Pursuant to Act 261 of March 18, 2015 on Universities (the University Act) with subsequent changes, the following curriculum is established. The programme also follows the Joint Programme Regulations and the Examination Policies and Procedures for The Faculty.
The Bachelor’s programme is organised in accordance with the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Order no. 1328 of November 15, 2016 on Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes at Universities (the Ministerial Order of the Study Programmes) and Ministerial Order no. 1062 of June 30, 2016 on University Examinations (the Examination Order). Further reference is made to Ministerial Order no. 110 of January 30, 2017 (the Admission Order) and Ministerial Order no. 114 of February 3, 2015 (the Grading Scale Order) with subsequent changes.
The programme is offered in Copenhagen.
The Bachelor’s programme falls under Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University.
The Bachelor’s programme falls under Study Board of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
The Bachelor’s programme is associated with the external examiners corps on: Ingeniøruddannelsernes censorkorps – kemi retning.
Admission requires an upper secondary education.
According to the Admission Order, the programme’s specific entry requirements are:
And one of the following combinations:
The Bachelor’s programme entitles the graduate to the Danish designation Bachelor (BSc) i teknisk videnskab (bæredygtig bioteknologi). The English designation is: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Biotechnology).
The Bachelor’s programme is a 3-year, research-based, full-time study programme. The programme is set to 180 ECTS credits.
The Study Board can approve successfully completed (passed) programme elements from other Bachelor’s programmes in lieu of programme elements in this programme (credit transfer). The Study Board can also approve successfully completed (passed) programme elements from another Danish programme or a programme outside of Denmark at the same level, in lieu of programme elements within this curriculum. Decisions on credit transfer are made by the Study Board based on an academic assessment. See the Joint Programme Regulations for the rules on credit transfer.
In exceptional circumstances, the Study Board study can grant exemption from those parts of the curriculum that are not stipulated by law or ministerial order. Exemption regarding an examination applies to the immediate examination.
The rules for examinations are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures published by the faculty on their website.
In the assessment of all written work, regardless of the language it is written in, weight is also given to the student's formulation and spelling ability, in addition to the academic content. Orthographic and grammatical correctness as well as stylistic proficiency are taken as a basis for the evaluation of language performance. Language performance must always be included as an independent dimension of the total evaluation. However, no examination can be assessed as ‘Pass’ on the basis of good language performance alone; similarly, an examination normally cannot be assessed as ‘Fail’ on the basis of poor language performance alone.
The Study Board can grant exemption from this in special cases (e.g., dyslexia or a native language other than Danish).
The Bachelor’s project must include an English summary (or another foreign language: French, Spanish or German upon approval by the Study Board). If the project is written in English, the summary must be in Danish (The Study Board can grant exemption from this). The summary must be at least 1 page and not more than 2 pages (this is not included in any fixed minimum and maximum number of pages per student). The summary is included in the evaluation of the project as a whole.
It is presupposed, that the student can read academic texts in one's native language and English, as well as use reference work etc. in other European languages.
The following competence profile will appear on the diploma:
A graduate of the Bachelor's programme has competencies acquired through an educational programme that has taken place in a research environment.
A graduate of the Bachelor's programme has fundamental knowledge of and insight into his/her subject's methods and scientific foundation. These properties qualify the graduate of the Bachelor’s programme for further education in a relevant Master’s programme as well as for employment on the basis of the educational programme
Individuals who attain degrees at this level
The program is structured in modules and organized as a problem-based study. A module is a program element or a group of program elements, which aims to give students a set of professional skills within a fixed time frame specified in ECTS credits, and concluding with one or more examinations within specific exam periods. The examinations are defined in the curriculum.
The program is based on a combination of academic, problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and organized based on the following work and evaluation methods that combine skills and reflection:
The BSc education in Sustainable Biotechnology is taught in English.
The student must participate in all first year examinations by the end of the first year of study in the Bachelor's program, in order to be able to continue the program. The first year of study must be passed by the end of the second year of study, in order that the student can continue his/her Bachelor’s program.
In special cases, however, there may be exemption from the above if the student has been on a leave of absence. Leave is granted during first year of study only in the event of maternity, adoption, military service, UN service or where there are exceptional circumstances.
The Bachelor’s program must be completed no later than six years after it was begun.
All modules are assessed through individual grading according to the 7-point scale or Pass/Fail. All modules are assessed by external examination (external grading) or internal examination (internal grading or assessment by the supervisor only).
|Module name||Course type||ECTS||Applied grading scale||Evaluation method||Assessment method|
|Linear Algebra||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written exam|
|Problem-based Learning in Science, Technology and Society||Course||5||Passed/Not Passed||Internal examination||Written exam|
|General and Organic Chemistry||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Biological Production – a Case Study||Project||5||Passed/Not Passed||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Biological Production||Project||10||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Calculus||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Biomolecules and Biochemistry I||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Sustainability||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written exam|
|Biomass Conversion||Project||15||7-point grading scale||External examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Energy and Resources||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written exam|
|Applied Biodiversity||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written exam|
|Kinetics and Modelling of Bioprocesses||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written exam|
|Sustainable Production of Bioenergy||Project||15||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Sustainable Production of Biochemicals||Project||15||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Microbiological Processes||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written exam|
|Biochemistry II||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written exam|
|Process Technology||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written exam|
|The Cell as a Factory||Project||15||7-point grading scale||External examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Applied Statistics||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Molecular Biology||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written exam|
|Cell Biology and Genetics||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written exam|
|Development of Recombinant Biocatalysts||Project||15||7-point grading scale||External examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Biotechnology, Ethics and Society||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam|
|BSc Project||Project||20||7-point grading scale||External examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Cases in Bioprocess Technology||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written exam|
Theory of Science and Ethics
Theory of science, scientific methods and ethics are taught in the courses, and in the project work biological production (1. Semester) and Biotechnology, ethics and society (6. Semester).
There is an optional choice between two project modules on 3rd semester.
New Version of the Curriculum September 2018
From September 2018 active participation in the lectures has to be approved for participation in the ordinary exam for the modules; General and Organic Chemistry and the module Biomolecules and Biochemistry I
Special Project Process
On the 3rd, 4th and 5th semesters, the student can upon application, design an educational program where the project work is replaced by other study activities; cf. the Joint Programme Regulations, section 9.3.1.
The current version of the curriculum is published on the School’s website, including more detailed information about the program, including exams.
All students who have not participated in Aalborg University’s PBL introductory course during their Bachelor’s degree must attend the introductory course “Problem-based Learning and Project Management”. The introductory course must be approved before the student can participate in the project exam. For further information, please see the course description
The curriculum is approved by the dean and enters into force as of September 1st, 2016
Students who wish to complete their studies under the previous curriculum from 2014 must conclude their education by the summer examination period 2018 at the latest, since examinations under the previous curriculum are not offered after this time.
Minor editorial changes have been made in connection with the digitisation of the study curriculum.