Applied Microbiology


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in:
Chemical and Bio Industrial Products II
Chemical Analysis of Homogeneous Analysis
Methods in Quantitative Chemical Analysis
Applied Statistics
Microbial Biotechnology (in parallel)

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • Account for basic microbiology
  • Account for basic security in relation to the handling of microorganisms and enzymes
  • Describe reactor types that are relevant for Technical Microbiology, configurations thereof as well as their advantages and limitations
  • Account for scale-up of microbiological processes including physical conditions and limitations
  • Describe sterilization procedures and decimation time for microorganisms


  • Demonstrate basic skills in practical methods for the characterization of microorganisms, substrates and products
  • Select suitable microorganisms or enzymes to a specific technical problem
  • Set up and solve relevant mass and energy balances for microbiological processes at laboratory scale and in technical scale
  • Describe the necessary safety measures at all scale levels
  • Account for proper waste management at all scale levels
  • Account for suitable analytical methods for monitoring the microbiological process
  • Construct an experimental setup equipped with appropriate data collection
  • Analyze and interpret data from a fermentation process based on knowledge of the microorganism used
  • Report data from the technical microbiological studies using proper statistical computing
  • Write a project report following the standards of the field of study, include relevant literature, use the correct terminology, and communicate the problem and results in writing, graphically and orally in a coherent way
  • Justify the choice of methods, models and other tools used in the project and asses the problem of the project and results in relevant professional contexts


  • Provide technical microbiological knowledge to a broad range of people with different professional backgrounds
  • Handle the planning, implementation and management of a project and handle complex and development-oriented tasks during the project work and contribute to the project group's work and results
  • Identify own learning needs for continued development and education in the field of study

Type of instruction

Project work

Access to perform laboratory experiments requires participation in laboratory safety instructions

Extent and expected workload

450 hours



Name of examApplied Microbiology
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleTeknisk Mikrobiologi
Module codeK-KT-B4-18
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module
Time allocation for external examinersB


Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science