Methods in Biotechnology

5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1KB426

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Biology G1F, Chemistry G1F, Technology G1F
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 19 October 2023
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - BMC

Entry requirements

40 credits within the Master's Programme in Molecular Biotechnology Engineering, including 10 credits in Chemistry. Participation in Basic Chemistry, in Introductory Organic Chemistry or Organic Chemistry I, and 5 credits within Cell Biology.

Learning outcomes

In this course, the student receives both theoretical and practical skills in biotechnological methods. On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • isolate, identify and characterize biomolecules, with focus on proteins.
  • plan and perform a practical project in group.
  • critically evaluate the experimental results, discuss the pros and cons of different methods and be able to propose and develop alternative methods.


Strategies and methods for the isolation and characterization of biomolecules (chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy, etc.). Preparation of recombinant proteins. Tailor-made proteins. Qualitative and quantitative studies of biomolecular interactions and mechanisms, structure-function relationships, enzyme kinetics. Membrane Biochemistry. The laboratory work is carried out in the form of realistic projects in smaller groups where basic methods of expression, separation and analysis are included. The project also includes research planning, information retrieval, compilation and evaluation of the results obtained.


Lectures and laboratory work


Written examination at the end of the course (3 credits). Exercises and laboratory work (2 credits). The final grade corresponds to a weighted average of the results of the written test and the results of the exercises / laboratory work.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The course cannot be included higher education qualification together with 1KB412 Methods in Biotechnology.