Welcome to the course Applied Environmental Microbiology, 15 cr!

On this page you will find information about your course, course registration and more. Here you will also find your course syllabus and the course timetable.

Course information

This course is a full-time course given between weeks 03-12.

Course information
Name of course

Applied Environmental Microbiology

Course code


Application code



Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Science

Course co-ordinator

Name Sandra Wright

E-mail: Sandra.Wright@hig.se 

Telephone: +4626648281 

Course administration

Name Lena Hjelm

E-mail: studentsupport@hig.se

Register on your course!

In order to register on your course, you first need to create a user account. Read more about how to activate your user account in our guide, "Five steps to get started".

If you do not register on time, you will lose your place on the course. Please contact your course administrator before the end of the registration period if you are experiencing problems with course registration.

If you are conditionally admitted you are not able to register on the course yourself.

Period for course registration: 4 January – 17 January

About the course

Course syllabus, reading list and timetable

Course syllabus, reading list and timetable

Course organisation and communication

Course organisation

Welcome to the course Applied Environmental Microbiology, which is an advanced level course. The course gives a general theoretical and practical background of molecular biological techniques for identification and classification of microorganisms. Attendance is mandatory in laboratory sessions and seminars. For the laboratory sessions, you are expected to work independently in and between the laboratory sessions on a research question in a given topic of microbiology. Due to the Covid-19, we will divide the class in smaller groups of 2-3 students per laboratory session spread out at safe distances in the lab; everyone will work on their own. Lab sessions will be held 1-2 times per week during the first part of the course. In addition, if the epidemic situation calls for a suspension of laboratory sessions for a period of time, or if you as a student are ill, we will make practical adjustments to postpone or delay the practical sessions that would have taken place. In the worst-case scenario, we will find other ways to teach laboratory skills (by online movies, tutorials and other digital resources). During laboratory sessions, you are expected to take notes in a bound notebook, which you need to buy prior to the start of the course. For the seminar, you can choose any topic in microbiology to cover in depth; either connected to the lab work (so you already have the literature for the lab report) or of any topic of own choice. The seminar part consists of a written report and an oral presentation.
In addition, there will be lectures on the theory. They will be held online, not recorded, but in classrooms, so if the Covid-19 situation allows, students who wish can physically attend the lectures. There will also be office hours once a week (30 min), usually Friday mornings, when the teacher will be available online for students to answer individual questions.
The course will end with a written examination. It is not clear at the moment if this will be a digital examination or if it can be held on the university premises. The latter is preferred if the situation in the spring will allow for it.


Course communication will primarily be done through the learning platform Canvas, but we will also use email. Lectures and office hours will be held through zoom (permanent link for this course):

Written exams

Written exams

Registration for exams, including re-takes, is mandatory. You can register for exams via Ladok. You need to register at least ten days before the exam date. If you fail to register you will only be able to sit your exam if there is a n empty place in the exam hall.

If you are a distance study student and want to take your exam off-campus, you need to apply to do so at least three weeks prior to the exam date.

Course evaluation

Course evaluation

After your course has finished you will be sent a we-based course evaluation questionnaire via e-mail. Your participation in the course evaluation is very valuable to us and you comments will help improve and develop the course further. All students registered on the course will receive a report of the course evaluation with all comments compiled.

Service and Support


You need to apply for accommodation yourself. Please remember to do it in good time before your arrival. The University of Gävle does not provide any student accommodation.

Free Microsoft Office

As a student at the University of Gävle you have the opportunity to install
Microsoft Office on up to five computers. The Office package includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and Onenote.

  • Library

The library is located in the middle of campus and is open to everybody. You can reach all digital resources such as e-books and e-journals after logging in with your user account.

  • Residence permit
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Student Centre

At the Student Centre you will meet knowledgeable staff that can assist you in just about anything regarding your studies at the University of Gävle. The Student Centre is located in building 22. You will also find a café in this area and TV displays showing current information and the daily timetabling. If you have any study-related questions, you can contact the Student Centre at studentcentrum@hig.se

Student Support

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Tuition fees

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Web meetings with Zoom

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  • Web meetings with Zoom

Wireless network (wifi)

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Publicerad av: Patrik Möllhagen Sidansvarig: Maria Strand Sidan uppdaterades: 2021-02-19
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