Microbiological Processes


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

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

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Modern biotechnology is to a large degree based upon the huge metabolic diversity of the microbial world. The most important of the microbial pathway types are presented and compared across the organismal groups. Also interesting pathways that so far are not exploited will be presented. Special metabolic pathways, energy metabolism and production of secondary metabolites will be discussed

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module

  • Can present an overview over microbial physiological diversity
  • Can describe the differences between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, archaea, fungi and algae
  • Can account for microbial interactions
  • Can explain how different types of fermentative, respiring and photosynthetic microorganisms produce energy
  • Can describe microbial turnover of different compounds including nutrient and carbon cycles
  • Can account for industrial use of microorganisms


  • Can establish mass and energy balances for microbial conversion
  • Has an overview of important microbial interactions
  • Can evaluate potential risks and safety measures when handling microorganisms

Type of instruction

  • Lectures
  • Calculation exercises

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examMicrobiological Processes
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 titleMikrobiologiske processer
Module codeK-BBT-B4-3
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