Course code BIO101

BIO101 Introduction to Biotechnology and Chemistry

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Course responsible: Gustav Vaaje-Kolstad, Gustav Vaaje-Kolstad
Teachers: Geir Mathiesen, Victoria Karlsen, Tove Gulbrandsen Devold, Sissel Rogne, Linda Helén Godager, Siri Merete Grønhovd, Morten Sørlie, Hilde-Gunn Opsahl Sorteberg, Hilde-Gunn Opsahl Sorteberg, Kjell Bjørgen Esser, Bao Dung Diep, Torgeir Rhodén Hvidsten, Torgeir Rhodén Hvidsten, Anne Gravdahl
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Introductory course in biotechnology and chemistry, including information technology. Lecture in bioethics and plagiarism. Lectures and laboratory exercises from different fields in biotechnology and chemistry. Excursion to businesses in the biotechnological and chemical industry. An introduction to laboratory health and safety (HSE).
Learning outcome:

After completing "Introduction to biotechnology and chemistry" (BIO101) the student will:

  • Have a basic overview on chemical, bioinformatic and biotechnologic research at NBMU.
  • Be able to carry out simple laboratory experiments within microbiology, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and bioinformatics.
  • Be able to reflect on some basal ethical and moral aspects of current biotechnological/chemical research and science.
  • Be able to retrieve and summarize scientific information.
  • Be able to produce a scientific poster and present the content orally
  • Have obtained some knowledge on biotechnological and chemical industry.
  • Have gotten to know lecturers and several fellow students.
Learning activities:
Lectures. Excursion. Instructions in use of computers for making posters. Writing reports from laboratory exercises. Oral presentations of poster.
Teaching support:
Instruction in use of computers for literature searches and poster preparation.  Canvas.
Higher education entrance qualification.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Lectures and laboratory exercises. Handing in lab reports.
Poster presentation. Approved reports from laboratory work.
Nominal workload:
Three weeks in August with: Lectures: 20 hours. Laboratory exercises with preparation and journal writing: 50 hours. Excursion: 15 hours. Poster preparation and presentation: 65 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
BIO140 Introduction to biology 2 sp.
Type of course:
Three weeks in August with: 20 hours of lectures.  20 hours of exercises in the laboratory.

Introductory course for new students in the

  • Bachelor's programme in Biotechnology
  • Bachelor's programme in Chemistry
  • Master's programme in Technology, specialization Chemistry and Biotechnology.
An external examiner approves the poster topics. Internal examiners on posterpresentations.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått