BIO101 Introduction to Biotechnology and Chemistry

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Linda Liberg Bergaust

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Limits of class size:80

Course frequency:Annually

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.

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in the August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block.

About this course

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 of 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.
  • Know both 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.
    • Lectures.
    • Excursion.
    • Instructions in use of computers for making posters.
    • Writing reports from laboratory exercises.
    • Oral presentations of poster.
  • Instruction in use of computers for literature search and poster preparation.


  • Higher education entrance qualification.
  • 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.

  • An external examiner approves the poster topics.

    Internal examiners evaluate the lab reports and poster presentations.

    • Lectures and laboratory exercises.
    • Excursion.
    • Handing in lab reports.
    • Generate and present a scientific poster.
  • 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.
  • Three weeks in August with:

    • 20 hours of lectures.
    • 20 hours of exercises in the laboratory.
    • Two days' excursion.
  • BIO140 Introduction to biology 2 sp.
  • Special requirements in Science