BT3220 - Biotechnology, Advanced


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 50/100
Written examination 50/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course is a signature course for the study programs in Biotechnology (MBIOT5, MSBIOTECH) and is jointly organized by Department of Biotechnology and Food Science and Department of Biology.

The Bioinformatics part (50%) gives a comprehensive introduction to DNA analysis. Each student receives a 20 kb large "raw" DNA-sequence with unknown identity and origin (bacterial, archaeal, or eukaryotic). The students in groups of 2-4 is expected to analyse the sequence based on questions raised in an available compendium. This bioinformatic part is using a practical approach where the students are guided and have to use a wide portfolio of electronic bioinformatic tools. The students will submit several reports throughout the course work, where each is building on the previous, and all are included in the basis for grading.

The Biotechnology part (50%) consists of a seminar series with invited guest lecturers that will present current Biotechnology with emphasis of understanding of the cellular functions at a molecular level, advanced biotechnological methods and their applications, including omics technologies and advanced recombinant DNA technologies applied in Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology. One or more mandatory group works are included in this part. An introduction to the principles of responsible research and innovation (RRI) will also be given.

Learning outcome

The student has broad knowledge in methods and strategies that are applied in current Biotechnology, including bioinformatics, recombinant DNA technologies and omics technologies. This includes methods for design and construction of biosynthetic pathways and their functional integration into a prokaryotic or eukaryotic host. The student has competence to understand the connections between the biochemistry and metabolism of the cell, including availability of precursor metabolites, reducing power and energy, for overproduction of specific biomolecules. The student has clear understanding of challenges associated with application of prokaryote and eukaryote organisms in biotechnological processes. The student has competence in ethical and societal problems associateed with responsible research and innovation (RRI) within the Biotechnology sector.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group work and seminars. The course is given in English

The students will identify a relevant biotechnological problem/ questions and present their findings in a mandatory poster session

Compulsory assignments

  • Poster

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the final grade in this course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (50%) and works (50%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. In cases of rescheduled examination, there will be an exam of the whole portfolio.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Biotechnology (MBIOT5)
Biotechnology (MSBIOTECH)

Course materials

To be announced at course start

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MOL3021 3.7 01.09.2018
MOL3022 3.7 01.09.2018
TBT4507 3.7 01.09.2020
TBT4508 3.7 01.09.2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 2

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biotechnology/Molecular Genetics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biotechnology and Food Science



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD work 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 50/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 50/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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