Innovation in industrial biotechnology
Level of Study
200-level course at master level
This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.
It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section (<email>firstname.lastname@example.org</email>). The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The aim of the course is to equip the student with competences in industrial biotechnology that can promote innovation and address societal challenges. Industrial biotechnology is development of products, processes or services for commercial use by means of living organisms, molecules or biotechnological methods. This technology can be applied in industry and society for production of vaccines, bio-based materials, enzymes, feed and food, etc. The course includes a theoretical and a practical approach. The student is trained in solving industry-relevant challenges and develop solution, as well as evaluating these. The practical work is carried out in groups where theoretical knowledge is used in concrete challenges within biotechnology. The cases will be developed together with local industry, industry cluster and R&D institutions.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- has broad knowledge about the use of living organisms, molecules or biotechnological methods
- has knowledge about examples of established biotechnology products and processes in Norwegian industry
- has basic knowledge about the political landscape of bioeconomy and circular economy
- has basic knowledge about innovation systems, immaterial rights, business models, value chains and financial support
- har good knowledge about ethical and societal issues relating to responsible research and innovation, including an understanding of sustainable exploitation of natural resources, and framework for access and benefit sharing of genetic resources
- can solve real life challenges in enterprises by the application of living organisms, molecules or biotechnological methods as tools
- can find, evaluate and refer to various sources of information, and apply these to promote solutions
- can conduct a defined development project under supervision and according to established ethical scientific conducts
- can analyze relevant challenges relating to innovation
- can reflect on sustainability, environmental and ethical aspects of innovation, and societal responsibility
- can communicate theories about and methods for industrial biotechnology
- can contribute to creative and innovative processes
Required Previous Knowledge
KJEM110, KJEM130, MOL100 and MOL200 eller BIO214/ BIO215. A biotechnologist must have broad competences and good skills in basic chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology to exploit microorganisms, plant- and animal cells, or components therein, in order to develop products, processes or services useful to industry or society.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
In order to be admitted to the course, you must be admitted to a study programme at the Department of Biological Sciences and students on master's programme in Molecular Biology have first priority.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, seminars and group work.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Lectures and project assignment (including oral presentations)
Forms of Assessment
Examination Support Material
Examination in the spring semester only
The reading list will be available within Dec 1st
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.