The path from gene to product: biotechnology or bioengineering is the engineering discipline of biotechnology. It concerns optimizing and developing biotechnological methods for efficient production in the industry. The degree program is tailored specifically to the needs of industrial applications: pharmaceutical production, the chemical industry and brewing and fermentation technology. A bio-industrial pilot plant at the university provides unique opportunities for a practical and application oriented education.
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Application period for academic year 2020/21
1st January to 15th June 2020
tuition fee / semester:
+ ÖH premium + contribution2
1 Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727,- per semester
2 for additional study expenses (currently up to €83,- depending on degree program and year)
You are interested in the practical application of biology and technology in the industry. Mathematics is one of your strengths. You also have good knowledge of natural sciences. You enjoy working in a team and on projects. You are a process-oriented and analytical thinker and are highly conscious of quality. You find a career in the industry attractive. Average English skills are expected. Language of instruction is German.
Your education and research benefit from our close partnerships with well-known biotech companies as well as the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and the Vienna Institute of Biotechnology (VIBT), who share the campus with us. The partnership enables you to take advantage of the BOKU's excellent infrastructure. In addition to the laboratories, this includes an industrial pilot plant with which production processes can be developed on a laboratory scale and applied on a pilot scale. This provides you with a practice-oriented education, because in the industry the lab and pilot scale is only followed by the production scale in which the product is manufactured in commercially viable quantities. The simulation of the processes on a pilot scale helps determine deviations in each process step and develop process parameters for the commercial evaluation of the production processes. Numerous R&D projects in the degree program offer you the opportunity to work with cutting-edge applications and to make valuable contacts for your future career. Practical relevance is also guaranteed at our Campus Lecture evenings, which are open to all and feature contributions from prominent experts.
The practically oriented degree program has established itself in applied research and development. It concerns optimizing bioengineering methods for industrial production. The degree program focuses on three industrial applications: red and white biotechnology as well as brewing and fermentation technology. The red biotechnology includes medical and pharmaceutical applications. The white biotechnology plays an increasingly important role in the chemical industry and other industries.
The benefits of biotechnology are that fewer natural resources are used, energy efficiency is higher, CO ² emissions are lower and production costs are also lower. The fact that the degree program is particularly application oriented can also be seen within the context of R&D projects. For example, the Department of Bioengineering together with the biotech company Vogelbusch developed a process improvement that helps to replace petroleum as the basis for chemicals with less expensive renewable raw materials.
With Bioengineering you have chosen an intensive technical and scientific education. Technology, biology and chemistry are the foundation of the degree program.
Lector: Hon.-Prof. Univ.-Doz. DI Dr. Rudolf Friedrich Bliem
Abreviated contents: The Cell: General properties, systematics, Growth Prokaryotes, Fungi and Algae Microbial Habitats For contents see above.
Combination of lectured course and film presentations
Lector: Ao. Prof. Dr. Matthias Weil, Priv.Doz.DI Dr.techn. Peter Weinberger
Elements and compounds; atoms and the periodic table of the elements; the chemical bond; molecular geometries; gases, liquids and solid state; preservation of mass and energy; chemical equilibrium; oxidation and reduction; coordination compounds; basics of chemical thermodynamic; main group and transition metal chemistry; environmental problems; important aspects of general and inorganic chemistry in biological systems.
At the end of the lecture there will be a written examination
Lecture with exercises
Lector: Dr.in Michaela Zeiner
Introduction into Analytical Chemistry - Basics and Methods; validation Classical quantitative analysis: gravimetry, titrimetry (Acid-base titrations, precipitation titrations, titrations based on complexation reactions, titrations based on redox reactions).Spectroscopic methods: AAS, AES, RFA, REM; UV/VIS, IR, MS, XPS, NMR. Electrochemical methods of analysis: electrogravimetry, coulometry, conductometry, potentiometry, polarography. Introduction to separation techniques (chromatography, electrophoresis)
oral presentation followed by short written essay in small groups homework/prepration tasks from unit to unit written exam at end of semester (planned on campus; but change to digital exam due to the current corona-situation possible)
interactive class lecture distance teaching via "zoom" homework/prepration tasks from unit to unit oral presentations by students in small groups
Lector: Alexandra Hofinger, Thomas Schmidt, DI Petra Viehauser, Martin Viehauser, Dr.in Michaela Zeiner
The focus is gaining experience in important basic principles and physical-chemical procedures of analytic and quantitative chemistry as well as chemical basic operations. Introductory part ( 7 exercises)
An examination will be held after the finalisation of the introductory part. The results of the written examination and the practices will be taken as basis for assessment.
Practices; on-the-job training
Lector: DI Dr. Daniel Dangl
- chemical bonds in organic chemistry - basic concepts of organic chemistry - introduction to organic compounds - overview on functional groups - basics of organic reactions
Lector: Dipl.Ing. Dr. Christine Prenner, Johanna Schilcher, Dr. Matthias Steiger, Mag. Helga Weisse
- Introduction into light microscopy / Structure and function of simple cellular systems. - Cellular organization of microorganisms (yeast, bacteria) and plants / cell wall, typical organelles of higher organisms (e.g. nucleus, vacuole(s), ER, etc.) / Function of plasmatic and non-plasmatic components (e.g. osmosis, permeability, nutrient uptake, storage, etc).
- After the course written examination about theoretical aspects and assessment of the graphical documentation (workbook) of the microscopy work / active participation
- Powerpoint presentations / practical experiments in the microbiology laboratory
Lector: DI Petra Viehauser
Following topics will be presented: Atomic weight/molecular weight/mole /laws of stoichiometry/balancing chemical reactions/ redox reactions, solutions/units of concentration/Chemical equilibrium/Ideal Gases Acids and bases and their salts, buffers, the pH-scale, and pH-calculation/Solubility volumetric analysis/ Calibration Procedure and validation of Analytical Methods/ dilution/ buffer/ calculation of culture medium / exercises in photometric determination with calibration graph
Three written midterm exams. Some examples have to be calculated. If not, there is the possibility to repeat this examples. Homework.
Power Point is used to present the theory of the subjects, we calculate many exercises during the lecture, active collaboration is requested. The script, the homework and additional exercises will be available in time on the moodle platform.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Paul Surer
Repetition and strengthening of fundamental mathematical concepts and methods. In particular, we will focus on the following items. 1) terms, factions, complex fractions, equations 2) exponential functions, logarithm 3) geometry 4) basic linear algebra (vectors)
written tests, written assignments, performance
Lector: a.o.Univ. Prof. Dr. Mag. Manfred Kühleitner
equations functions in one variable differential and integral calculus ordinary differential equations
1. Active participation 2. Weekly homeworks 3. A final examination
Lecture + Excersise
Lector: Mag. Dr. Christian Rupp
1. Units and quantities 2. Mechanics 3. Thermodynamics 4. Electricity 5. Optics
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Alexandra Posekany
1-dimensional data description: Population and sample, numerical measures for location and spread, boxplot, absolute and relative frequency, empirical distributions. Random variables: Probability (axioms, addition rule, conditional probability, multiplication rule); discrete random variables (binomial distribution, hypergeometric distribution); continuous random variables (normal distribution). Parameter estimation: Estimation functions, confidence intervals (mean, standard deviation, probabilty). Testing of hypotheses: Introduction (alternative and null hypothesis, 1- and 2-sided hypotheses, types of errors, power); 1-sample problems (t-, binomial-test); test of normality (QQ-plot, Shapiro-Wilk-test); 2-sample problems (t-, F-test); sample size calculations (t-test). Linear regression: Bivariate normal distribution, Pearson correlation coefficient; simple linear regression (least squares estimation, test on linear relationship, coefficient of determination, regression through the origin, linearization methods); linear calibration functions.
Lecture with case studies and exercises; accompanying text to lecture, collection of formulae and simulations programs (in R) for downloading.
Lector: Mgr. Matthias Guggenberger, MSc
Bioorganic chemistry combines methods and techniques of organic chemistry and biochemistry to solve problems of biological relevance and it is inspired by biology when new biotechnological processes are developed. - Introduction into Bioorganic Chemistry - Description of the essential structural elements: nucleotides, amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids (partly Repetition, but also advanced topics) - Assembly and structure of peptides, proteins - Glykoproteins in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms - Biomembranes and their self-assembly - Polyketides and terpenes - Methods for characterization of these components as well as their biological and synthetic preparation.
One final written final exam, mostly with open questions.
Predominantly lecture style instructions. The slides will be made available to the students within the FH Portal; they are derived from both the suggested text books and the indicated literature references (on the slides).
