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Biochemistry 2017-2018

Biochemistry is the study of life at the molecular level. Based on underlying chemical principles biochemists study the details of biological systems at both macro- and micro- scales in whole organisms, in cells, in the test tube and by structural and computational based analysis. Even the simplest living systems are extremely complicated, and comprise a vast array of interconnecting processes. These processes are said to be governed by our genes, the genetic code which makes us who and what we are. Genes are not everything though; the information encoded within them is converted into proteins and it is proteins that are the primary workers in the cell, playing fundamental roles in all aspects of biochemistry. Smaller molecules also play a key role, both through the complex cycles of metabolism, generating energy and essential cellular precursors from nutrients taken from the external world and by playing a role in modulating the function of genes and of proteins.

 

Sometimes cellular processes go wrong, due to genetic mutations or to external environmental factors or to chance events, and then disease states such as cancer, diabetes, cystic fibrosis or Alzheimer’s arise. Only by understanding both the details of the underlying mechanisms of cellular action and the complex interplay of 30,000 gene products, a million different proteins and thousands of metabolites can these diseases be understood and effective treatments generated. These treatments may be small molecules, designed both to be targeted to the appropriate site within the body and to inhibit a specific cellular process through rational drug design, or they may be macromolecules, such as proteins produced on an industrial scale by the biotech industry, or there is the growing area of gene therapy, replacing a loss of function by introducing a working gene.

 

All of this, the understanding of the mechanisms of cellular action at a molecular level along with the rational design and production of therapeutic treatments, is the work of the biochemist.

 

Education

The education of biochemists was changed in autumn 2005 to a new degree system across the EU. The first degree is a 3-year candidate degree (BSc, Bachelor of Science) followed by a 2-year master degree (MSc, Master of Science). The purpose of the change is to harmonize degrees in biochemistry in different universities, shorten graduating times and facilitate transfer of students between universities in different EU countries. The first MSc degree programmes under a new degree system started in autumn 2008. Since autumn 2007, the Department of Biochemistry has organized a Master Degree Programme in Protein Science and Biotechnology also for international students. 

 

According to the decision of the University of Oulu Board of Directors the Department of Biochemistry has merged with the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, currently part of the Institute of Biomedicine at the Faculty of Medicine to form a new Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine (FBMM). The administrative merger started 1st January 2014 and  the physical merger occured in summer 2014. The new faculty is located on the Kontinkangas campus. While the curricula of the BSc and MSc degrees will not change, the teaching arrangements have been changed. The first year and the autumn term of the second year of the BSc will continue to be taught on the Linnanmaa campus (laboratory parts of biochemistry courses on the Kontinkangas campus). The remaining studies in the BSc and all MSc courses offered by the new faculty will be taught on the Kontinkangas campus.

 

The Mission of the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine is based on the fact that current and high level teaching cannot be given without strong basic research. This can be seen in the operational principles of the faculty. Innovative specialists will be needed in the field. Teaching is seen as an entity where high quality basic and doctoral education, including post-doctoral training abroad, is a fundamental part of the faculty structure.

 

Post graduate training has an important role in the faculty. Research work starts at the end of MSc phase when a student is doing his Pro gradu project with research work towards a PhD being started after this. Many research groups of international level are operating in the faculty and about 90 PhD students are working here at present. Post graduate training involves high level training and is linked to clear research projects.

 
Most of the students who have graduated from the degree programme in biochemistry, University of Oulu are working in universities within research and teaching, while some are employed by industry, business or by different educational institutes for tasks in research, development, communication and management. One third of the graduated students have taken the licentiate degree and about one fifth have PhD degree. Most of the latter have spent a post-doctoral period abroad. 

 

Studies

Education Designer Jari Heikkinen helps in matters related to studies. In questions concerning a single study module student can contact the responsible person of the course.

 

All courses and exams organized by faculty must be subscribed to via WebOodi (https://weboodi.oulu.fi/oodi) before the relevant deadline. 

 

The recommended order for courses for a bachelor degree is presented in the figure. For many biochemistry courses there are some previous courses required as a prerequisite.

 

As a part of the studies in biochemistry, a student will use literature and/or results from course experiments to make many kinds of written exercises (reports, Pro gradu etc.) and presentations. A report cannot be a copy of the other text and all citations from other texts or figures must be clearly presented as references. Copying, using of the text of other students and other forms of plagiarism are forbidden and will lead to punishment and rejection of the report.

