Project in Laboratory Synthetic Biology II

15 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1MB405

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
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, 13 February 2020
Responsible department
Biology Education Centre

Entry requirements

Alternative 1: 120 credits in the Engineering programme in molecular biotechnology, including Project in laboratory synthetic biology I 15 credits or Independent project in molecular biotechnology 15 credits (can be studied in parallel).

Alternative 2: 120 credits including 60 credits biology and 30 credits chemistry, and Project in laboratory synthetic biology I 15 credits or Biotechnological project 10 credits.

Learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to

  • plan and implement a laboratory project in synthetic biology
  • apply subject knowledge in biology chemistry and biotechnology and/or bioinformatics in synthetic biology
  • lead a smaller project group with assignment to carry out a subproject in synthetic biology
  • search compile and present information and knowledge that is required for project's implementation
  • individually document and report result from experimental work in subproject
  • contribute to create an informative Wiki for the project
  • apply a scientific working method to plan implement, interpret and present project's experiment as well as critically review project's result and generate testable hypotheses based on these
  • critically analyse advanced scientific and technical literature in chosen subject areas
  • describe models for how creativity influences innovation and entrepreneurship
  • perform and compile a risk assessment of subproject including ethical considerations.


Choice and planning of a project in synthetic biology. Literature studies of relevant current scientific and technical literature in subject. Design of a technically and temporally feasible project plan. Planning and implementation of lecture around a project relevant subject. Molecular biological work (e.g. PCR, purifying of DNA/RNA and mutagenesis), including cloning with so called Bio-bricks. Biochemical purifying and categorisation of biomolecules. Phenotype categorisation of genetically modified organisms. Biosafety and bioethics.


Teaching is given in the form of lectures, seminars/workshops and supervision. Participation in seminars/workshops as well as in experimental work is compulsory.


Planning and preparation 3 credits; Experimental work 10 credits; Presentation and Wiki 2 credits

Module Planning and preparation requires active participation. Module Experimental work requires implemented and documented experimental work performed according to course's instructions. Module Presentation and Wiki is assessed through written and oral presentations.

Other directives

No more than two of courses Project in laboratory Synthetic biology I Project in laboratory synthetic biology II and synthetic biology may be included in qualification.