Lector: Maria Käfer, BSc, Thomas Schmidt, DI Petra Viehauser, Martin Viehauser, Dr.in Michaela Zeiner
During this course you will try some quantitative methods. The focus is gaining experience in important basic principles and physical-chemical procedures of analytic and quantitative chemistry as well as chemical basic operations. Introductory part (+6 samples) 1. Sample: Knowledge Base - titration and uncertainty of measurement 2. Sample: Weak Acid, acidimetric 3. Sample: Gravimetric determination of iron 4. Sample: Water analysis - determination of water hardness 5. Sample: Distillation and determination of nitrogen content (Parnas-Wagner)
An examination will be held. The results of the written examination and the practices will be taken as basis for assessment.
Lector: Noah Icka Araki, Maria Käfer, BSc, Thomas Schmidt, DI Petra Viehauser, Martin Viehauser, Dr.in Michaela Zeiner
1. Sample: Conductometric determination of saltsolution 2. Sample: Potentiometric determination of the molecular weight of an amino acid 3. Sample: Determination of chloride beside jodide with an ion-selective electrode 4. Sample: Photometric determination of iron 5. Sample: Photometric determination of the pK-value of an indicator 6. Sample: Redoxtitration (Vitamin C, jodemetric) 7. Sample: Ion chromatography (chloride, nitrate and sulfat)
Litte oral test before starting working. An examination will be held at the end of the course. The results of the written examination and the practices will be taken as basis for assessment.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Klingler
-introduction to Fluid Dynamics -physical properties of fluids -fundamentals of hydrostatics -hydrdynamics: conservation equations and pipe hydraulics -sedimentation velocity -pumps and pump design - stirring
Written exam at the end of the course. 1.5 hrs
theoretical lecture with powerpoint and blackboard, practical examples
Lector: Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Herbert Braun
The first part of the lecture will give an overview of the most important engineering materials as metallic- and no metallic materials as ceramic materials, glass, plastics and composite materials. This part is supplemented by the explanation of corrosion and corrosion protection. in the second part production processes are discussed - casting and sinter, forging, rolling, milling, drilling, sawing and grinding, welding, soldering and bonding. in the last part of lecture machine elements are discussed.
Lector: DI Dr. Hans Marx
Overview on methods in microbiology as a detailed preparation for the practical courses ('Laborpraktikum') 1. Aseptic techniques 2. Cultivation of MO 3. Identification of MO 4. Determination of growth kinetics 5. Antibiotics
Final written examination
Lecture with practical application examples
1. Structural untis of organic compounds (hybride orbitales, molecular orbitales) 2. Reaction mechanisms 3. Alkanes (characteristics, introduction to nomenclature, reactions, synthesis, sources, representatives) 4. Alkenes (isomerism, reactions, representatives) 5. Alkynes (representatives, characteristics, sources, reactions) 6. Halides (characteristics, synthesis, representatives, reactions) 7. Alcoholes (characteristics, synthesis, reactions, representatives of mono- and polyols) 8. Ethers (characteristics, synthesis, reactions) 9. Sulfor containing compounds 10. Amines (characteristics, synthesis, reactions, representatives), further N- and P-compounds 11. Aldehydes and ketones (characteristics, synthesis, reactions, representatives) 12. Carbonic acids (characteristics, synthesis, reactions, representatives) 13. Derivatives of carbonic acids (halides, esters, amides, anhydrides) 14. Amino acids and peptides 15. Aromatic Compounds (aromaticity, characteristics, reactions, representatives) 16. Dicarbonic acids 17. Hydroxy carbonic acids 18. Organometallic Compounds 19. Natural Compounds (carbohydrates, fats, oils, waxes, terpens, nucleic acids)
recurring tests, exercise examples and final examination
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Klingler, Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Paul Surer
In the first part we introduce procedures for solving mathematical problems relevant for applied natural sciences. - Systems of linear equations - Error estimation - Zeros of real functions - Interpolation, numerical differentiation - Integration We will treat the theoretical background as much as necessary for the practical understanding and master the different techniques by demonstative examples. For solving more complex problems we will use the computer. The second part of the course will deal with applied mathematics where the theory from Hydrodynamics is used to analyze real world examples.
written exam + practical exercises
Presentation; calculations of examples on the blackboard and with the aid of the computer.
Lector: Markus Pichler, MSc
As a basic course of Mechanical Engineering, the following content has to be conveyed: 1) instrcution to technical drawing 2) descriptive geometry (2D, 3D, sectional views, dimensioning) 3) details for manufacturing (tolerances, fits, connections, surface processing, welding symbols) 4) process flowcharts (basic flow chart, process flow diagram, P&ID)
There will be no written exam within this course. The assessment will be based on the level of cooperation and a written home exercise.
lecture with case studies and partly short exercises.
