Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 15. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. KBT042 overlaps following cours/es: KAT070, KBT041, KET050, KTE110 and KTE120. Alternative for: MBIO1. Optional for: B4pt. Course coordinator: Professor Olle Holst,, Biotechnology. Prerequisites: KBT070 Biotechnology or KBT115 Bioprocess Technology. Recommended prerequisits: MIO012 Managerial Economics, basic course. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 6. Assessment: Written reports and oral presentations. Active participation. Parts: 3. Further information: The course may be cancelled if less than 6 participants. The course may be taught in english. Home page:

The course shall give the methods for feasibility studies of biotechnological processes, skills in project management and knowledge about business development.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

have knowledge about the different phases of process design from idea to plant,

understand the methodology for feasibility studies of biotechnological processes,

be familiar with how technology, economy, market and legislation interacts in a feasibility study,

be familiar with the work of a project group including knowledge on some common tools for project management

understand the basis for commercialization of business ideas such as market valuation, access to IP and financing.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

be able to search, value and use information relevant for the project using university library resources and open electronic sources,

be able to estimate direct and indirect costs, and to perform cost estimates for a biotechnological plant,

be able to carry out process design using computer software.

know how to write a marketing plan for a business idea

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

in a project group carry out an industrially related feasibility study,

take part in oral and written reports of the feasibility study,

be able to reflect on the role that the student will take in a project group.

Process and plant design, methods used for feasibility studies and plant design, process synthesis, cost estimation, technical and economical evaluation, pricing of material and products. Use of software. Site visits. Guest lectures. Completion of practical/theoretical task, normally in collaboration with biotechnological companies. Project management. Criteria for business evaluation, creation of a marketing plan.

Karlsson, H.T: Process and Plant Design. 1992 (in Swedish).
Karlsson, H.T: The Feasibility Handbook. 2005 (in Swedish).
Handouts and reference materials.


Code: 0112. Name: Business Development.
Higher education credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written report. Contents: A business idea shall be evaluated based on commercial potential, market value, IP and financial resources. A marketing plan shall be written.

Code: 0212. Name: Feasibility Studies.
Higher education credits: 13. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written report and oral presentation. Active participation. Contents: Feasibility study of a bioprocess.

Code: 0312. Name: Project Management.
Higher education credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Active participation. Contents: Fundamentals of project management.