BB2240 Introduction to Biotechnology 7.5 credits

Introduktion till bioteknologi

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course is divided into two parts.  The first part consists of lectures which create the common foundation for continuing studies.  The lectures discuss the actual areas within biotechnology.  The other part includes a project work where the students may choose an area of interest.  The results of the study will be presented in written form and orally.  This will be followed by a discussion lead by the other students.

Intended learning outcomes *

Biotechnology is a broad concept which includes work with many different applications and with different scientific foundations.  The course is aimed for students with shifting backgrounds within bioscience (biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, etc) but on a level which corresponds to a degree of Bachelor.  The course’s main goal is to provide the students with a broad picture of biotechnology with examples of application with foundations in different scientific fields.  The students can extend their knowledge within an individually chosen area.  The course aims to practice presentation techniques and critical review of scientific texts.  An external exercise in searching through scientific publications is also included in this course.  The students will receive knowledge that will serve as a foundation to continue their studies within the Biotechnology Master programme.

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe on which scientific basis different parts of biotechnology rests.
  • Give examples of different biotechnological applications and uses and their scientific foundations
  • Carry out a comprehensive literature search for a scientific issues/inquiries.
  • From a scientific issue/inquiry, extract information from the literature and summarize it in a scientific report.
  • Formulate a constructive critique for a scientific report.
  • Orally present results from a study within a scientific area.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

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Recommended prerequisites

The Course is for students at the Master Programme in Biotechnology.

BB1010 Introduktion to Biotechnology, BB1080 Biochemistry, BB1020 Cellbiology with Immunology and BB1060 Molecular Biotechnology or equal courses.


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Selected scientific articles.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • NÄR1 - Examination, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 6.0 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 *

Project assignment (PRO1, 6,0 credits, grading scale Pass/Fail) , participation in lectures and seminar (NÄR, 1.5 credits, grading scale Pass/Fail).

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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Pål Carl Nyrén

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

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Offered by

CBH/Protein Science

Main field of study *


Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Full attendence at lectures and seminars and passed project work report.

Supplementary information

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The Course is only for students in the International Programme Master Biotechnology (TBIOM)