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2BIO033 Methods in Cell and Reproductive biotechnology

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes: 


The student

  • has thorough knowledge in scientific theory 
  • has advanced knowledge about relevant techniques in cell and reproductive biotechnologies
  • has knowledge that can be applied in the industry and in further scientific education


The student

  • can understand and use relevant scientific literature   
  • can perform the following advanced laboratory techniques: cell cultivation, immunocytochemistry, fluorescence microscopy,  gel electrophoresis and immunoblotting, Computer Assisted Sperm Analyses (CASA) and flow cytometry
  • can work separately and in a team
  • can write laboratory reports scientifically

General competence:

The student

  • has thorough knowledge in cell and reproductive biotechnology, the application thereof in industry,  veterinary and human medicine, and in science
  • can apply his/hers knowledge and skills for planning and performing trials for a master thesis
  • has understanding of Research and Development (R&D) questions and the economic implications thereof in the industry
  • has thorough skills and knowledge for working in the industry

Course content

The course comprises two main parts:

  • a lecture-based part providing an overview of special subjects in cell and reproductive biotechnologies
  • three laboratory courses: Lab course 1 in basic laboratory techniques, and Lab course 2 and 3 with focus on cell culturing and analysis of sperm traits, respectively.

Teaching and working methods

  • lectures: Introductory lectures are given to provide an overview of the main themes in the course
  • in-class group activities
  • laboratory experiments: The students will conduct a series of relevant basic and specialized laboratory tasks
  • laboratory report: Results from the specialized laboratory experiments are to be described and discussed in a scientific laboratory report. Comments on each report will be given once by the responsible teacher before the finale due date
  • all relevant course information and scientific articles in the syllabus will be posted on Fronter, and the students will also hand in the laboratory reports using Fronter

Coursework requirements

  • attendance at 100 % of the lectures designated "compulsory" on the lecture schedule; 80 % attendance at all other scheduled lectures
  • attendance at 100 % of the exercises comprising the 3 laboratory courses
  • an individual, practical - theoretical test from Lab course 1 must be passed
  • two written individual laboratory reports from Lab course 2 and 3 must be passed


  • an individual oral exam

The exam will be evaluated by letter grade, A-F, where E is the lowest passing grade.