Course code BIO101

BIO101 Introduction to Biotechnology and Chemistry

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Course responsible: Gustav Vaaje-Kolstad
Teachers: Geir Mathiesen, Tove Gulbrandsen Devold, Siri Merete Grønhovd, Morten Sørlie, Hilde-Gunn Opsahl Sorteberg, Hilde-Gunn Opsahl Sorteberg, 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 bioinformatics. Lectures in bioethics and plagiarism. Lectures and laboratory exercises covering various fields in biotechnology and chemistry. Excursion to businesses in the biotechnological and chemical industry gives insight into how chemical and biotech industry work towards reaching the UN sustainability goals. An introduction to laboratory health and safety (HSE).
Learning outcome:

To pass the BIO101 course, the student must participate in all laboratory exercises and obtain a "passed" grade for all laboratory reports and the poster exercise.

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


  • Have a basic overview on chemical, bioinformatic and biotechnologic research at NBMU.
  • Have obtained some knowledge on biotechnological and chemical industry and their efforts in working towards the UN sustainability goals.
  • Have gotten to know lecturers and several fellow students.


  • Be able to carry out simple laboratory experiments within microbiology, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and bioinformatics
  • Be able to produce a scientific poster and present the content orally
  • The student is able to perform the preparations, techniques and analyses employed in the course.
  • The student masters the instruments and equipment used in the course.

General competence

  • 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.
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 search and poster preparation.  Canvas.
Higher education entrance qualification.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Lectures and laboratory exercises.Handing in lab reports.Generate and present a scientific poster.

BIO101 is evaluated in a continous process. This means that the students get feedback on their hand-inns/ poster assignment in order to increase learning. 

Approved reports from laboratory work.

  • Students get feedback on the lab journals handed in.

Poster presentation. 

  • Students get feedback on their poster draft by their supervisor and on the finished poster by the sensor.
Nominal workload:

Three weeks in August with:

  • Lectures: 20 hours.
  • Laboratory exercises with preparation and journal writing: 60 hours.
  • Excursion: 15 hours.
  • Poster preparation and presentation: 30 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 evaluate poster presentations.
Examination details: Portfolio: Passed / Not Passed