Project in Laboratory Synthetic Biology II

15 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1MB405

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Biology A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 9 November 2016
Responsible department
Biology Education Centre

Entry requirements

120 credits in the Engineering programme in molecular biotechnology including Project in laboratory synthetic biology I or Independent project in molecular biotechnology

Learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to

  • plan and carry out a laboratory project in synthetic biology
  • apply basic subject knowledge in biology, biotechnology and/or bioinformatics for applications in synthetic biology
  • lead a smaller project group with the task to carry out a laboratory subproject
  • compile and present basic knowledge of importance for a successful implementation of a laboratory project
  • compile and report the laboratory results of the completed project
  • apply a scientific working method in planning, implementation, presentation and interpretation of advanced experiments that relate to a current problem in synthetic biology, as well as to review the results critically and generate falsifiable hypotheses based on these experiments
  • critically analyse scientific literature in the area
  • evaluate a laboratory project ethically
  • carry out and compile a risk assessment of a laboratory synthetic biological project.


Advanced biotechnological methods comprising cloning, mutagenesis, PCR technology, synthesis of nucleic acids and DNA sequence determination. Experimental characterization of structural and functional properties of biomolecules. Purification and production of macromolecules. Bioinformatic analysis and categorisation of project relevant genes and biomolecules. Basic theoretical and computational modeling of replicating systems. Laboratory sessions highlighting BioBrick cloning as a methodology in synthetic biology.


The teaching is given in the form of group exercises, seminars and laboratory sessions. Participation in the main part of completed group work, seminars and laboratory sessions are compulsory.


Course modules: Preparatory planning 3 credits; Laboratory work 10 credits; Presentation 2 credits The module preparatory planning requires active participation. The module laboratory work requires completed laboratory sessions presented according to in the course presented guidelines. The module presentation is examined through written and oral presentation.

Other directives

The course can not be included in the degree together with 1MB433 Synthetic biology