Recommended timing for B.Sc. courses in Biochemistry

Yr3 autumn

Yr3 spring

BIOCHEMISTRY 

BIOCHEMISTRY 

Cellular communication

Physiological biochemistry *

Essay (B.Sc. thesis)

Radiation and safety *

 

Maturity test

EXTENSION SCHOOL

Final examination

Swedish, written skills

Swedish, oral skills

Virology*

Introduction to immunology *

Optional courses

 

 

BIOLOGY

BIOLOGY

Animal physiology*

Developmental biology-histology*

 

 

CHEMISTRY

LABORATORY ANIMAL CENTRE

Laboratory course in organic chemistry I *

Using animals in research - carrying out procedures *

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LIBRARY TELLUS

 

Introduction to information retrieval*

 

Yr2 autumn

Yr2 spring

BIOCHRMISTRY

BIOCHEMISTRY

Molecular biology I

Physical biochemistry

Metabolism II

Cellular biology

Protein Chemistry I

 

 

BIOLOGY

CHEMISTRY

Concepts of genetics for biochemists

Organic chemistry I *

 

Introduction to analytical chemistry *

MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

 

Introduction to statistics

A second course in statistic

Yr1 autumn

Yr1 spring

BIOCHEMISTRY

BIOCHEMISTRY

Orientation

Metabolism I

Biomolecules for biochemists

Biochemical methodologies I

 

Microbiology

 

 

EXTENSION SCHOOL

English for biochemists I

BIOLOGY

 

Cell biology

 

CHEMISTRY

 

General and inorganic chemistry A

 

General and inorganic chemistry B

 

Introductory laboratory course in chemistry

 

Introduction to organic chemistry





* Recommended optional studies

 

 

Biochemistry as a minor subject

Biochemistry courses can be attended freely by students from other departments with only one restriction: We reserve right to not allow students on the course if the work places available in the laboratory or equipment available are insufficient. Also for laboratory exercises the student must have sufficient prior practical experience.  

 

All courses and exams organized by faculty must be subscribed to via WebOodi (https://weboodi.oulu.fi/oodi) before the relevant deadline. 

 

A record of biochemistry as a minor subject will be given when the amount of accepted studies is at least 15 credits. 

 Examinations and grades

The time and place of examinations are informed via timetables in the home page of faculty. Students must subscribe to exams via WebOodi (https://weboodi.oulu.fi/oodi) before the relevant deadline. The grading scale is 0-5. The lowest passing grade is 1. Some courses are graded pass/fail. Three final exams are organized for each course. A course must be passed during the given time, not in another study year.

 

The final grade for Bachelor and Master degree in biochemistry and for biochemistry as a minor subject will be calculated as follows: the Grades of graded courses are multiplied by the number of credits. The final grade is the sum of products divided by the total number of credits. 

 

Final grades will be determined as follows:

1/5

Sufficient

1,00 – 1,49

2/5

Satisfactory

1,50 – 2,49

3/5

Good

2,50 – 3,49

4/5

Very Good

3,50 – 4,49

5/5

Excellent

4,50 – 5,00

 

The final grade will be given by secretary of student affairs.

 

Lines and degrees

Faculty of biochemistry and molecular medicine offers one bachelors level degree, Biochemistry and two masters level degrees, Protein Science and Biotechnology and Molecular medicine.

 

1)    Biochemistry. B.Sc. Degree In Finnish and in English

2)    Protein Science and Biotechnology. M.Sc. Degree entirely in English.

3)    Molecular medicine. M.Sc. Degree In Finnish and in English.

 

In addition, the faculty of biochemistry and molecular medicine offers a Master´s Degree Programme in Protein Science and Biotechnology for international students, whose curriculum differs slightly from the Protein Science and Biotechnology MSc.

 

Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular biology offers Molecular Medicine, double degree, Master's Programme in Biochemistry, Master of Science program together with University of Ulm, Germany. maximum of five students will be selected.

Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry)

 Education leading to a Bachelor's degree in biochemistry provides the student with:

•      apply fundamental knowledge in biochemistry and ancillary subjects and follow and evaluate developments in that field;

•      apply scientific thinking and to use scientific methods;

•      relate to and discuss the high public awareness and impact on society of biochemistry;

•      complete responsible and goal-oriented teamwork and in individual work;

•      capability to apply the acquired knowledge in working life;

•      communicate in Finnish and Swedish as stipulated in the Degree Statute, as well as proficiency in English;

•      demonstrate transferable and cognitive skills, including the ability to communicate effectively.


