BB2505 Frontiers in Life Science 3 1.0 credits

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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 *

This course will explore the rapidly growing field of systems biology. Systems biology entails large-scale data acquisition and analysis, and data is often interpreted with metabolic models.

Students will be assigned literature in advance. Students will then attend 2 seminars or lectures within  the theme "Systems biology," with either medical or environmental focus. Students will then write reports on these. The reports will summarize the seminar as well put it in context with the literature and other courses in the Masters programme. The reports will be peer-reviewed and discussed in classroom sessions.

Intended learning outcomes *

The goal of this course is to expose students to recent advancements in the field of Systems Biology. On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

• Demonstrate an understanding of techniques used in systems biology

• Give an example from the literature of when a “systems” approach gave good insight into metabolism not available by other techniques

• Discuss how biomedical and environmental research can benefit from bioinformatics analysis of big data.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Admission requirements for programme students at KTH:
At least 150 credits from grades 1, 2 and 3 of which at least 100 credits from years 1 and 2, and bachelor's work must be completed.  The 150 credits should include a minimum of 20 credits within the fields of Mathematics, Numerical Analysis and Computer Sciences, 5 of these must be within the fields of Numerical Analysis and Computer Sciences, 20 credits of Chemistry, possibly including courses in Chemical Measuring Techniques and 20 credits of Biotechnology or Molecular Biology.

Admission requirements for independent students:
A total of 20 university credits (hp) in life science courses (e.g. biochemistry, microbiology and gene technology/molecular biology). 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics. Documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

Recommended prerequisites

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•Scientific articles and web resources assigned during the course.

•Seminars assigned during the course.

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 *

  • PRO1 - Project, 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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Olof Emanuelsson

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 BB2505

Offered by

CBH/Protein Science

Main field of study *


Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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