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FCB3001 Higher Seminar in Industrial Biotechnology I 3.0 credits

Welcome to the course "Higher Seminar in Industrial Biotechnology I". The course has no specific course rounds. Registration can be made continuously during the year by contacting the course coordinator Christina Divne (

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FCB3001 (Spring 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Industrial biotechnology is a broad research area with a strong connection to sustainable development, where the doctoral students' projects cover both fundamental and applied research within e.g. bioprocess technology, metabolic engineering, biocatalysis, enzyme technology, and identification and characterization of enzymes for sustainable bioprocesses and drug discovery.

The course takes the form of higher seminars in where the doctoral students present, interpret, analyze, critically examine and actively discuss mainly their own work, but also other relevant research literature within the research field. An important aspect is that the research students receive constructive feedback on their own scientific work.

The course aims to provide both broad and specialized knowledge within the students' own research areas in industrial biotechnology and that of the general subject area of biotechnology, as well as knowledge of academic authorship and the international scientific publishing landscape.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to

  • show basic knowledge, both broad and specialized, in the overall subject area of biotechnology with emphasis on the scientific subject area of the course
  • show basic ability to present, critically examine and discuss scientific papers in the subjects of biotechnology with emphasis on the scientific subject area of the course
  • show basic insights of academic authorship and the international scientific publishing landscape with relevance to the scientific subject area of the course
  • demonstrate basic ability identify, discuss and reflect on ethics and sustainability aspects in the research that is discussed within the framework of the subject area of the course

Course disposition

The course comprises approximately 80 full-time study hours. The course normally extends over an academic year with regular meetings during study-term periods and is the first course in the seminar series. A more detailed description of the course content and structure can be found in the course memo.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level.

Recommended prerequisites

No specific prior knowledge is required, but the target group is mainly doctoral students at the CBH school with an own research project on, or interest in, microbial metabolic engineering, biocatalysis, enzyme technology, and identification and characterization of enzymes for sustainable bioprocesses and drug discovery.


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Literature in the form of the students' own scientific work and published articles are assigned separately for each individual session.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • DEL1 - Participation, 3.0 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.

Grading criteria are specified in the course PM.

Other requirements for final grade

Active participation at 80% of the seminar sessions, which includes presenting, preparing and actively participating in reviewing and discussing selected scientific work.

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 FCB3001

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Zeynep Cetecioglu Gurol,

Transitional regulations

If the examination form is changed, the student will be examined according to the examination form that applied when the student was admitted to the course. If the course is completed, the student is given the opportunity to be examined on the course for another two academic years.

Supplementary information

Number of participants: 20

The course is replacing the course BB3330.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Industrial Biotechnology