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740363A Microbiology, 6 ECTS cr 
Code 740363A  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Microbiology  Abbreviation Microbiology 
Scope6 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline3254 Biochemistry 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Preceding studies
all these courses/examinations
    740143P Biomolecules for Biochemists
    740144P Biochemical Methodologies I
Unit Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine 

Pospiech, Helmut 

ECTS Credits 

6 credits

Language of instruction 



B.Sc. yr1 spring

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion  students are able to:

  • define the typical features of bacteria, archaea, fungi and virus and explane the diversity of  different groups of microorganisms
  • explain the basic aspects  of microbial metabolism
  • understand the basics of microbial growth, enrichment, culture and growth control both in the environment and in contained culture
  • explain the essential roles of microorganisms in our environment
  • apply their knowledge for the growth and its control of standard laboratory microorganisms
  • have a basic understanding of the industrial use of microorganisms or microbial compounds.

This module is an introduction to general and applied microbiology and consists of lecture and laboratory exercises. In the lectures, the diversity and classification of microorganisms, especially bacteria will be introduced. Further topics are the structure and function of the prokaryotic cell, bacterial growth, metabolism and physiology, the importance of bacteria in different ecosystems as well as the industrial use of bacteria. The exercises introduce basic microbiological methods and techniques for the aseptic work. These include culture on solid and in liquid media, transfer of bacteria by streaking or spreading, the use of dilution and enrichment techniques, the inhibition of bacterial growth, measurement of bacterial growth and death, and finally the basics of transformation and bacteriophage infection and its use in molecular biology. Attendance at practical course is obligatory.

Mode of delivery 

Face to face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

24 hours lecture and 60 hours laboratory exercises

Target group 

Major students

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Biomolecules for Biochemists and Biochemical methodologies I

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

M. Salkinoja-Salonen (ed.) (2002) Mikrobiologian perusteita, Helsingin yliopisto; Michael T. Madigan, John M. Martinko, Paul V. Dunlap, and David P. Clark Parker (2010) Brock biology of microorganisms, 12th ed. Prentice Hall International. Microbiology laboratory exercises, Dept. Biochemistry (2010).

Assessment methods and criteria 

 Continuous assessment (home works, lab reports), final exam

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.



Person responsible 

Helmut Pospiech

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

Location of instruction: Lectures: Linnanmaa, laboratory: Kontinkangas


Additional data in the course catalogue FBMM - Courses in English for exchange students, Biochemistry
EXCHANGE STUDENTS: Attendance to laboratory part is possible it there are space (degree students have a privilege).

Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Microbiology  Course  Pospiech, Helmut  22.03.21 -14.05.21

Future examinations
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Microbiology exam Lmaa exam  Exam  Pospiech, Helmut  23.04.21
registration period has not begun Microbiology exam 1st retake Lmaa exam  Exam  Pospiech, Helmut  21.05.21
registration period has not begun Microbiology exam 2nd retake Lmaa exam  Exam  Pospiech, Helmut  04.06.21