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 + 2 125 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Damir Marjanović, Prof. Dr. Prof. Dr. Damir Marjanović Damir Marjanović, Prof. Dr.
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The course covers basic concepts of genetics and bioengineering and their connection with the spectrum of human activity. It serves as an introduction to the fundamental science and engineering on which genetics and bioengineering are based upon. Various topics within the realms of genetics and bioengineering are covered, and it is designed for students who are in their first year of genetics and bioengineering studies. Upon completion of the course, students will be familiar with the general history of the field of biotechnology, including a basic knowledge of the important researchers within the field and their major contributions and discoveries. They will also be familiar with the basics of classical genetics and will understand the role of DNA in inheritance. The course is taken concurrently with a laboratory course.

The cognitive, affective and behavioral objectives of this course are following:

• Giving students general knowledge about the field of bioengineering.
• Introduction to the history and applications of DNA/RNA technology, molecular biology and bioethics.
• Enabling students to analyze situations or phenomena related to the biological world in a bioethical perspective.
• Teaching students to conduct all experiments in a safe environment by introducing them to the basics of lab safety.
• Illustrating how to apply bioengineering in the laboratory environment.
• Introduction to experiment designing, result recording and result displaying.

  1. An introduction to genetics (definition and history)
  2. Genes and genomes
  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
  9. Bioreactors
  10. Definition and usage of various genetic markers
  11. Introduction to GMO
  12. Introduction to gene therapy
  13. Introduction to cloning
  14. Introduction to various molecular genetic techniques (DNA extraction, PCR, DNA sequencing, etc.)
  15. Introduction to various molecular genetic techniques (DNA extraction, PCR, DNA sequencing, etc.)

  1. Week 1-11: The laboratory exercises will be based on the principle of designing an experiment and following the results through the entire course. Since the main aim of this course is to introduce students to genetics and bioengineering, through this lab, students will learn how to pose a hypothesis, how to create an experiment, measure and report the results, and display them adequately. This exercise will aid student in learning how to write a laboratory report which they will encounter through the entire

    • Interactive Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Case Studies
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)120
    Term Paper120
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Recall the basics of genetics and bioengineering
    • Describe and discuss the principles of biotechnology: bacteria, animal and plants
    • Explain genome organization
    • Illustrate the use of genetic markers and gene cloning
    • Differentiate and explain methodologies used in bioengineering
    • Propose how to apply bioengineering in different fields
    • Practice laboratory work in a safe environment
    • Organize and manage an experiment and report on the results
    • Nair, A. J. (2010). Introduction to Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, 1st ed. Sudbury, MA, USA: Infinity Science Press

    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/ Project11818
    Seminar / Presentation11818
    Total Workload: 125
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5