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740374A Microbiology, 3 ECTS cr 
Code 740374A  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Microbiology  Abbreviation Microbiology 
Scope3 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline3254 Biochemistry 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Preceding studies
all these courses/examinations
    740147P Biomolecules for Bioscientists
    740144P Biochemical Methodologies I
Unit Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine 

Pospiech, Helmut 

ECTS Credits 

3 credits

Language of instruction 




Learning outcomes 


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 micro organisms, 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.

Mode of delivery 

Face to face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

24 h lectures

Target group 

Minor subject students

Prerequisites and co-requisites 


Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

M. Salkinoja-Salonen (toim.) (2002) Mikrobiologian perusteita, Helsingin yliopisto; M.T. Madigan, J. M. Martinko, J. Parker (2010) Brock biology of microorganisms, 13th ed. Prentice Hall International.

Assessment methods and criteria 

 Continuous assessment (home works), final exam

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



Person responsible 

Helmut Pospiech

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

This module is the same as Microbiology (740363A) except that it contains no practical component. Location of instruction: Linnanmaa campus


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Microbiology  Course  Pospiech, Helmut  22.03.21 -09.04.21

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