NBIK14009U  Protists - Eukaryotic Microbiology

Volume 2016/2017

MSc Programme in Biology


Identification, isolation, nutrition, life histories, fylogeny and behaviour of unicellular, free-living organisms. The course includes groups of organisms, which traditionally belong to algae, protozoa, heterotrophic flagellates, including Heterokontophyta, Dinophyta, Ciliata, and soil protozoa.
The course will include lectures, colloquia and laboratory-practice. Participants will also carry out an experimental project (about 30 hours) that includes a written report. The course will be concluded by an oral examination.

To give the participants an overview over the diversity and ecological importance of free-living protists. Participants will also be trained in methods for studying protists including different methods for isolation, culturing and identification, including electron microscopy and DNA-based methods.

Learning Outcome


  • present the "tree of life", including describing overall protist-organism groups


  • isolate and cultivate protists
  • explain nutrition forms and the main ecological niches of protists


  • derive general principles across groups of organisms with regard to eg. life history, behavior, cytology
  • selecting and applying appropriate techniques for studies of protists
  • select relevant literature and discuss their own performance in relation to this
  • present and critically discuss original articles
  • illustrate selected aspects of protisters biology experimentally and report this in writing

See Absalon.

1-2 hours of lectures and approx. 6 hours of exercises per week, incl. a project.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 4 weeks
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The oral exam is individual with no preparation time. It starts with a 10-minute discussion of the project report followed by a 10-minute examination in Learning Outcome. The two parts of the exam weights 50% each.

The student can pass the exam without passing both parts of the oral exam.
Exam registration requirements

To be allowed to the final oral exam, the student should have participated actively in minimum 80% of exercises and seminars including a presentation of a research paper within one of five major topics.

Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners

The project report can be reused in the reexamination.

If the requirement is not fulfilled, the student must hand-in a 5-page essay that must be approved no later than two weeks before the reexamination.

Criteria for exam assesment

In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competencies described under "Learning Outcome".



  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 0,33
  • Preparation
  • 120,67
  • Lectures
  • 12
  • Colloquia
  • 6
  • Practical exercises
  • 22
  • Project work
  • 30
  • Theory exercises
  • 5
  • Guidance
  • 10
  • Total
  • 206,00