Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
3+2 Genetics and Bioengineering

Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 536 Scientific Research Methods in Genetics and Bioengineering Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 6 3 129 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Damir Marjanović, Prof. Dr. Prof. Dr. Damir Marjanović Damir Marjanović, Prof. Dr.
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This course is introducing the nature of research in natural sciences, most prominently in genetics and bioengineering. All phases of designing and performing the research, converting obtained data into meaningful results, and result presentation through scientific articles are covered during the course. This course is explaining how to perform literature review for the purpose of different types of scientific articles, how to collect primary data, and how to report the results. Also, the basic ethical principles that are to be applied during the research are discussed. At the end of semester, students are supposed to analyze original scientific articles and case studies in order to understand the difference. Active student participation and preparation of high quality presentations are of the highest importance.

The cognitive, affective and behavioral objectives of this course are following:
• Teaching research methodology concepts in the field of genetics and bioengineering theoretically and practically.
• Enabling graduates to report a research study and thesis proposal in their areas of interest during the semester.
• Encouraging graduates to deliver effective presentations of their research.

  1. The nature of research in genetics and bioengineering
  2. Formulating and clarifying research topic, objectives, and goals
  3. Making differences between case study, review, and original scientific paper
  4. Critically reviewing scientific literature
  5. Understanding research materials and methods, philosophies, and approaches
  6. Formulating experimental research design
  7. Negotiating access and research ethics
  9. Selecting and collecting samples
  10. Collecting primary data through observations and experiments
  11. Collecting primary data using different analytical tools
  12. Presentation of achieved results
  13. Analyzing original scientific articles
  14. Analyzing case study articles
  15. Writing and presenting presentations on research application in genetics and bioengineering


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)120
    Term Paper120
    Final Exam130
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Begin to work effectively as part of a team
    • Develop interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills within a managed environment
    • Exercise some personal responsibility
    • Present gained results
    • Interpret scientific data
    • Cite literature properly
    • Various scientific papers in the field of GBE

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15230
    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: 129
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5