Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The students will be able to

1. design, carry out, analyze and report experimental procedures in wet-lab
regarding biological phenomena and bioprocesses

2. interpret certain metabolic pathways and adapt methods to analyze and
engineer those for novel products and for better efficiency

3. apply modern techniques of measurements, analysis, and control at different levels of examinations (molecular, single cell, population, reactor, process, plant)

4. master practical application of common equipment to produce and apply
biotechnical materials and compounds (cells and enzymes and their products)

5. apply their theoretical knowledge and practical skills to develop processes
and products and solve typical problems related to these

Credits: 5

Schedule: 18.10.2021 - 26.11.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tero Eerikäinen, Jenny Thors

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The objective of the course is to give an overall picture of fermentation in laboratory and pilot scale. The course has two laboratory works: 1) Laboratory-scale fermentation of a recombinant protein, protein purification and protein analysis. 2) Pilot scale fermentation of a sugar alcohol and downstream processing. The students will learn how to use different laboratory equipment for fermentation, downstream processing, quantification of processes, and protein purification with various analyses.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Pre-exam of lab instructions, activity in laboratory works, group work activity, report writing, presentation quality.  

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Total 135h = 5cr

    Introductory lectures 4 h

    Laboratory and other experimentation 85 h
    Planning, entry test 21 h
    Reporting (written and oral) 25 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    To be announced later

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Only available for students majoring in Biotechnology.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Sisu not later than in week 41. Materials are given and groups are divided in week 42.