Cancelled Protists - Eukaryotic Microbiology

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.


MSc Programme in Biochemistry
MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject

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

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

See Absalon.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 4 weeks
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Type of assessment details
The oral examination 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. Written assignment weights for 50% and the oral exam weights for 50%. Both exams must be passed to pass the course.
Exam registration requirements

To be allowed to the final oral exam, the student should have participated actively in minimum 80% of exercises and seminars including a presentation of a research paper within one of five major topics.

Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners

The same as the ordinary exam. Passed examinations must be reused in the reexamination. If the written assignment is not passed in the ordinary exam a new or a revised assignment can be handed in.

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

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".



Single subject courses (day)

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


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 2
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board for the Biological Area
Contracting department
  • Department of Biology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Niels Daugbjerg   (11-733369667a6c676f6a776c45676e7433707a336970)

Flemming Ekelund, Per Juel Hansen and Øjvind Moestrup.

Saved on the 28-06-2023

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