Course syllabus

Environmental Biotechnology

KBTF10, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED B/K
Date of Decision: 2017-03-29

General Information

Main field: Biotechnology.
Elective Compulsory for: MBIO1
Elective for: B4-pt, MLIV1, W4-p
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


This course gives an overview of how biotechnical tools can be applied in remediation of polluted soil/water, in waste handling and in pollution prevention. The aim is to give the student an understanding of the combined practical and cellular/molecular aspects of these processes.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Understand the different biotechnical methods that are presented during the course. These should be described both on a theoretical and practical level, with understanding for the drawbacks and advantages of the methods. Calculations and design for environmental biotechnology processes like e.g. waste water treatment processes is also part of the knowledge and understanding that is assessed, both practically and theoretically.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course deals with practical and theoretical aspects on dealing with pollutants in soil and water. Also the possibilities with biotechnology in the process of replacing materials of fossil origin with renewables are discussed. The lecture part of the course includes the following topics.

Examples are given both from the research projects at department of Biotechnology, and presented by lecturers from commercial environmental biotechnology companies in the region. Commercial research and full scale applications are presented through site visits.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: Passed written exam and passed written project report.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0117. Name: Environmental Biotechnology.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written exam.
Code: 0217. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved written report.


The number of participants is limited to: 27
Selection: Credits remaining for the degree
The course overlaps following course/s: KBT080

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Olle Holst,
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