Course syllabus

Inledande bioteknik
Introduction to Biotechnology

KBTA05, 7,5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2014-04-09

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: B1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


to give an introduction to biotechnology and bioprocessing.

to give basic knowledge about proteins, enzymes and genes

to describe the possibilities of modern gene technology

to introduce some future subjects within the study program

to give information about the biotech industry as well as current research.

to introduce project work.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

have knowledge about biotechnological production methods

be able to describe the role of enzymes and microorganisms in a biotechnological process

be able to describe the structure of proteins and its importance for function

be able to describe and explain the way enzymes work

be able to describe the structure of genes and their expression

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

be able to draw simple flow schemes for biotechnological processes

be able to use computers, write reports, do oral presentations and to work in a group

be able to estimate and discuss environmental aspects of a biotechnological process

be able to retrieve information from text books and scientific articles related to a biotechnological process

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

be able to formulate and discuss questions concerning sustainable development in relation to production of biotechnological products such as food and pharmaceutical as well as other bioproducts

be able to discuss ethical, environmental and sociatal aspects of a biotechnological process


Protein structure and function with hemoglobin as specific example. Enzyme properties with chymotrypsin as specific example. Gene structure and function and protein synthesis. Metabolism. Future subjects within the study program is described in the form of inspiration lectures.Group discussion around biochemical topics. Basic process knowledge: raw materials, reactors, reactions, products, energy, environment and sustainable biotechnological production. Compulsory site visit.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written exam. Written report. Oral presentation. Active participation. Compulsory site visit.

Code: 0114. Name: Project.
Credits: 3,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written report, oral presentation, active participation
Code: 0214. Name: Theory.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam
Code: 0314. Name: Site Visit.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Compulsory site visit


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KKKA01, KKKA05, KBTA01, KBKA01

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Olle Holst,
Course coordinator: Leif Bülow,