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.


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.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 28.02.2022 - 19.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Heli Viskari, 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 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 for whole curriculum period:

    Experimentation, planning, practical implementation, reporting and assignments

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Total 135h = 5 cr

    Laboratory work and other experimentation


    Reporting (written and/or oral)



Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    To be announced later

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 presentations take place in the first half of period V.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV-V

    2021-2022 Spring IV-V

    Course Homepage:

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