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Teaching and exams spring 2022

At the MN Faculty teaching is in-person this spring, but there may still be cases of online or hybrid teaching.

Please see the semester page, Canvas or your regular channel of information for changes in teaching and form of examination.

Course content

This course provides an overview of the fields of microbiology and mycology, with a focus on terrestrial diversity. The course mainly covers prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbiology, with a focus on their metabolism, environmental methods, and diagnostics. Microbial genetics and microbial pathogenesis are part of other, more advanced courses.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you

  • have general knowledge of microbiology and mycology
  • will learn about the diversity of microorganisms, their metabolism and ecology
  • will have practical skills such as sterile techniques, enrichment cultures, microscopy, food microbiology (e.g. fermentation), air microbiology and environmental and clinical diagnostics methods.

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Priority will be given to students in the bachelor program in Biosciences.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety and HMS0505 – Electricity Safety

BIOS1150 – Biodiversity and BIOS1130 – Biokjemi I

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures

  • Colloquia (mandatory) 

  • Lab sessions (mandatory)

Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam.

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, also for those on the waiting list. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you will lose your seat on the course if you have not informed the student administration prior to the first lecture.

Students should consider buying a personal travel and personal injury insurance as the course contains lab and/or field work. Click here for further information about student insurance.

Approved mandatory elements are valid for 3 years.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Final written exam that counts 100 % towards the final mark

Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam.

Exam attempts

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam in the following course: MBV3060 – General microbiology (continued) 

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) May 18, 2022 2:16:58 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)