This course will present the following aspects of applied microbiology based on selected examples: microoorganisms in association with Foods microorganisms in the environment pharmaceutical indicator organisms production strains for biopharmaceuticals
Written final exam
Lectured course and distant learning
Lector: DI Dr. Christian Hölzl
Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering Applications of Electricity Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering Basic electrical variables Ohm's law Electric power, work, efficiency The electrical circuit of consumers Measuring electrical variable Types of current Power and safe handling of electricity Pipework and electrical connection Electrical Installation and Connections Protective measures for electrical equipment Possible errors on live equipment Dangers of Electricity Safe handling of live wires and machines Symbols on electrical machines DEVICES AND Electric drive equipment in chemical plants electric motors Three-phase motors DC motors Types of motor protection
Lecture with media support (power point slides). Accompanying Exercises and demonstration material e.g. sketching of circuits sketch and calculations, measuring instruments,..
Lector: DI Axel Foraschik
Applied Material Technology - Characteristics - Metallics - Plastics - Keramisch - Surface Technology Machines - Pumps - Agitators, Mixer - Homogenizers - Centrifuges - Machine Safety Equipment - Pressure Vessels - Filter Housings - Heat Exchanger Water Treatment - Pretreatment - Filtration - Destillation
Written exam. Oral exam if written test negative.
Lecture with Powerpoint-presentation (presentation documents will be provided). Focus on presentation of examples out of industrial practice. Discussion and experience exchange of the students under presentation of the lector. Appliance of lecture contents in training examples.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Kahler
Fundamental operations of mechanical-thermal Process Engineering are discussed in ths lecture. Energy Management and technical Thermodynamics, applied Thermodynamics, mixing & stirring, oxigen transfer, mechanical separating processes, thermal separating processes, physico-chemical separating processes.
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf, Ing. DI (FH) Dr. Harald Kühnel, MSc
Knowledge on basics of molecular genetics: What are living organisms made of - in a biochemical sense - what molecules - which compartments and structures? How are these molecules, compartments and structures passed on to offspring? How do living organisms function in a chemical and physical sense? How is this live "steered"? How identical are offspring to their parents, or how different? How is genetic and biological relationship explained on the molecular level? Topics in the Basics part: - Historical perspective - Genomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics - Differences between Eukaryota, Porkaryota, Archaea, and Viruses - Replication - Transcription - Translation - Mutations and Recombination Methods included in this part: - Sequencing technologies
Autonomous solving of problems related to the lecture Mechanical-Thermal Process Engineering
autonomous calculation of exercise examples, supported by tutors
Mathematical examples for process engineering operations
demonstration of mathematical examples with student participation, homework, distance learning
Lector: DI Dr. Hans Marx, Johanna Schilcher, Fabian Schneider, BSc, Mag. Helga Weisse
Introduction into microbiological techniques: Working under sterile conditions Different cultivation techniques (surface cultures, liquid cultures) Cell number determination (according to Koch, Thoma chamber) Preparation of microbial media Morphology: Microscopic imaging of bacteria, yeast and filamentous fungi Staining techniques. Gram, capsule and spore staining Physiology: Growth of yeast on different carbon sources (C-auxanogram) Antibiotics testing (diffusion test, commercial test stripes, dilution method) Api test (physiological identification of bacteria with different biochemical tests) Growth kinetics: Growth characteristics of E. coli
Bonus system for practical courses. Final written examination (joint exam with MiMe)
Practical course; in the first part, the students perform experiments under guidance of the lecturers; in the second part, the acquired skills have to be applied in order to autonomously identify an exemplary germ
Lector: Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Erwin Ivessa
Basic substances in Biochemistry (Short repetition from SS): Carbohydrates, amino acids, lipids, nucleotides; isomerisms, electrolytes Peptides and proteins: Composition, structure, function Overview of protein methods Hemoglobin Enzymes: Basics, catalysis, mechanisms, kinetics, inhibition, regulation Intermediary metabolism: Basics, energetic considerations Important metabolic pathways: Carbohydrate metabolism: Glycolysis, fermentations, citrate cycle, calvin cycle, pentose phosphate pathway, glycogen Lipid metabolism: Fatty acids, cholesterol Biological membranes Respiratory chain and oxidative phosphorylation Overview of amino acid and nucleotide metabolism; cata- and anaplerotic reactions Nitrogen metabolism, urea cycle Photosynthesis DNA and RNA: Structure and function Replication, transcription Translation, posttranslational modifications Regulation of gene expression Optional: Molecular machines, intracellular sorting of proteins, signal transduction, immune system
Two interim tests and a final exam. Single/multiple choice questions and open questions mixed. Details to this matter will be discussed in the lectures.
