BIO-2009 Green Biotechnology and Bioenergy - 10 ECTS
Applicants from Nordic countries must have: Generell studiekompetanse, samt følgende spesielle opptakskrav: Matematikk R1 eller matematikk S1+S2 og i tillegg ett av følgende programfag:
- Matematikk (R1+R2)
- Fysikk (1+2)
- Kjemi (1+2)
- Biologi (1+2)
- Informasjonsteknologi (1+2)
- Geofag (1+2)
- Teknologi og forskningslære (1+2)
Application code: 9336 (Nordic applicants). It is a requirement that students have some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics. (Participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects). International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. It is a requirement that students have some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics. A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website - nokut.no
Due to limited lab facilities the maximum number of participants has been set to 23.
Knowledge; Students who have completed this course
- can distinguish "red", "white", "blue" and "green" biotechnology
- can define what a "GMO" is
- are familiar with genetic modification techniques
- are familiar with applications of plant GMOs
- can explain how a photobioreactor works
- can define first, second and third generation of biofuels
Skills; Students who have completed this course:
- can apply safety measures when working with plant GMOs
- are knowledgeable about the challenges within plant biotechnology and its rewards
- can critically assess the pros and cons of plant Biotechnology
- are familiar with techniques for transient plant cell transformation
- can set up and maintain a sterile plant tissue culture
- have knowledge of relevant databases (KEGG, BRENDA, BIOCYC) and modeling tools (e.g. COPASI)
General competance; Students who have completed this course
- know the theoretical background concerning biotechnology
- can read and understand original articles
- have practical expertise concerning expression of foreign proteins in photosynthetic organisms
- have learned to give a talk in front of an audience
- can discuss the contents of publications with fellow students and teachers
20 h of lectures, 4 h of seminar (talks given by each individual student), 30 h of lab and 10 h of computer lab. Necessary safety training will be given. The course will be run as an intensive course (2 consecutive weeks).
NB! Please note that the course has mandatory activities starting in week 33 (August 14)!
Oral exam; Power Point Presentation of a publication in a group seminar with an external sensor present. Pass/Fail.
Course work requirements: Attendence of lectures and lab exercises, and an individual lab report.
There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.