Syllabus for Protein Engineering

Protein engineering

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG301
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology A1F, Technology A1F, Applied Biotechnology A1F, Chemistry A1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2011-04-27
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2010
  • Entry requirements:

    150 credits complete courses including Molecular cell biology, Functional Genomics, Molecular Infection Biology or Genome Biology. Alternative 30 credits within the Master programme in Applied biotechnology, Molecular biotechnology or Chemistry, biochemistry.

  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

During the course the students will confront a current, industry-related molecular biology/gene technology problem. The course objective is to give the students the in-depth understanding and skills necessary for independent problem-solving. Another objective is to show the steps necessary for commercialisation of a biotechnology invention.

After the course the student should be able to:

  • Analyse the structure of proteins with databases
  • Explain the classification and construction of proteins
  • Analyse and compare the amino acid sequences and structures of proteins and relate this information to function
  • Analyse and compare protein sequence data
  • Explain the function of individual amino acids and their influence on the solubility, structure, and function of proteins
  • Explain the major factors for protein folding
  • Construct bacterial expression plasmids for natural and modified genes
  • Analyse the DNA sequence of proteins for factors which can affect the expression and properties of the Construct primers for isolation of genes by PCR
  • Perform a PCR-based mutagenesis experiment
  • Purify proteins on a milligram scale by biochemical methods and perform a protein crystallisation experiment
  • Maintain a laboratory notebook according to GLP
  • Write a simple research proposal, business plan, and market analysis for a biotechnology invention


Lectures and computer-based exercises on biotechnology methods, and the structure, classification, and function of proteins. Project-based biotechnology experiments and the production of modified proteins.

Lectures, seminars, and computer-based exercises on entrepreneurship. Site-visit and other information on the demands that a biotechnologist can face professionally.

The student shall also present and defend solutions and results for a biotechnology problem, as well as document the laboratory part of the work in accordance with standards expected by future employers.

Course parts: Theory (8 ECTS), practical work (4 ECTS), Commercialisation (3 ECTS).



Instruction takes place in the form of lectures, seminars, and laboratory exercises. Participation is obligatory for the seminars, laboratory exercises, associated lectures, group exercises, exams, and computer exercises.


To demonstrate that the student has achieved the desired learning outcome, he or she must:

Theory Course, (7 ECTS): have a passing grade on the written examination covering biotechnology and physical chemistry methods related to proteins, and protein structure and classification

Practical Course: Present a correctly kept laboratory notebook (GLP standard), present the experimental results (5 ECTS) and a simple research plan with accompanying business plan and market analysis (3 ECTS).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2011

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Petsko, Gregory A.; Ringe, Dagmar Protein structure and function

    London: New Science, cop. 2004

    Find in the library