Predominantly lecture style instruction. The slides used will be made available to the students within the FH Portal; they are mainly derived from the suggested text books
Lector: Ing. DI (FH) Dr. Harald Kühnel, MSc
Methods for Proteins: - Total protein concentration - Immunochemistry (ELISA) - Electrophoresis - Chromatography - Mass spectrometry Enzyme kinetics - Km-Value - Reaction rates Nucleic Acids
Homework, In-class contribution, Final Exam
Lecture with practical examples, which are done in the form of short projects during lectures or as part of homework
Lector: Miriam Hornung, Konstanze Kastenhofer, BSc, Ing. DI (FH) Dr. Harald Kühnel, MSc, Josef Lienharter, BSc, Thomas Schmidt, Katharina Stadlbauer, BSc, DI Dr. Gerhard Stadlmayr
Chemical Calculations, NiNTA Chromatopraphy, Dialysis, Enzyme activity assays, Enzyme kinetic assays, SEC and HPLC, Protein quantification (Bradford, OD280), SDS-PAGE, Western Blot, ELISA
In-class participation and written protocols
Practical training accompanied by discussion and reflection rounds
Lector: DI (FH) Thomas Sterovsky
Bioprocess Engineering Principles
Lector: Martin Huber, Dipl.-Ing. (TUM) Johannes Kugler, FH-Prof. DI Dr. Michael Maurer
Brewing Technology: Raw materials in brewing. Enzymatic processes during malting, mashing, boiling and fermentation&storage of beer. Filling technology in beverage industry. Analyses and assessment of quality control in breweries. beer design. beer tasting.
Lector: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Michael Maurer
Biological Expressionsystems Cell Banks Media Development Sterilisation Reactor Engineering Mass Balances Scale up, Process Design
final exame, written
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Werner Seiler
Basic concepts of measurement, principles of electrical measurement of quantities with significance in biotechnological processes. Basics of sensor elements. Fundamentals of process automation, process control, in particular, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and field bus systems. Introduction to the fundamentals of control theory, types of control systems, analysis, design and simulation of control loops.
Written test at the end of the lecture.
Lecture, design and calculation exercises with Excel and simulation programs.
Lector: Hon.-Prof. Univ.-Doz. DI Dr. Rudolf Friedrich Bliem, Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Panuschka
Industrial application of microorganisms and Industrial Bio-Products Primary and secondary metabolites Antibiotics Enzymes and other products Betalaktams Biosynthesis of Penicillin and Cephalosporin and strains Early development Mould-based Production Technology, productivity and economic constraints Selected process control parameters Aspects of Scale-Up Downstream Processing Isolation, purification, pharmaceutical tabletting Regulatory framework and Summary
Lector: Ing. DI (FH) Dr. Harald Kühnel, MSc, FH- Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Marianne Raith
The cell (Organization, cell compartments, Cytoskeleton); cell membrane (structure, properties, lipid and protein components, transport mechanisms); cell organelles.; cell nucleus, storage and information, gene therapy; proteins and their manifold functions; Bioenergetics; cell Division; Tissues; Cellular components of the immune system, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms to control cellular behavior
Powerpoint slides Discussion rounds following each chapter, to reflect on the presented information
Theoretical part: Immunological techniques like ELISA, SPR, Western-blot, Protein-arrays, IHC, … Techniques of cell biology like fluorescence microscopy, FACS, counting of cells, … Fundamental biochemical techniques like determining the concentration of protein solutions, … And instrumental analysis-techniques like electrophoresis, capillary-electrophoresis, FPLC, HPLC, Proteome-analysis, … . DNA-analysis: qPCR and digital PCR Part Schlager: Extraction and analysis of Proteins by FPLC DNA-analysis: staining of DNA, sequencing, electrophoresis, .... Practical part: Students will solve bio-analytical problems by using recent literature (pubmed, …) and condense their findings in a 20-minute lecture including literature citrates. Possible bio analytic questions: What are exosomes, find out how exosomes can be extracted out of ascites. Describe at least two possible extraction methods. Finally, you should prove that you did a successful extraction and yielded an as clean as possible exosomal fraction without contamination with lipoproteins.
