Course syllabus


KLI021 Food microbiology lp3 VT20 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Biology and Biological Engineering

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Course purpose

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Course literature

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Course design

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Changes made since the last occasion

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Learning objectives and syllabus

Learning objectives:

  • Know and describe main features of main groups of microorganisms relevant for the course; understand present view on domains of life and principles behind measuring phylogenetic relations.
  • Describe the structure and differences of prokaryote and eukaryotes cells, and understand fundamental functions of organelles and cell structures (such as membrane, flagella and capsule).
  • Understand and practically apply fundamental techniques including sterility techniques, cultivation, enrichment and determination of cell concentration.
  • Understand conventional and modern techniques for rapid detection of food borne pathogens.
  • Be familiar with the main food pathogens, their natural habitats and basic understanding of virulence and foodborne disease
  • Understand basic mathematics of microbial population growth, including growth rate and generation time calculation as well as understand phases of growth.
  • Understand fundamental microbial nutrition and the impact of environmental factors such as temperature, water activity, pH etc on microbial growth in food.
  • Show fundamental knowledge on mycelia fungi (moulds) including mycotoxins
  • Describe the microbiology of different types of foods such as meat, milk and fish, and understand factors affecting growth in each
  • Understand principles around hygienic design (HACCP).
  • Show insight and knowledge about various aspects of yeasts, including some ecology, types of yeasts, pathogenic yeasts, model yeasts, probiotic yeasts, and more.
  • Describe the fundamentals of preservation and heat treatment including calculation of death rate.
  • Understand and describe microbial adhesion and biofilms; involved forces, type of adhesion, mechanisms, important structures and relevance in nature and in food handling.-

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Study plan

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Examination form

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Course summary:

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