Syllabus for International Summer School in Synthetic Biology

Internationell sommarskola i syntetisk biologi

Syllabus

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1BG232
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology G1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2019-01-24
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-10-22
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 03, 2020
  • Entry requirements: 30 credits (equivalent to half a year of full-time studies) from a Bachelor's programme in biotechnology, biological science or chemistry, including at least one course in chemistry, molecular biology or microbiology.
  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

The course gives an introduction to methods and theory in synthetic biology.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • account for central methods and tools in synthetic biology
  • plan and carry out basic experiments in synthetic biology using a safe and scientifically based way of working
  • in writing and orally present and explain the planned and completed experiments and methods of the course
  • participate in risk assessment of synthetic biology experiments including ethical considerations

Content

Introduction to the toolbox and methods in synthetic biology. The expression and regulation of genes on transcription and translation level. Biosafety, bioethics and bioinformatics. Written and oral communication training. Planning and implementation of a short research project. Introduction to current research in synthetic biology.

Instruction

The course consists of lectures, seminars and experimental laboratory work. Participation in seminars and laboratory work is compulsory.

Assessment

A pass grade requires active participation in laboratory components, passed seminar presentation (3 credits) and a passed individual written report (2 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 03, 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Liljeruhm, Josefine; Gullberg, Erik; Forster, Anthony C. Synthetic biology : a lab manual

    Find in the library