Exam at the end of the lecture active participation, speeches
lecture and group work
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf, Eva Valerie Lehner, BSc
1. In this lecture we talk about what Bioinformatics is and why we need it today. 2. Basic concepts of programming will be discussed and with hands on exercises illustrated. We will go through specific topics of Bioinformatics and discuss the available applications. The topics include: - Why did Bioinformatics develop and what is it. - Human Genome Project and its consequences - Biological sequences, sequence comparison and database search. - Pattern search - Structure of biological sequences and structure prediction - High throughput technologies and data analysis
Exercises and short test at end of the lecture
lecture, powerpoint presentation, discussion and hands on exercises
Terms, principles, concepts and practice of today´s Quality Management and in particular of good manufacturing practice; processes and operating procedures, manufacturing documents; models and Standards; the concept of error and its general relevance; GMP: legal Framework and purpose; selected subjects and aspects of GMP.
Written exam + practical exercise
Lecture with discussion Homework
Lector: Ing. DI (FH) Dr. Harald Kühnel, MSc, Katharina Seiberl, BSc MSc, Dr. Matthias Steiger
Construction of an expression vector to produce l-lactic acid in Saccharomyces cerevisiae 1.) Isolation of the l-lactat-dehydrogenase gen form Lactobacillus plantarum 2.) Construction and amplification of the expression vector in E. coli 3.) Transferring the expression vector in the target organism S. cerevisiae and measurement of the LDH activity
Writing a scientific lab protocol Recommended language: German or English Rated will be the protocol and the practical work in the lab.
After a theoretical introduction at the beginning of each lab day the students will conduct the experiments by themselves with help from the protocols.
Lector: Ing. DI (FH) Dr. Harald Kühnel, MSc, Dr. Christian Leitner
Goal: Establish a plan to produce lactic acid in yeast. Develop a concept including all relevant points and present it to your client. Goal of this seminar is to clone the L-lactat dehydrogenase gene (LDH, EC 188.8.131.52) into a yeast strain. This will lead to a transgenic organism capable of producing lactic acid. Plan all necessary steps to produce this strain: Which yeast will you use? From where will you get it? LDH: From which organism, where/how will you get the gene? Vector: Which essential part must the vector contain? Where will you get it, buy, construct….? How can you clone the LDH gene into the vector? REN, cutting sites, primer…. Which transformation method will you use? How will you screen for positive transformants? Isolation, master cell bank… How will you prove the correct gene transfer and the production of lactic acid? The concept can/should be individual and in theory functional. There is no silver bullet (yeast strain, LDH gene, cloning, transfer, vector, detection…). Lively discussion between colleges is encouraged. Identical or recycled concepts from previous year will not be tolerated! At the end the concept will be presented to your colleges in the frame of a short presentation. Length of the written presentation: 2 Pages.
Graded will be the writen concept and the presentation.
Independent preparation of the concept and the presentation, training and time for Q&A during the lectures
Lector: Ing. Michael Geissler, MSc., Ing. DI (FH) Dr. Harald Kühnel, MSc, Dr. Christian Leitner, Dr. Nico Lingg, FH-Prof. DI Dr. Michael Maurer, Katharina Seiberl, BSc MSc
The course consists of two parts: 1. Brewing technology 2. Characterization of a recombinant yeast strain In the course of the brewing technology, beer, liquor and vinegar are produced. This includes the process design, QA, filling and labeling. In the second part, a yeast strain producing lactic acid (outcome of the molecular biological lab) will be characterized in terms of productivity in comparison to the wild type and a mutant strain (PDC neg.)
Lector: Dipl.Ing. Dr. Christine Prenner, Ao.Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Karola Vorauer-Uhl
This course is aiming two major goals: First of all to develope a common understanding in quality-control-systems conserning the differences to general analytics. Secondly, to deepen the knowledge and background of quality relevant principles and requirements. Methods in breweries quality control, representative for food essentiell quality control will be addressed. Main topics are dealing with laboratory organization, equipment management, Method development and error analysis.
Homework and discussion: 40% Final, written examination: 60%
This course has been established as an interactive workshop: To reach the intended aims, each student has to do several home-exercises in respect to introduced topics which need to uploaded. According to the objectives of the course I will introduce the methods and quality related concepts. Interaction, respectively discussion is desirable.