The credit requirement for the lower university degree of Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) is 180. Studies are organized such that students can complete the degree within three years of full-time study. There is an option for a BSc Degree in biochemistry with international exchange. This includes additional appropriate compulsory language studies to allow integration of the student into the host environment during student exchange period. Student is free to select either of the BSc Degrees and may freely switch between degrees.


Obligatory course units at the beginning of studies are common to all students, but students also select course units specific to their longer-term goals.


A Bachelor's degree consists of the following elements:

B.Sc. Degree in biochemistry

 

General studies

 8 credits

Basic studies in Biochemistry

 30 credits

Intermediate studies in Biochemistry

 56 credits

Maturity test

 0 credits

Chemistry

 20 credits

Biology and statistic

 18 credits

Optional studies*

 48 credits

Total at least

 180 credits

* BSc studies must include a minor subject that comprises at least 25op of basic / intermediate studies

A Bachelor's degree with international exchange consists of the following elements:

B.Sc. Degree in Biochemistry with international exchange

 

 

General studies

 8 credits

Basic studies in Biochemistry

 30 credits

Intermediate studies in Biochemistry

 56 credits

Maturity test

 0 credits

Chemistry

 20 credits

Biology and statistic

 18 credits

Appropriate language studies

up to 10 credits

Biochemical studies in the host university

12-30 credits

Other optional studies*

 8-36 credits

Total at least

 180 credits

* BSc studies must include a minor subject that comprises at least 25op of basic / intermediate studies

Master of Science (Protein Science and Biotechnology; Molecular medicine)

Education leading to a Master's degree in Protein Science and Biotechnology or Molecular medicine provides the student with:

•      apply scientific knowledge and methods to topical tasks and to undertake scientific research with supervision;

•      analyze information and data and their setting within a theoretical network accompanied by critical analysis and assessment;

•      integrate the subject area as a coherent whole;

•      communicate with good language skills for national and international tasks;

•      demonstrate transferable and cognitive skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and critically about science using a variety of approaches;

•      apply further knowledge, including the abilities to conceive, design and implement independent research and

•      demonstrate capability for scientific postgraduate work.

A Master degree consists of the following elements:

 

 M.Sc. Degree

 

 Obligatory advanced courses 

50-60 credits

 Maturity test

0 credits

 Optional studies

60-70 credits 

 Total at least

 120 credits

 

 

STUDIES FOR B.Sc. DEGREE

 

General studies 8 credits

credits

Semester

Unit

Orientation (740076Y)

2

Autumn yr 1- Spring yr1

FBMM

English for biochemists I (902100Y)

3

Autumn yr 1-Spring yr 1

Extension school

Second official language (Swedish), written skills (901050Y)

1

Autumn yr 3

Extension school

Second official language (Swedish), oral skills (901051Y)

2

Autumn yr 3

Extension school

Basic studies in biochemistry 30 credits

 

 

FBMM

Biomolecules for biochemists (740143P)

8

Autumn yr 1-Spring yr 1

 

Biochemical methodologies I (740151P)

10

Autumn yr 1-Spring yr 1

 

Metabolism I (740146P)

6

Spring yr 1

 

Physical biochemistry (740145P)

6

Spring yr 2

 

Intermediate studies in biochemistry 56 credits

 

 

FBMM 

Molecular biology I (740361A)

8

Autumn yr 2

 

Microbiology (740363A)

6

Spring yr 1

 

Protein chemistry I (740364A)

8

Autumn yr 2

 

Cellular biology (740362A)

6

Spring yr 2

 

Metabolism II (740367A)

6

Autumn yr 2

 

Bachelor's Thesis (740376A)

10

Autumn yr 3

 

Cellular communication (740366A)

6

Autumn yr 3

 

Maturity test (740377A)

0

Spring yr 3

 

Final examination (740372A)

6

Spring yr 3

 

Chemistry 20 credits

 

 

Chemistry

General and inorganic chemistry A (780117P)

5

Autumn yr 1

 

General and inorganic chemistry B (780118P)

5

Autumn yr 1

 

Introductory laboratory course in chemistry (780123P)

5

Autumn yr 1

 

Introduction to organic chemistry (780116P)

