BTA2004 - Basic Biotechnology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

Basic biotechnology will give students an introduction to the field of biotechnology, innovation and sustainability. The course presents various disciplines within biotechnology such as biotechnology history and milestones, ethics and biotechnology, (Biotechnology Act), industrial biotechnology, marine and medical biotechnology. Lectures and case assignments will include topics from personalised medicine, forensic medicine and the biotechnological medicines of the future. The course connects to the biotechnology industry and looks at industrial biotechnology, biomarine products and manufacturing processes, as well as agricultural biotechnology, GMOs, pesticides, organic production.

Biotechnology is a field with a high degree of innovation, and the course presents cases from different biotechnology areas, as well as an introduction to sustainability and the UN Sustainable Development Goals linked to the biotechnology field. The course will also include work on innovation tools and processes for innovation.

The course also focuses on skills training in literature search, application of scientific literature and scientific writing training. The course has compulsory prerequisites that include exercises in oral presentation, scientific writing and collaboration.

Learning outcome


  • The student has basic knowledge of the history and significance of biotechnology
  • The student has knowledge of the most important biotechnological applications in medicine, agriculture, industry, ocean space and marine production
  • has knowledge of proteins, vitamins and minerals, oxidation reactions for fats and proteins, antioxidants, raw materials for human consumption compared to animal feed, environmental toxins; organic and inorganic, pharmaceutical compared to dietary supplements, focus on marine lipids and proteins
  • has knowledge of the most important laws and regulations that apply to biotechnological research and development work
  • Knowledge of how biotechnology can be used in forensic medicine
  • is familiar with the use of biotechnology for diagnostics and treatment of humans and animals
  • has knowledge of sustainability, innovation and innovation processes


  • has practical skills to plan and carry out scientific writing work
  • can conduct scientific literature searches, evaluate scientific literature and critically evaluate sources as a basis for their own scientific work
  • can apply innovation tools

General Competence

  • Students have knowledge of biotechnology as a field of study, and can keep themselves professionally updated by searching for available and relevant literature
  • Students can discuss academic issues and evaluate ethical perspectives within the biotechnology field
  • The students have gained experience with targeted work to solve an academic problem, both individually and in collaborative groups.
  • Students have gained insight into relevant areas of work for biotechnology as a profession, as well as innovation and sustainability.
  • The students have gained experience with digital tools for literature searches, reference tools, digital presentation forms.

Learning methods and activities

Pedagogiske metoder: Lectures up to 30 hours, scientific writing, four compulsory semester assignments and one innovation project.

In total five mandatory assigements: four compulsory semester assignments and one innovation project.

Total workload approx. 200 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Innovation project
  • Four semester assignments

Further on evaluation

Portifolio assesment; written mandatory assignments are delivered as one portfolio.

The course has innovation project as part of compulsory prerequisites for the exam in the course.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Biotechnology (427BT)

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MB201712 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biological Sciences Ålesund


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Portfolio 100/100 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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