Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Genetics and Bioengineering

Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 101 Introduction to Genetics and Bioengineering Undergraduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 2 + 2 89 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Damir Marjanović, Prof. Dr. Damir Marjanović, Prof. Dr.
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This course is an introduction to genetic, genetic engineering and bioengineering, including career possibilities, history and applications of DNA/RNA technology, molecular biology, biotechnology, bioethics, and laboratory safety practices. It will provide the student with general knowledge about the field of genetic and bioengineering, and will enable the student to analyze situations or phenomena related to the biological world. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the different disciplines within the realm of bioengineering and applications of bioengineering in the laboratory environment.
Upon successful completion of the course student will be able to:
• Cite a general history of the field of genetic and bioengineering, including a basic knowledge of the important researchers and their major contributions;
• Explain the basics of classical genetics, and understand the role of DNA in inheritance.

  1. An introduction to genetics (definition and history)
  2. Genes and genome
  3. Theory of operon
  4. Definitions and levels of genetic engineering
  5. Recombinant DNA technology and genomics
  6. Basics of biotechnology
  7. Microbial, plant and animal biotechnology
  8. Bioreactors
  9. Definition and usage of various genetic markers
  10. Introduction to the GMO
  11. Introduction to the gene therapy
  12. Introduction to the cloning
  13. Introduction to the various molecular genetic techniques (DNA Extraction, PCR, DNA Sequencing etc.)


    • Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Self Evaluation
    • Project
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)20
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Actively participate in courses and begin to take responsibility for learning
    • Begin to work effectively as part of a team, developing interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills within a managed environment, exercising some personal responsibility
    • Present information in oral, written or graphic forms in order to communicate effectively with peers and tutors
    • • Nair, A. J. (2008). Introduction to Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering. Infinity Science Press: Sudbury, MA, USA
    • • Brandenberg O et al. (2011). Introduction to Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering. FAO, Roma, Italy
    • • Current scientific literature

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14228
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14228
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination11414
    Preparation for Final Examination11515
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 180
    Seminar / Presentation 180
    Total Workload: 89
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 4