5

Autumn yr 1-Spring yr 1

 

Biology 8 op

 

 

Biology

Cell biology (750121P)

5

Autumn yr 1

 

Concepts of genetics for biochemists (753122P)

3

Spring yr 2

 

Statistics 10 op

 

 

Mathematics

Introduction to statistics (806118P)

5

Spring yr 2

 

A second course in statistics (806119P)

5

Spring yr 2

 

Recommended optional studies

 

 

 

Radiation and safety (740368A)

5

Spring yr 3

FBMM

Introduction to immunology (740384A)

5

Spring yr 3

FBMM

Virology (740385A)

5

Spring yr 3

FBMM

Physiological biochemistry (740386A) *

5

Spring yr 3

FBMM

Animal physiology (751323A) *

5

Autumn yr 3

Biology

Developmental biology-histology (751320A)

5

Spring yr 3

Biology

Introduction to analytical chemistry (780119P)

5

Autumn yr 2

Chemistry

Laboratory course in organic chemistry I (780307A)

5

Autumn yr 3

Chemistry

Organic chemistry I (780305A)

5

Autumn yr 2

Chemistry

Using animals in research - carrying out procedures

(040911S) probably this course is not organized every year in English

3

Spring yr 3

Laboratory Animal Centre

 Introduction to information retrieval (030005P)

1

Year 3

Tellus

Tutoring / confidental posts (740074Y)

1,5

Year 2-3

FBMM

* at least one of these is required

 

 

 

 

Other optional studies

 

 

 

Orientation to research work (740383A)/Orientation to biochemical work (740382A)

0-6

Year 1-3

FBMM

Biochemical and biomedical Innovation (740381A)

2-5

Year 1-3

FBMM

Activities in University and Student Organizations (740079Y)

1-10

Year 1-3

FBMM

 Working life course (740078Y)

6

Year 1-3

 

Minor in Introduction to business studies

 

                                  

OBS

  Strategic Management (724103P)

5

Year 1-3

 

  Management Accounting (724105P)

5

Year 1-3

 

  Principles of Marketing (724106P)

5

Year 1-3

 

  Investment Decisions (724109P)

5

Year 1-3

 

  Introductory Economics (724110P)

5

Year 1-3

 

Minor in Industrial engineering and management

 

Year 1-3

IEM

  Basics of industrial engineering and management (555225P)

5

Year 1-3

 

  Project management (555285A)

5

Year 1-3

 

  Product development (555242A)

5

Year 1-3

 

  Managing well-being and quality of working life (555264P)

5

Year 1-3

 

  Process and quality management (555286A)

5

Year 1-3

 

Minor in Entrepreneurship

5

Year 1-3

OBS

  Entrepreneuring for Tomorrow (724811A)

5

Year 1-3

 

  Building Change Through Entrepreneurship (724812A)

5

Year 1-3

 

  Entrepreneurship in Action (724813A)

5

Year 1-3

 

  Introduction to Business Development (724814A)

5

Year 1-3

 

  Entrepreneurial Assignment (724815A)

5

Year 1-3

 

Building Business Through Creativity and     Collaboration (724816A)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

Optional studies

BSc degree in biochemistry includes 48 credits of optional studies. Recommended optional courses are put together in the time table so that they do not clash with obligatory courses. However, students are free to select other university courses either in Finland or abroad. The content of courses must not be too similar to obligatory courses. Courses taken outside University of Oulu should be agreed with Education Designer Jari Heikkinen in advance. BSc studies must include a minor subject that comprises at least 25op of basic / intermediate studies. Students are advised to do the minor subject in either chemistry or biology (compulsory studies in these subjects can be included in the 25op total).

STUDIES FOR B.Sc. DEGREE WITH INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE

 

General studies 8 credits

credits

Semester

Unit

Orientation (740076Y)

2

Autumn yr 1- Spring yr1

FBMM

English for biochemists I (902100Y)

3

Autumn yr 1-Spring yr 1

Extension school

Second official language (Swedish), written skills (901050Y)

1

Autumn yr 3

Extension school

Second official language (Swedish), oral skills (901051Y)

2

Autumn yr 3

Extension school

Basic studies in biochemistry 30 credits

 

 

FBMM

Biomolecules for biochemists (740143P)

8

Autumn yr 1-Spring yr 1

 

Biochemical methodologies I (740151P)

