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* Retrieved from Course syllabus CB1020 (Autumn 2021–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course aims to train abilities that are important for working in project form, as well as to provide a deeper understanding and execution of a modeling project using computer programming. The course provides basic knowledge of the role and responsibility of mathematical modeling for biotechnology applications. The projects are interdisciplinary towards areas that are close to biotechnology. The course includes:

  • A discussion of the role of modeling in biotechnology
  • The application of project management tools
  • The design and implementation of a project in biotechnology with focus on mathematical modeling.
  • Literature search and reference management
  • Self-reflection based on group dynamics and processes
  • Report writing
  • Oral presentation

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student shall have

Skills and abilities to:

  • Plan and execute a small-scale mathematical and computational research project in a group of 4-6 members, according to agreed timeframes with the help of a suitable form of project management.
  • Identify relevant information, critically assess and use it to design and execute the project.
  • Implement a basic mathematical model in a computer program
  • Demonstrate ability to present the project’s aims, implementation, results in written and oral forms

Values and approaches to:

  • Combine scientific disciplines within the project. 
  • Evaluate group work and the individual’s own work effort towards the common goal, including the use of tools for project management, and the ability to stimulate self and group performance.
  • Demonstrate a good ability to account for the knowledge, process, results and conclusions of the project work in a written report and oral presentation.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

BB1170 The Engineer in Focus (examination INL2 only), BB1150 Biochemistry, BB1160 Eucaryotic Cell Biology, BB1030 Microbiology, BB1190 Gene Technology.

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, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • UPP1 - Self reflection, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: 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

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Offered by

CBH/Protein Science

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Additional regulations

There are courses that have all or part of the same content: BB1220 Projects in Biotechnology