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BB1010 Introduction to Biotechnology 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus BB1010 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course in introductory biotechnology provides an orientation on cell biology and chemistry and on how central molecular biology tools and methods can be used in medical and technical applications. The course also includes a sub-section on science philosophy and ethics, with a focus on biotechnological questions.

The course consists of the following parts:

  • The structure, sub-structures and organization of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • The catalytic function and role in metabolism of enzymes.
  • The structure of building blocks of protein and nucleic acids.
  • Detailed account of metabolic pathwauys, e.g. glycolysis and the citric acid cycle.
  • Replication of DNA, transcription and translation.
  • The most basic molecular biology methods.
  • The structure of the genomes of prokaryotes and eukaryotes
  • Transport of proteins in human cells
  • The structure of the cell membrane and different types of transport mechanisms through membranes.
  • Ethical principles and application on biotechnological questions.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course (Grade E) the student shall have

Knowledge and understanding to:

  • Describe basic concepts in biotechnology (TEN1, LAB1)
  • Explain basic functions in cells (TEN1)

Skills and abilities by being able to:

  • Summarize the laboratory exercises performed in a report (LAB1)

Values and approaches to:

  • Apply an ethical principles on biotechnological questions. (TEN2)
  • Illustrate sustainability goals and global challenges as well as the impact of biotechnology and the opportunity to contribute to the fulfillment of these goals.

For higher grades (A-D) a deeper knowledge and understanding of the course’s contents and the ability to combine knowledge from the course’s different parts to solve more complex biotechnological questions (TEN1).

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Previous knowledge corresponding to Biology B is recommended.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN3 - Written exam, 5.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN4 - Written exam, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web BB1010

Offered by

CBH/Protein Science

Main field of study

Biotechnology, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Students are required to sign up at least two weeks in advance for examination.

The course is given provided at least seven students are admitted.