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Høst 2020

BIO-8607 Quantitative Microbial Biotechnology II - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Norges fiskerihøgskole

Type of course

PhD course mainly aimed at biology and biotechnology students. The course is also available as a singular course.

Course overlap

BIO-3615 Quantitative Microbial Biotechnology I 10 stp

Course contents

Application deadline

PhD students registered to PhD program at UiT: Apply for admission by registering in StudentWeb before September 1. Others: Apply for a seat before 1 June.

Admission requirements

Application code: 9301

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that there are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you see the following list:

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:

Proficiency in English - PhD level studies

Recommended prerequisites: One or several of following courses (or equivalent): BIO-2001 Fysiologi I, BIO-2513 Marin Biodiversitet, BIO-2601 Generell mikrobiologi, BIO-2606 Generell og marin bioteknologi, MAT-1001, MAT-1002, MAT-1003 Calculus 1,2 & 3, Linear Algebra MAT-1004.

Objective of the course



General competence:

Language of instruction

The course will be taught in English and some materials/communications will be provided in Norwegian.

Teaching methods

The course is comprised of 15 lectures (2 hrs). The syllabus is made up of relevant scientific articles and fact sheets that will be given out after the lectures.

There will be problem-based homework assignments for each section. There will be individual and group projects; students will write project reports and make at least one oral presentation during the course. We may have guest lectures from domain experts.

Students taking BIO-8606 will pursue a parallel path with students taking BIO-3614. However, the BIO-8606 students will also have multiple one-on-one meetings with the primary instructor to develop and independent plan of study that will be reflected as enhanced/advanced quantitative problem solving skills that shall be reflected in the project reports and oral presentations.


The exam consists of 4 parts, each counting 25% of the final grade:

All elements of the exam portfolio must be delivered with a clear presentation of the problem and a solution such that it is understandable by professional scientists and engineers. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. All four parts must be passed in order to pass the course. Take home problem sets will be handed in on the specified due date.

Coursework requirements: 

Students will be expected to act professionally; as if they are training for a paid position in a biotechnology industry, business, government agency or university. Acting like a professional includes the following activities: thoughtful participation in during lectures; providing critical and positive feedback to peers; being respectful and courteous to all peers, instructors and guests; using and developing proper forms of professional communication (such as email, share drives, electronic documents); and being present and punctual for all course activities. Students are expected to attend all classes and to participate actively. If students must miss a class, they are expected to inform the instructor in advance. Re-sit: There will be no re-sit exam.

Date for examination

Written mid term 28.09.2020;Final written 27.11.2020

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.