Applied Biodiversity


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge gained in Biomolecules and Biochemistry I or similar

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The general microbial diversity of fungi, bacteria and archaea is presented in this courseĀ 

The actual and potential organisms that are used in biotechnology are discussed in detail and their ecology and growth characteristics are worked through together with the different laboratory techniques that are used for isolation and handling of the organisms

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module

  • Can account for microbial diversity
  • Can account for the problems associated to classification and species concepts of microorganisms
  • Can describe commercially important microorganisms
  • Can evaluate conventions regulating commercial exploitation of microorganisms
  • Can describe different screening methods for new microorganisms
  • Can describe how genes with interesting properties can be isolated from natural environmental samples
  • Can account for basic bioinformatics needed to handle microbial diversity


  • Can give an overview of bioinformatic tools associated to the handling of microbial biodiversity
  • Have an overview of the different laboratory techniques used for isolation and handling of different types of microorganisms

Type of instruction

  • Lectures and classroom exercises

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examApplied Biodiversity
Type of exam
Written exam
4 hours
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleAnvendt biodiversitet
Module codeK-BBT-B3-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Biotechnology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science