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.


After the course the students:

  • will be able to perform basic microbiology and biochemistry laboratory experiments
  • can apply methods used in molecular biology laboratories
  • can identify and use the appropriate means for isolation, separation, purification and identification of (small) organic molecules
  • will be able to plan and conduct basic experimental work by themselves

Credits: 5

Schedule: 04.10.2021 - 09.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Alexander Frey, Jenny Thors, Heli Viskari

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:

    This course provides the theoretical background and basic practical skills required for working in organic chemistry and bioscience lab. The course includes for example:

    • use of aseptic technique in the laboratory, culturing pro- and eukaryotic cells
    • working with DNA (PCR, molecular cloning, expression)
    • working with proteins (protein purification, ELISA, SDS-PAGE, Immunoblotting)
    • use of computational tools for analyzing of DNA molecules and in silico cloning
    • synthesis of organic compounds and their isolation/purification based on chromatography and recrystallization techniques
    • spectroscopic and chromatographic characterization of compounds and evaluation of their purities

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assessment is based on active participation and completion of the experimental work, reporting of results and assignments.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • Total 135 h = 5 cr
    • Lectures and seminars 18h
    • Laboratory work 70h
    • Reporting and assignments 47h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Materials distributed during the course

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course starts in the second half of period I.






    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-II

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II

    Course Homepage:

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

    Sisu, A maximum number of 20 students can be admitted to the course. Priority is given to the degree students in Biosystems and Biomaterials Engineering 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.