Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student has the ability to:

1. present the structure and physiology of pro- and eukaryotic micro-organisms

2. list the principles of cell growth and underlying intrinsic and extrinsic factors which influence microbial growth

3. Name selected microbes with clinical, ecological or industrial importance and evaluate issues related to sustainable development 

4. describe  human - microbe interactions,  cell-cell interactions, pathogenicity and antimicrobial control measures


Credits: 5

Schedule: 13.09.2021 - 29.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Katrina Nordström

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course deepens the students' previous knowledge in cell biology and biosicences by providing a more detailed view into systematic and applied microbiology.  The focus is on selected microbes only, mainly bacteria, with some general topics on viruses and eukaryotes.  The course aims at illustrating the interactions between humans and microbes, the growth environment and parameters influencing growth, in view of understanding microbial physiology and interactions. The course covers biomedical food and applied aspects of microbiology, by using selected case-examples.

    This is a M.Sc. level course that will not cover the basics of cell structure and function.  It is expected that students have sufficient background knowledge of the basic structure and function of pro- and eukaryotic cells.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course consists of lectures and assignments that are available in the electronic course materials.  Assessment is based on points obtained from the 1) written examination (80%) and 2) the electronic assignments (20%).

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Total 135h = 5cr

    Lectures 24 h

    Assignments 30 h

    Other independent studying 77 h

    Exam 4 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Pearson Mastering Microbiology, electronic materials with electronic textbook provided for students: Brock, Biology of Microorganisms.  Students will get free access to the electronic textbook and the electronic assignments. No need to buy the book. 



Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.