Lector: Ing. DI (FH) Dr. Harald Kühnel, MSc, Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Sylvia Weilner
Kühnel 1. Isolation of cells 2. Hayflicklimit, telomeres and telomerase 3. Specialised cells 4. Immortalisation of cell lines 5. Tissue engineering, Organkultur Weilner 1. Cell culture laboratories, steril technique and cryoconservation 2. Cultivation methods, cell number, media and components 3. Cell line characterisation 4. Application of animal cell lines and development of recombinant cell lines
Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Werner Timischl
Review of elementary concepts and methods; confidence intervals and tests (confidence intervals for binary variables, robust statistics, outliers, equivalence tests); acceptance sampling ( sampling plans for attributes and variables); control charts; simulation experiments (confidence intervals, bootstrapping, p-value, power); design of experiments (parallel design, one-way ANOVA, simple linear regression, calibration experiments, inter laboratory tests.
Lecture combined with exercises
Case studies from the following subject areas: Acceptance sampling for attributes and variables in food production, confidence intervals and tests, Monte Carlo simulations, statistical process control, analysis of experiments, inter laboratory tests.
Presentation and written report.
Short inputs about the topic of the projects (background, statistical methods, R-specifics). Statistical consulting during the working out of the project.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Marie-Astrid Haibl, Markus Pichler, MSc
Process equipment for upstream, recovery and downstream process, as well as for process supply and central utilities Piping, armatures and valves Building concept / plant layout / hygiene concept Cleaning and sterilization Automation Planning process Qualification
- Presence in the lecture - Written final test (positive grading in case of > 60% of possible points) - Oral examination in case of negative test result - Unexcused absences (> 20%) or unexcused no-show to examination equivalent to a negative test result
Lecture with power point presentation
The course will be held in German - see German description
Continuous assessment, course work
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf
Introduction to the working environment with Linux, R and Python. Introduction to concepts of version control with Git and working on a Linux Server environment.
practical programming task
lecture (powerpoint) practical work using computers
Introduction in Programming with R and the analysis of biological datasets: R topics: - Data types - Control structures - Functions - Packages - Plots
Exercises in DataCamp and through Moodle
Lecture and Exercise. Accesss to DataCamp.
Lector: DI Norbert Auer
This course is the first course for a student planning to study computer programming. The course content introduces the student mainly to both procedure-oriented and with basics on object-oriented programming languages. Structured programs will be written with a computer programming language (Python 3) with an emphasis on procedure-oriented programming. Topics will include basic computer hardware architecture constructs, flowcharting, pseudocode, top down design, logic structures, data structures and types, decisions, subroutines, looping, sequential file processing, data collection types and building basic graphical user interfaces.
The final exam will consists of 2 parts: 1. A multi-choice test on all the arguments covered during the lectures 2. A small programming exercise on the PC
The course will consist of frontal lectures and in-classroom programming on PC using Python 3 as programming language.
Lector: DI(FH) Robert Schwarz
The course addresses the technology of manufacturing aseptically prepared liquida and methodes to assess the process performance.
Written Exam Effectiveness check of the contents of the individual blocks of the distance learning
lecture and interactive participation The lecture slides and additionally the comments of the lecturer during the lecture are the basis of the course content. The sum of this all is relevant for the written test.
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) forms a quality framework for the production of pharmaceutical and biotechnological products. Plant Hygiene represents a central pillar of GMP, both in the way of general principles for avoiding adventious product contamination and through specific forms of implementation and instruments.
Written Final Exam (due to the circumstances as "open books" exam via Moodle) Effectiveness check of the contents of the individual blocks via Moodle
Lector: Florian Bacher, MSc.
Downstream processing means the treatment or purification of fermentation products. The lecture explains procedural basic operations as well as the purification and separation processes of metabolites. Emphasis is placed on mechanical and thermal separation processes, their application areas and their use on the industrial scale. On the basis of the general methods, special cleaning steps are also shown.
Lecture and discussion
Lector: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Michael Maurer, Mag. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin Pfeffer, Mag. Karin Pfeffer, Maria Schrammel, BSc
The aim of this course is the design, operation and analysis of a controlled bioprocess. Therefore, the recombinant E. coli strain will be cultivated in a batch fermentation.
- colloquium - report - active participation
The completion of an internship is part of the course of studies.
Further information: see portal downloads (only accessible for students, other people interested can inquire information in the office of the study program)
Lector: Dipl. Ing. Dr. Nikolaus Hammerschmidt
Basics about downstream processing of proteins including impact factors and quality requirements Basics about important methods e.g. centrifugation, filtration, cell disruption, precipitation, chromatography Calculations of processes
written exam incl. calculation
Mentoring during the professional practical training
Lector: Hon.-Prof. Univ.-Doz. DI Dr. Rudolf Friedrich Bliem, Ing. DI (FH) Dr. Harald Kühnel, MSc, FH-Prof. DI Dr. Michael Maurer
see german description
See german description
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Leo Jakob, MSc, Dr. Nico Lingg, FH-Prof. DI Dr. Michael Maurer
The recombinant proteins produced in the fermentation laboratory course will be purified with typical unit operation. The course covers homogenization, centrifugation, chromatography and ultra-/diafiltration.
