Credits: 5

Schedule: 24.02.2020 - 14.04.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Heli Viskari

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Learning outcomes: After the course the students

1. can use methods used in molecular biology laboratories

2. can genetically modify pro- and eukaryotic expression hosts

3. know and can apply methods for screening and selection

4. will be able to plan and conduct basic experimental work by themselves

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course builds on a sound knowledge of cellular components and pathways and aims at how these components and pathways can be genetically engineered in order to create new or improved versions. Targeted and random approaches for creating modifications at the DNA level and strategies for identification and selection of improved biocatalysts and cellular systems are covered. The course provides the theoretical background and practical skills.


Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Experimentation, planning, practical implementation, reporting and assignments

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Total 135h = 5 cr

Laboratory and other experimentation appr. 80h

In addition:


Reporting (written and oral)


Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

To be announced later

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

CHEM-E3110, CHEM-E8120 and CHEM-E8115

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 experimental work and reporting of results and 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.

Mandatory laboratory exercises take place during period IV, reporting and final presentation take place in the first half of period V.


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