10

Autumn yr 1-Spring yr 1

 

Metabolism I (740146P)

6

Spring yr 1

 

Physical biochemistry (740145P)

6

Spring yr 2

 

Intermediate studies in biochemistry 56 credits

 

 

FBMM

Molecular biology I (740361A)

8

Autumn yr 2

 

Microbiology (740363A)

6

Spring yr 1

 

Protein chemistry I (740364A)

8

Autumn yr 2

 

Cellular biology (740362A)

6

Spring yr 2

 

Metabolism II (740367A)

6

Autumn yr 2

 

Bachelor's Thesis (740376A)

10

Autumn yr 3

 

Cellular communication (740366A)

6

Autumn yr 3

 

Maturity test (740377A)

0

Autumn yr 3

 

Final examination (740372A)

6

Spring yr 3

 

Chemistry 20 credits

 

 

Chemistry

General and inorganic chemistry I (780117P)

5

Autumn yr 1

 

General and inorganic chemistry II (780118P)

5

Autumn yr 1

 

Introductory laboratory course in chemistry (780123P)

5

Autumn yr 1

 

Introduction to organic chemistry (780116P)

5

Spring yr 1

 

Biology 8 credits

 

 

 

Cell biology (750121P)

5

Autumn yr 1

Biology

Concepts of genetics for biochemists (753122P)

3

Spring yr 2

Biology

Statistics 10 credits

 

 

 

Introduction to statistics (806118P)

5

Spring yr 2

Mathematics

A second course in statistics (806119P)

5

Spring yr 2

Mathematics

Appropriate language studies up to 10 credits

 

autumn yr2-spring yr3

Extension school

Biochemical studies in the host university 12-30 credits

 

Spring yr3

Host university

Recommended optional studies

 

 

 

Introduction to immunology (740384A)

5

Spring yr 3

FBMM

Animal physiology (751323A) *

5

Autumn yr 3

Biology

Introduction to analytical chemistry (780119P)

5

Autumn yr 2

Chemistry

Laboratory course in organic chemistry I (780307A)

5

Autumn yr 3

Chemistry

Organic chemistry I (780305A)

5

Autumn yr 2

Chemistry

 Introduction to information retrieval (030005P)

1

Year 3

Tellus

Tutoring / confidental posts (740074Y)

1,5

Year 2-3

FBMM

* One course in physiology is required. An alternative to animal physiology is physiological biochemistry but this is normally taken Spring yr3.

Other optional studies

 

 

 

Orientation to research work (740383A)/Orientation to biochemical work (740382A)

0-6

Year 1-3

FBMM

Biochemical and biomedical Innovation (740381A)

2-5

Year 1-3

FBMM

 

Activities in University and Student Organizations (740079Y)

1-10

Year 1-3

FBMM

 

Working life course (740078Y)

6

Year 1-3

 

 

Minor in Introduction to business studies

 

                                  

OBS

 

  Strategic Management (724103P)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

  Management Accounting (724105P)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

  Principles of Marketing (724106P)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

  Investment Decisions (724109P)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

  Introductory Economics (724110P)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

Minor in Industrial engineering and management

 

Year 1-3

IEM

 

  Basics of industrial engineering and management (555225P)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

  Project management (555285A)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

  Product development (555242A)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

  Managing well-being and quality of working life (555264P)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

  Process and quality management (555286A)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

Minor in Entrepreneurship

5

Year 1-3

OBS

 

  Entrepreneuring for Tomorrow (724811A)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

  Building Change Through Entrepreneurship (724812A)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

  Entrepreneurship in Action (724813A)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

  Introduction to Business Development (724814A)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

  Entrepreneurial Assignment (724815A)

5

Year 1-3

 

 

Building Business Through Creativity and     Collaboration (724816A)

5

Year 1-3

 






 

Appropriate language studies

Appropriate compulsory language studies ( up to 10 credits) should be taken prior the exchange period. The courses can be selected from repertoire of Language and Communication and/or Open university. Autumn yr2-autumn yr3 is the ideal period for these studies. The language courses given by the host university at the beginning of exchange period will be accepted too.   

