Course code B15-BIOTEK

B15-BIOTEK Bachelor's Thesis

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Course responsible: Geir Mathiesen, Helge Holo
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
The course starts in January block. The course teaching and assessment in the spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annual
First time: Study year 2014-2015
Preferential right:
Third-year students in the study program Bachelor in Biotechnology
Course contents:

Biotechnology is very important in the transition towards a greener and more sustainable society. Bachelor's students in Biotechnology have the opportunity to write a bachelor thesis within a relevant research area. The thesis is an independent, academic work equivalent to a half semester. It may include literature study, laboratory work, processing and analyzing data The thesis will be structured in line with academic standards. The students will be given guidance and supervision. The following topics are offered:

  • Characterization of the enzyme LPMO
  • Screening for bacteriocin producing bacteria
  • Probiotic bacteria in foods
  • Literature study, topic chosen in collaboration with the supervisor
Learning outcome:

KNOWLEDGE: Having written an 15 credits' Bachelor's thesis, the student has gained knowledge about a specific topic and relevant theories, processes, tools and methods.

SKILLS: The student has got skills in finding, evaluating and referring to information and present this addressing the problem. Moreover, the student gained skills in applying scientific knowledge, make reasoned choices and handels relevant professional tools, techniques and forms of expression.

GENERAL COMPETENCE: The student has gained insight in research planning and the process of conducting an independent project and the dissemination of academic issues.

Learning activities:
The student is entitled to 20 hours of supervision (including assessment of the Bachelor`s thesis).
Teaching support:
Students are encouraged to use available courses and information at the University Library and the Writing Center at NMBU.
Relevant literature identified in cooperation with the supervisor.
Completed 120 credits and good background knowledge in the relevant issue. Laboratory practice corresponding to BIO130.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

The completed contract between the student and the supervisor (s), with a detailed timetable, handed in at the Faculty before work on the Bachelor`s thesis can begin. The students has to pass an initial one week laboratory trial period to demonstrate abilities to fullfill laboratory HSE requirements.

Bachelor’s students must sign out of the laboratory before they hand in the thesis.The sign-out must be approved within the deadline for results.

A writing assignment. A Bachelor's thesis will have a final oral discussion as part of the assessment.
Nominal workload:
375  hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in science.
Type of course:
The student work full-time with the thesis in one quarter of a semester.

The thesis can not be part of a Master’s Thesis.The main supervisor must be a scientific employee at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Cosupervisors may be employed at other universities or external research institutions / industry. Cosupervisors must be approved by the main supervisor and the responsible Faculty. The total hours of supervision are to be divided between all supervisors.

Bachelor’s students must sign out of the laboratory before they hand in the thesis.The sign-out must be approved within the deadline for results.

Internal and external examiner assesses the Bachelor's thesis and any oral discussion
Examination details: Term paper: Letter grades