NBIK15005U Advanced Bacteriology 2

Volume 2016/2017

MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biochemistry
MSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine


Theme 1: Bacterial physiology

  • Structure and function of the prokaryotic cell, metabolic diversity

Theme 2: Symbiotic bacteria

  • Bacterial symbionts in animals and plants

Theme 3: Pathogenic bacteria in humans

  • From free-living to pathogen: Adaptatin to pathogenicity
  • Bacterial disease mechanisms
  • Infectious biology in humans of selected bacteria
Learning Outcome

By the end of the course students are expected to be able to master:


  • describe structural and functional attributes of bacteria that relate to their ability to live as single-cell organisms or in intimate associations with eukaryotes
  • describe the metabolic diversity of bacteria and the diversity of an ecological context
  • describe the molecular basis of bacterial mutualistic symbiosis with a selection of animals and plants
  • describe the mechanisms of bacterial paathogenesis in humans
  • describe in detail the molecular basis of pathogenesis of selected pathogenic bacteria on humans


  • evaluate quorum sensing in relation to bacterial physiology and bacterial pathogenesis
  • evaluate and analyse bacterial adaptations to pathogenicity
  • evaluate the potential of bacteria to produce infectious disease in humans


  • analyse, put into pespective, and criticize the primary scientific lierature
  • perform effective written and oral presentation of acquired knowledge and ideas

See Absalon.

Introductory courses in molecular biology and microbiology and the course Advanced Bacteriology 1 are recommended.
Generally include two 3-hour discussion classes (Tuesdays from 13.15-16.00 and Fridays from and one double lecture (Monday form 10.15-12.00), and a guest lecture in "New trends in microbiology" (Friday afternoon).
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Lectures
  • 21
  • Preparation
  • 142
  • Seminar
  • 42
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Final oral exam based on curriculum, 20 minutes without preparation. All exam questions will be published 10 days before the exam.
Exam registration requirements

In order to be allowed to the final exam, the student should have participated actively in the course and have performed a satisfactory oral presentation based on a scientific paper.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

As ordinary exam.

If the requirement is not fulfilled, the student must hand in a scientific paper that must be approved by the teacher no later than two weeks before the registration period for reexamination ends.

Criteria for exam assesment

To obtain the grade 12 the student must be able to demonstrate an excellent fulfilment of the learning outcome described above.