Optional studies

BSc degree in biochemistry with international exchange includes 38 - 48 credits of optional studies. A minimium of 12 credits of these must be passed in host university during exchange period (biochemistry courses).  Recommended optional courses at University of Oulu are put together in the time table so that they do not clash with obligatory courses. However, students are free to select other university courses either in Finland or abroad. The content of courses must not be too similar to obligatory courses. Courses taken outside University of Oulu should be agreed with Education designer Jari Heikkinen in advance. BSc studies must include a minor subject that comprises at least 25op of basic / intermediate studies. Students are advised to do the minor subject in either chemistry or biology (compulsory studies in these subjects can be included in the 25op total).

Courses for minor subject students

 

  credits

 semester

Biomolecules (740148P)

5

Autumn-Spring

Biomolecules for Bioscientists (740147P)

8

Autumn-Spring

Metabolism I (740149P)

4

Spring

Microbiology (740374A)

3

Spring

Molecular biology I (740373A)

4

Autumn

Biochemical methodologies I (740144P)

8

Autumn-Spring

 

 

STUDIES FOR M.Sc.DEGREE

In addition to compulsory and optional specialist courses (minimum 3 courses) student must select other courses listed in any MSc line) or any other suitable courses (for minimum 120 credits according to student´s career aspirations. Student is free to take courses from both lines and decide later according to subject of Pro Gradu work which MSc line to graduate in.

 

Protein Science and Biotechnology (120 credits)

Compulsory courses

credits

Semester 

Protein chemistry II (744626S)

5

Autumn yr1

Molecular biology II (744627S)

5

Autumn yr1

Biochemical methodologies II (747616S)

10

Autumn yr1

Orientation to research work (744628S) / Orientation to biochemical work (744629S)

10-15

Autumn yr 1-Spring yr 1

MSc thesis (Pro gradu) (744691S)                                                                                                   

30

 

MSc thesis, additional experimental work (in 5 ECTS blocks ) (744692S)

0-30

 

Maturity test (M.Sc. degree) (740672S)

0

 

Optional specialist courses (a minimum of 3 of these courses must be taken)

 

 

In silico methodologies in biochemistry and molecular medicine (747613S)

5

Spring

Systems biology (744630S)

5

Spring

Biochemistry and biotechnology of protein folding (747617S)

5

Spring

Macromolecular X-ray crystallography (747614S)

5

Autumn

Introduction to structure-based drug discovery (747615S)

5

Spring

Other optional courses

 

 

Dissertation (744631S)

15

 

Scientific communication for biochemists  ( 902154Y)

5

Spring yr1

Scientific presentation (744625S)

1-2

 

Final examination in protein science and biotechnology (747694S)

10

 

Yeast genetics (744632S)

3-5

Spring

Biochemical and biomedical Innovation (740381A)

2-5

yr1-yr2

Advanced information skills (300002M, Science and Technology library Tellus)

1

 

Bioreactor technology (488321S, Bioprocess Engineering)

5

Autumn

Advanced course for biotechnology (488305S, Bioprocess Engineering)

5

Spring

Using animals in research - carrying out procedures

(040911S, Laboratory Animal Centre)*

3

spring

Minor in Introduction to business studies

 

OBS

  Strategic Management (724103P)

5

yr1-yr2

  Management Accounting (724105P)

5

yr1-yr2

  Principles of Marketing (724106P)

5

yr1-yr2

  Investment Decisions (724109P)

5

yr1-yr2

  Introductory Economics (724110P)

5

yr1-yr2

Minor in Industrial engineering and management

 

IEM

  Basics of industrial engineering and management (555225P)

5

yr1-yr2

  Project management (555285A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Product development (555242A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Managing well-being and quality of working life (555264P)

5

yr1-yr2

  Process and quality management (555286A)

5

yr1-yr2

Minor in Entrepreneurship

5

OBS

  Entrepreneuring for Tomorrow (724811A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Building Change Through Entrepreneurship (724812A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Entrepreneurship in Action (724813A)

5

 

  Introduction to Business Development (724814A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Entrepreneurial Assignment (724815A)

5

yr1-yr2

Building Business Through Creativity and Collaboration (724816A)

5

yr1-yr2

 

*probably this course is not organized every year in English

 

 

Molecular medicine (120 credits)

Obligatory courses

credits

Semester 

Protein chemistry II (744626S)

5

Autumn yr1

Molecular biology II (744627S)

5

Autumn yr1

Orientation to research work (744628S) / Orientation to biochemical work (744629S)

10-15

Autumn yr 1-Spring yr 1

MSc thesis (Pro gradu) (744691S)                                                                                                   

30

 