- Colloquium - Protocol - Participation
Pactical course in groups
Lector: DI (FH) Anton Grünberg, Ing. DI (FH) Nadine Elpida Tatto
Lecture part about system softwares: The operating system Linux is essential in bioinformatics. This lecture and exercise provides an introduction to Linux in general and the usage of the operating system in particular Data base systems: - Theory: In this part we will learn the basics of relational data base systems and SQL. - Training: The training will take place in small groups. The purpose of the training session will be to set up a small use case with MySQL.
Lecture part about system softwares: written exam and complete and punctual delivery of exercises. The grade will be calculated from exam and excercises 70%/30%. Data base systems: Written exam. The grade will be calculated from exam and excercises 70%/30%.
Lecture part about system softwares: Lecture and exercises during lecture time and at home Data base systems: Lecture and exercises during lecture time and at home
Lector: DI Norbert Auer, FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf
The lecture is meant to support the students in their bachelor thesis, the content is dependent on the topic the student has selected. Python (Norbert Auer): Based on the programming lectures so far, this lecture finalizes important programming concepts with Python. Practical examples from different areas, such as functions, class hierarchies, polymorphism, interfaces, exceptions, modules, and file in/output, are presented and practiced.
This lecture is the basis for the bachelor thesis and will be appraised together with it.
Presentation and dialogs, interactive work and studies, practice on our notbooks
In the lecture students will be supported in the research into the biological topic of their bachelor thesis. The written format of the bachelor thesis will be explained and the scientific process of writing a thesis will be introduced.
Final presentation by the students
Semester datesSummer semester 2020: 10th February to 12th July 2020Winter semester 2020/21: 17th August 2020 to 31st January 2021
Number of teaching weeks20 per Semester
Times6.00 p.m.-9.20 p.m. (ca. three times from Mon to Fri)Sat, ca. every 2 weeks from 8.30 a.m. (allday)
Language of instructionGerman
ElectivesSelection and participation according to available places. There may be separate admission procedures.
Your will receive an education for a growth market. Biotechnology is a key technology of the 21st century that is booming internationally as well as in Austria. Right here in Vienna, a dynamic life science cluster has developed that has also created many jobs in the industry. You will be qualified for a wide range of fields from traditional biotech companies that manufacture pharmaceuticals, to various industries in which bioengineering methods are used in the production of foods, industrial chemicals, other biotechnology products or in brewing and beverage production.
With your expertise as a bioengineer you will work primarily on optimizing and further developing biotechnological production processes and methods that already work in the lab so that they are also suitable for the commercially viable production in the industry. Quality control and quality assurance play an important role in the production. In the medium term, you will be able to head the production, laboratory or project management.
Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.
For more information about which university entrance qualification examinations are recognized, please visit the secretary's office.
Chemistry lab technology, chemical process technology, pharmaceutical technology, brewing and fermentation technology, food technology. Further information about the auxiliary examinations is available at the Secretary's office.
There are 40 places available in the bachelor's degree program in Bioengineering each year. The ratio of places to applicants is currently around 1:3.
To apply you will require the following documents:
Certificates from abroad as well as a description of the courses and exemplary documents from the applicant must be submitted as certified translations. Letters of recommendation from teachers from the institute abroad will help the head of the academic section to assess whether the admission requirements have been fulfilled.
Please note:It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.
The admission procedure consists of a written test and an interview with the admission committee.
The study places are awarded at the latest in mid-July based on this ranking. The process as a whole and all test and assessment results from the admission procedure are documented in a transparent and verifiable manner.
Written test and interview May and June 2020Planned start of the first semester (WS 2020/21)mid August
You want to apply for the course and require support due to a disability, chronic illness or restriction?Please contact:Mag.a Ursula WeilenmannGender & Diversity Management firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Degree Program Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biotechnological Quality Management, Bioprocess Engineering T: +43 1 606 68 email@example.com
We work closely with numerous industrial companies, universities such as the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and the associated Vienna Institute of Biotechnology (VIBT) and other research institutes.This guarantees you strong contacts for internships, employment or participation in research and development activities.You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk.It’s well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners!
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