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BB2220 Project Work in Biotechnology 15.0 credits

The course gives a basic training in formulating and analysing a current problem within the field of Biotechnology and to document this in a report

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Spring 2024 Start 16 Jan 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus BB2220 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is carried out as an individual, independent project, equivalent to 10 weeks of full time studies. A problem within the field of Biotechnology is formulated, planned and analyzed under supervision by a suitable supervisor. The project usually starts with a literature review. Subsequently, a project plan is formulated for experimental work. The project plan should include the background of the project, the scientific question and suggestions for methods to investigate the question.

The project is then described in written report of high quality, where the results are analyzed and evaluated. In addition, the project is presented orally through a seminar. The results as well as results from the literature are compared and critically examined. 

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student shall have

Knowledge and understanding to:

  • apply relevant knowledge and skills acquired in biotechnology and potentially in neighboring areas on a given problem.

Skills and abilities to:

  • within a given setting, even with limited information, be able to independently analyze complex questions on an advanced level in the field of biotechnology.
  • be able to document, describe and explain one’s own work, for a given target group, with high standards of structure, formality and language management.

Values and approaches to be able to:

  • compare, appraise and criticize own and others’ scientific results.
  • identify one’s own need for further knowledge and continuous development of competence.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

To begin the course, the student must have passed at least 120 hp in completed 1:st/2:nd cycle courses in the field of technology, biotechnology or related areas. The examiner may demand additional specific prerequisites for the particular project. 

Recommended prerequisites

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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

P, F


  • PRO1 - Project Work, 15.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Approved project plan
Approved final report
And approved oral presentation.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Usual examiner is Andres Veide.
The following persons can be examiners, depending on direction of the project: Anders Andersson, Mårten Ahlquist, Afshin Ahmadian, Helene Andersson Svahn, Per Berglund, Vincent Bulone, Christina Divne, Olof Emanuelsson, Amelie Eriksson Karlström, Ines Ezcurra, Faris Gelmukhanov, Sophia Hober, Lucas Käll, Gen Larsson, Emma Lundberg, Joakim Lundeberg, Peter Nilsson,Yi Luo, Johan Löfblom, Per-Åke Nygren, Pål Nyrén,Jacob Odeberg, Zivinas Rinkevicius, Aman Russom, Stefan Ståh,Yoaquan Tu, Mathias Uhlén, Olav Vahtras, Andres Veide, Qi Zhou och Hans Ågren.

You must apply before you start with a project course, advanced level, by leaving an application form, "Application for Project course, advanced level" to the BIO students office at AlbaNova, plan 5.