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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Protists - Eukaryotic Microbiology

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 2
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Niels Daugbjerg (11-71316764786a656d68756a43656c72316e7831676e)
  • Department of Biology
Course number: NBIK14009U

Course content

Identification, isolation, nutrition, life histories, fylogeny and behaviour of unicellular, free-living organisms. The course includes groups of organisms, which traditionally belong to algae, protozoa, heterotrophic flagellates, including Heterokontophyta, Dinophyta, Ciliata, and soil protozoa.
The course will include lectures, colloquia and laboratory-practice. Participants will also carry out an experimental project (about 30 hours) that includes a written report. The course will be concluded by an oral examination.

To give the participants an overview over the diversity and ecological importance of free-living protists. Participants will also be trained in methods for studying protists including different methods for isolation, culturing and identification, including electron microscopy and DNA-based methods.

Learning outcome


  • present the "tree of life", including describing overall protist-organism groups


  • isolate and cultivate protists
  • explain nutrition forms and the main ecological niches of protists


  • derive general principles across groups of organisms with regard to eg. life history, behavior, cytology
  • selecting and applying appropriate techniques for studies of protists
  • select relevant literature and discuss their own performance in relation to this
  • present and critically discuss original articles
  • illustrate selected aspects of protisters biology experimentally and report this in writing

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MSc Programme in Biology


Study Board of Biology and Animal Science

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


Flemming Ekelund, Per Juel Hansen, and Øjvind Moestrup.


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

1-2 hours of lectures and approx. 6 hours of exercises per week, incl. a project.






See Absalon.


Category Hours
Exam 0,33
Preparation 120,67
Lectures 12
Colloquia 6
Practical exercises 22
Project work 30
Theory exercises 5
Guidance 10
English 206,00


Type of assessment

Written assignment, 4 weeks
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The oral exam is individual with no preparation time. It starts with a 10-minute discussion of the project report followed by a 10-minute examination in Learning Outcome. The two parts of the exam weights 50% each.

The student can pass the exam without passing both parts of the oral exam.


Without aids

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competencies described under "Learning Outcome".



Censorship form

No external censorship
Several internal examiners


The project report can be reused in the reexamination.

If the requirement is not fulfilled, the student must hand-in a 5-page essay that must be approved no later than two weeks before the reexamination.

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