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Syllabus for

Academic year
BBT001 - iGEM participation
Medverkan i iGEM -tävlingen
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-11 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPBIO
15,0 Credits
Grading: UG - Pass, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Bioengineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 08132
Open for exchange students: No
Maximum participants: 15

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Project 15,0 c Grading: UG   15,0 c    

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Verena Siewers

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Any prerequisite knowledge required for the individual project is judged by the examiner and the supervisor of the project.


The aim of this project course is to train students to work in an interdisciplinary synthetic biology project. This will be executed within the iGEM competition. The students will learn to plan and conduct a self-designed project, which will be presented at the iGEM jamboree.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • have a basic understanding of synthetic biology
  • communicate with researchers from a different scientific background
  • work in a multidisciplinary, self-organized team
  • plan the work and solve the problem with given resources
  • execute laboratory and/or theoretical work to reach the goals of the project
  • collect and interpret laboratory and / or theoretical results
  • communicate their research to peers as well as to the general public in form of a web page and oral presentations
  • out-reach to society
  • attract financial support
  • Content

    The content of the project may vary, but must be defined at the start of the project. The project should be clearly oriented towards synthetic biology.


    The project will be designed prior to the course (within course KBT225). The practical project work will be conducted in the Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology. This also includes additional tasks mandatory to participate in the iGEM competition (e.g. establishing and maintaining a project web page). Finally, the project will be presented at the iGEM jamboree in form of a poster and an oral presentation.


    Relevant research articles, reviews, and previous iGEM project reports that will be handed out to the students or selected by the students themselves.

    Examination including compulsory elements

    The project is examined based on the different project presentations (web page, poster, oral presentation).



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