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Undergraduate course

Innovation in industrial biotechnology

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study

200-level course at bachelorlevel

Teaching semester

Autumn. The first lecture(orientation meeting is compulsory. This course has a limited capacity based on available supervisors and projects. More information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

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 cases within biotechnology. The cases will be developed together with local industry, industry cluster and R&D institutions.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:



The student

  • has knowledge about examples of established biotechnology products and processes in Norwegian industry
  • has knowledge about the political landscape of bioeconomy and circular economy
  • has broad knowledge about the use of living organisms, molecules or biotechnological methods
  • has good knowledge about innovation systems and value chains
  • har basic knowledge about investments and financial support
  • has basic knowledge on immaterial rights, business models and business strategies
  • har good knowledge about ethical and societal issues relating to responsible research and innovation, including an understanding of sustainable exploitation of natural ressources, and framework for access and benefit sharing of genetic resources


The student

  • 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 new solutions
  • can conduct a defined development project under supervision and according to established ethical scientific conducts

General competence

The student

  • 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, 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

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The department of Biological Sciences, masterstudents at the Molecular Biology Programme have first priority

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars and group work.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Lectures and project assignment

Forms of Assessment

Project assignment. Approved

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale


Assessment Semester

Examination in the autumn semester

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Project assignment

    Submission deadline
    22.11.2021, 12:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam