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BI1421 Microbiology, 7.5 Credits




Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Biology of microorganisms 3.5 0101
Interactions between microorganisms and humans 1.5 0102
Laboratory exercises 2.5 0103

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirementsBachelor’s level (G1F)

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

Basic knowledge in biochemistry equivalent to 7.5 credits or cell biology equivalent to 7.5 credits.


The course shall provide an understanding of how microorganisms are structured, grow and interact with the surrounding environment. The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge and laboratory training in microbiology.

After completing the course the students should be able to:

- describe the cellular structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms and list the main differences between these two groups

- describe the fundamental physiology, metabolism, genetics and ecology of microorganisms

- describe the classification and systematics of microorganisms

- describe how microorganisms affect society

- briefly describe the underlying theory and execution of laboratory techniques for the isolation, characterisation and identification of microorganisms

- be able to analyse and interpret laboratory data for the isolation, characterisation and identification of microorganisms


The course mainly focuses on the biology of bacteria and fungi but also features archaea, protozoa, algae and viruses. Laboratory exercises are an important course element.

Lectures and compulsory practicals will cover the following topics:

- methods for the isolation and study of microorganisms

- the cellular structure, physiology, metabolism, genetics and growth of microorganisms

- microbial systematics and taxonomy

- the importance of microorganisms for nutrient cycling and their ecological interactions with each other and with macroscopic organisms

- methods for sterilisation and disinfection of microorganisms

- antimicrobial substances and development of resistance

- the importance of microorganisms in public health, industry and food production

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written exams and approved written presentations of laboratory exercises. Approved participation in compulsory parts of the course.
  • 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 courses Microbiology 7,5 credits and Microbiology and Immune Defense Mechanisms 10 credits cannot, due to overlapping course content, both be included in the degree.

Responsible department

Department of Molecular Sciences

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Mikrobiologi
Replaces: BI1031, BI1337

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Litterature list

Joanne Willey, Kathleen Sandman, Dorothy Wood. “Prescott's Microbiology” (12th edition). McGraw-Hill Higher Education. ISBN 9781264088393.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Food Science (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19030 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level (G1F)
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1421 Application code: SLU-40131 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Molecular Sciences Pace: 100%