TBT4508 - Bioinformatics and Biopolymeric Materials, Specialization Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 50/100
School exam 50/100 2 hours D

Course content

In 'Biopolymeric Materials', emphasis will be placed on the properties and behavior of biological macromolecules at concentrations above critical overlap concentration, such as viscosity profile, order / disorder transitions, gel formation, viscoelastic properties and phase behavior when mixing macromolecules. Examples of the use of biopolymers will be given with special emphasis on biomedicine and biopolymers used in immobilization of cells and enzymes. Demonstration of rheological equipment for characterization of soft materials will be given.

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.

Learning outcome

Biopolymeric materials: Basic knowledge of biological biopolymers in concentrated solutions and gels, materials based on them and how such materials can be tailored and changed to defined properties. Bioinformatics: The student learns how to read DNA.

Learning methods and activities

Biopolymeric materials: Lectures and demonstrations. The bioinformatic part uses a problem-based learning approach.

Further on evaluation

Biopolymeric materials: Written exam. Bioinformatics: Based on a raport. Each graded part (written exam in Biopolymeric Materials, report in Bioinformatics) counts 50% of the total grade in the course. Both the report and the written exam must be passed to pass the course. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Information will be given at commencement of the course. Bioinformatics: Information will be given at commencement of the course. This part relies on use of freely available online websites/softwares.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BT3220 3.7 AUTUMN 2020
TBT4506 3.7 AUTUMN 2020
TBT4507 3.7 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biotechnology and Food Science


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 50/100 D 2023-11-29 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111+SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 7
Autumn ORD Assignment 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 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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