

General entry requirements to Swedish higher education


The course " Microbiomes – an introduction to the fascinating world of microorganism " is an orientation course in microbiology that aims to give the student an understanding of microbiomes, including the diversity and dynamics of microorganisms in various environments and ecosystem, as well as applications using microorganisms for a sustainable use of natural resources.
After completing the course the student will be able to:
- Describe and discuss general principles of microbial life strategies
- Show familiarity with the use of microscopy to study microorganisms and how molecular methods can be used to study microbiomes.
- Describe species diversity and functions of microorganisms and explain the occurrences of microorganisms in different environments, their adaptations and dynamics, based on theory and a basic understanding of the relative importance of environmental and biotic factors.
- Give examples of toxic substances produced by microorganisms, their effects and reason why they are produced (eg antibiotics / antibiotic resistance)
- Exemplify, and reason about, how microorganisms can be used, for example in the biotech industry, for food production and in environmental engineering.
- Exemplify, and reason about, how we can make use of microorganisms to achieve sustainable use of natural resources


The course covers bacteria, archaea and fungi, and to some extent also viruses, protists and microscopic algae. The topics in the course range from the structure and functions of microorganisms; their importance for human, animal and plant health and disease, their roles in ecosystems, biotechnological applications for the production of e.g. pharmaceuticals and food using microorganisms, to how microorganisms can be used to treat contaminated water or soil, manage waste, produce energy and their importance for sustainable use of natural resources.
The course is given as a distance course.
The teaching is conducted in the form of lectures, laboratory work, group and project work.

Formats and requirements for examination

The examination can be conducted through oral and written tests, assignments and project work. This can be done either at the end of the course or during the course. Submitted project work is reported in writing and in seminar form.
Laboratory, group and project work as well as seminars are compulsory.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The teaching language of the course is Swedish, but individual lectures or laboratory sessions may be given in English.
The course is a distance course that is given at 25% speed . The course includes compulsory meetings in Uppsala.

Responsible department

Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Mikrobiologi
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1376 Application code: SLU-20162 Location: Uppsala Distance course: Yes Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology Pace: 25%