Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2019 - 17.10.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Heli Viskari

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Throughout the course the students will primarily contact responsible
teacher Heli Viskari,

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course the students
1. have sound theoretical knowledge about methods used in biotechnology laboratories
2. have a good understanding of relevant regulations and safety aspects when working in biotechnology laboratories
3. will be able to perform basic microbiology and biochemistry laboratory experiments
4. will be able to plan and conduct basic experimental work by themselves

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course provides the theoretical background and basic practical skills required for working in biochemistry and microbiology, use of aseptic technique in the laboratory, culturing pro- and eukaryotic cells, isolation, identification and microscopy of the cells, working with proteins and performing analytics with different instrumentation.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

The main focus of the course will be in acquiring solid theoretical and
practical skills in basic methods used in biotechnology. This will be done by
culturing microbial cells and by analysing them with several techniques and
devices. In addition to laboratory work the students will also write reports of
the experimental results as well as give an oral presentation according to
given instructions.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Experimentation, planning, practical implementation, assignments, reporting.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Grading is based on attendance, completion of the laboratory experiments

and reporting of results (80%) and other assignments (20%).

Preliminary grading scale: Max 100 points distributed as follows:

Activity and attendance in the laboratory 20

Reports 25 + 25 = 50

Other assignments 10

Seminar presentation 15

Self- and group assessment at the end of the course 5

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Total 135h = 5 cr
Laboratory and other experimentation appr. 75 h

In addition:

Reporting (written and oral)
Assignments and self-study

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Please note that these hours are estimations, depending on each
experimental success and working pace of each student.

Lectures (in lecture rooms and in-between laboratory work) 12 h

Laboratory work and other experimentation 75 h

Reporting (written and oral) 30 h

Assignments and self-study 18 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

To be announced later

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

The course manual will be given to students on September 9th.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Laboratory safety course CHEM-A1010 or CHEM-E0140 (or alternatively, laboratory safety as part of courses CHEM-A1000 or CHEM-E0100 taught before Academic Year 2017-2018) must have been passed before performing any laboratory works in this course.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1-5. Grading is based on attendance, completion of the laboratory experiments and reporting of results and other assignments.

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Priority is given to the degree students in Biotechnology major. If there is space, other students (Aalto degree students and exchange students) with sufficient background in chemistry and biology can be admitted to the course. After the registration period the teacher of the course will inform registered students if they are accepted into the course.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

First half of the course: basic laboratory techniques with the emphasis on

Second half of the course: molecular biology with the emphasis on cloning

The oral presentation seminar takes place during the last
week of the course.

Deadline for the written reports will be approximately one week after the
experiments for each report are completed.


Registration and further information