MSc thesis, additional experimental work (in 5 ECTS blocks ) (744692S)

0-30

 

Maturity test (M.Sc. degree) (740672S)

0

 

Optional specialist courses (a minimum of 3 of these courses must be taken)

 

 

Hypoxia response pathway – molecular mechanisms and medical applications (743664S)

5

autumn

Systems biology (744630S)

5

Spring

Molecular, cell biological and genetic aspects of diseases (743665S)

5

autumn

Extracellular matrix (743662S)

5

Autumn

Developmental biology, stem cells and tissue engineering (743663S)

5

spring

Tumor cell biology (743668S)

5

spring

Other optional courses

 

 

In silico methodologies in biochemistry and molecular medicine (747613S)

5

Spring

Biochemical methodologies II (747616S)

10

Autumn yr1

Dissertation (744631S)

15

 

Virology (743667S)

5

spring

Scientific presentation (744625S)

1-2

 

Introduction to immunology (743666S)

5

Spring

Final examination in molecular medicine (743690S)

10

 

Yeast genetics (744632S)

3-5

Spring

Biochemistry and biotechnology of protein folding (747617S)

5

Spring

Biochemical and biomedical Innovation (740381A)

2-5

yr1-yr2

Introduction to structure-based drug discovery ( 747615S)

5

Spring

Advanced information skills (300002M, Science and  Technology library Tellus)

1

 

Plant hormones (756627S)(Dept. of Biology)

4

Spring

Biomedical imaging methods (580402S) (Institute of biomedicine)

4

 

Using animals in research - carrying out procedures

(040911S, Laboratory Animal Centre )*

3

spring

Minor in Introduction to business studies

 

OBS

  Strategic Management (724103P)

5

yr1-yr2

  Management Accounting (724105P)

5

yr1-yr2

  Principles of Marketing (724106P)

5

yr1-yr2

  Investment Decisions (724109P)

5

yr1-yr2

  Introductory Economics (724110P)

5

yr1-yr2

Minor in Industrial engineering and management

 

IEM

  Basics of industrial engineering and management (555225P)

5

yr1-yr2

  Project management (555285A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Product development (555242A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Managing well-being and quality of working life (555264P)

5

yr1-yr2

  Process and quality management (555286A)

5

yr1-yr2

Minor in Entrepreneurship

 

OBS

  Entrepreneuring for Tomorrow (724811A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Building Change Through Entrepreneurship (724812A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Entrepreneurship in Action (724813A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Introduction to Business Development (724814A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Entrepreneurial Assignment (724815A)

5

yr1-yr2

Building Business Through Creativity and Collaboration (724816A)

5

yr1-yr2






*probably this course is not organized every year in English

 

 

International Master´s Degree Programme in Protein Science and Biotechnology (120 credits)

Obligatory courses

credits

Semester 

Protein production and analysis (747618S)

10

Autumn yr1

Biochemical methodologies II (747616S)

10

Autumn yr1

Orientation to research work (744628S) / Orientation to biochemical work (744629S)

10-15

Autumn yr 1-Spring yr 1

MSc thesis (Pro gradu) (744691S)                                                                                                   

30

 

MSc thesis, additional experimental work (in 5 ECTS blocks ) (744692S)

0-30

 

Maturity test (M.Sc. degree) (740672S)

0

 

Optional specialist courses (at least 3 must be taken)

 

 

In silico methodologies in biochemistry and molecular medicine (747613S)

5

Spring

Systems biology (744630S)

5

Spring

Biochemistry and biotechnology of protein folding (747617S)

5

Spring

Macromolecular X-ray crystallography (747614S)

5

Autumn

Introduction to structure-based drug discovery (747615S)

5

Spring

Optional courses

 

 

Dissertation (744631S)

15

 

Scientific presentation (744625S)

1-2

 

Final examination in protein science and biotechnology (747694S)

10

 

Scientific communication for biochemists  ( 902154Y)

5

Spring

Yeast genetics (744632S)

3-5

Spring

Information Skills for foreign degree students (030008P) Science and  Technology library Tellus)

1

 

Bioreactor technology (488321S, Bioprocess Engineering)

5

Autumn

Advanced course for biotechnology (488305S, Bioprocess Engineering)

5

Spring

Using animals in research - carrying out procedures

(040911S, Laboratory Animal Centre )*

3

spring

Minor in Entrepreneurship

 

