autumn 2019

BIO-3615 Quantitative Microbial Biotechnology I - 10 stp

Sist endret: 18.06.2019

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Studiested

Tromsø |

Application deadline

Concerns only admission to singular courses: Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Master course mainly aimed at biology and biotechnology students. The course is also available as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9336 - master's level singular course. Admission requires a bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology, biotechnology or chemistry of minimum 80 ECTS.

Recommended prerequisites: One or several of following courses (or equivalent): BIO-2001 Fysiologi I, BIO-2513 Marin Biodiversitet, BIO-2601 Generell mikrobiologi, BIO-2606 Generell og marin bioteknologi, MAT-1001, MAT-1002, MAT-1003 Calculus 1,2 & 3, Linear Algebra MAT-1004

Course contents

  • Microbial (algal) growth kinetics
  • Cultivation, fermentation and photo-bioreactors
  • Metabolism and metabolic engineering
  • Basic principles of systems and synthetic biology

Objective of the course

Knowledge:

  • The course aims enable students to develop quantitative problem-solving skills in the context of different microbial biotechnology applications including marine microalgae.

Skills:

  • Students will develop the ability to apply knowledge of modern biology to different biotechnology and bioengineering applications
  • They will develop the ability to independently gain technical knowledge from available scientific literature
  • The will develop their ability to communicate effectively in professional/technical settings.

General competence:

  • Gain competence that allows for a necessary understanding of the quantitative aspects of microbial cell growth, cultivation, metabolic modelling, metabolic engineering and modern practices in synthetic biology.

Language of instruction

The course will be taught in English and some materials/communications will be provided in Norwegian.

Teaching methods

The course is comprised of 15 lectures (2 hrs). The syllabus is made up of relevant scientific articles and fact sheets that will be given out after the lectures.

There will be problem-based homework assignments for each section. There will be individual and group projects; students will write project reports and make at least one oral presentation during the course. We may have guest lectures from domain experts.

Assessment

The exam consists of 4 parts, each counting 25% of the final grade:

  • Portfolio of 5 take home problem sets counts 25%
  • Portfolio of 2 projects (one written and one oral presentation) counts 25%
  • Midterm written problem set (to be performed within a 2 hour exam) counts 25%
  • Final, written problem set (to be performed within a 2 hour exam) counts 25%

All elements of the exam portfolio must be delivered with a clear presentation of the problem and a solution such that it is understandable by professional scientists and engineers. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. All four parts must be passed in order to pass the course. Take home problem sets will be handed in on the specified due date.

Coursework requirements: 

  • Professionality

Students will be expected to act professionally; as if they are training for a paid position in a biotechnology industry, business, government agency or university. Acting like a professional includes the following activities: thoughtful participation in during lectures; providing critical and positive feedback to peers; being respectful and courteous to all peers, instructors and guests; using and developing proper forms of professional communication (such as email, share drives, electronic documents); and being present and punctual for all course activities. Students are expected to attend all classes and to participate actively. If students must miss a class, they are expected to inform the instructor in advance.

Re-sit: There will be no re-sit exam.

Date for examination

Written mid term 29.11.2019
Final written 26.11.2019

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.

Schedule



Kontakt
Bernstein, HC

Hans Christopher Bernstein


Ingeniørfag, Mikrobiologi, Systembiologi, Syntetisk biologi
Telefon: +4777646114 hans.c.bernstein@uit.no

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Trine Holm Larsen


Seniorrådgiver studieadministrasjon NFH
Telefon: +4777623259 trine.h.larsen@uit.no