OBS

  Entrepreneuring for Tomorrow (724811A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Building Change Through Entrepreneurship (724812A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Entrepreneurship in Action (724813A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Introduction to Business Development (724814A)

5

yr1-yr2

  Entrepreneurial Assignment (724815A)

5

yr1-yr2

Building Business Through Creativity and Collaboration (724816A)

5

yr1-yr2






*probably this course is not organized every year in English

 

 

 

Molecular medicine with a double MSc degree (120 op)

 

Courses available in Oulu

cr

term

Protein chemistry II (744626S, compulsory)

5

Autumn yr1

Molecular biology II (744627S, compulsory)

5

Autumn yr1

Orientation to research work (744628S) /Orientation to biochemical work (744629S)

0-15

yr1-yr2

MSc thesis (Pro gradu) (744691S)

30

 

Maturity test (M.Sc. degree) (740672S)

0

 

Hypoxia response pathway – molecular mechanisms and medical applications (743664S)*

5

autumn

Molecular, cell biological and genetic aspects of diseases (743665S)*

5

autumn

Extracellular matrix (743662S)*

5

autumn

Biochemical methodologies II (747616S)

10

autumn

Macromolecular X-ray crystallography (747614S)             

5

autumn

Tumor cell biology (743668S)*

5

spring

Virology (743667S)

5

spring

Introduction to immunology (743666S)

5

spring

Scientific communication for biochemists  ( 902154Y)

5

spring

Systems biology (744630S)*

5

spring

Developmental biology, stem cells and tissue engineering (743663S)*

5

spring

In silico methodologies in biochemistry and molecular medicine (747613S)

5

spring

Introduction to structure-based drug discovery (747615S)

5

spring

Yeast genetics (744632S)

3-5

spring

Biochemistry and biotechnology of protein folding (747617S)

5

spring

Dissertation (744631S)

15

 

 

 

 

Courses available in Ulm

 

 

Current concepts in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine (8810772137)

6

autumn

Bioinformatics and systems biology (8810772138)

6

autumn

New drug discovery, development and evaluation (8810772139)

5

autumn

Practical training in laboratory methods and correlative imaging (8810772140)

13

autumn

Molecular oncology (8810772133)

12

spring

GLP/GSP and bioethics (8810772141)

6

spring

Trauma research and regenerative medicine (8810772134)

12

spring

Signaling pathways in stem cells, development and aging (8810772135)

12

autumn

Clinical trials and project management and funding (8810772142)

6

autumn

Infectious diseases and immune defense (8810772136)

12

autumn

Master thesis and disputation including journal club and progress report (8810780000)

30

autumn

 

Students from Oulu need to take one (but may take two) terms in Ulm, and vice versa. The first year autumn term is always in the home university. The term in the other university may be either the first year spring or the second year autumn. In the former case the pro gradu thesis is done in the second year autumn (and the first year spring courses are done in the second year spring) and in the latter case the pro gradu thesis is done in the second year spring.

 

Students choose for each 15 ECTS study period courses such that the period may comprise of e.g. one 5 ECTS course and 10 ECTS worth of research work, or two 5 ECTS courses and 5 ECTS worth of research work, or 15 ECTS worth of research work. The research work periods count ECTS´s towards the course Orientation to research work.

 

* Students should take a minimum 3 of the 6 optional specialist courses: Tumor cell biology, Hypoxia, ECM, Systems Biology, Developmental Biology, Disease aspects



 

Optional courses at any universities

 

Other suitable courses taught at any university (for minimum 120 credits of MSc Degree) will be accepted as optional studies. Courses given in research units eg. Biocenter Oulu will be accepted. Courses must be connected to biochemistry or logically support some aspect of it and they will have to be at an appropriate level. The content of the courses must not be too similar to other courses which have counted towards the students BSc degree or towards their MSc. In all cases Education Designer Jari Heikkinen should be contacted to confirm acceptance / suitability. We would advise that this is done before the course is taken, especially in the case of courses taken from universities outside Finland.

 

Faculty Staff

Address: University of Oulu, Faculty of biochemistry and molecular medicine, P.O.BOX 5400, FIN-90220 OULU

Visiting address: Aapistie 7A, 90220 OULU

 

Tel +358-8-0294 48 1200, http://www.oulu.fi/fbmm

 

Updated list of staff:  http://www.oulu.fi/fbmm/staff