This natural sciences degree program provides a broad practical training in medical biotechnology. There, molecular biological techniques are used to research causes, diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer. In addition to applications in the medical field, molecular biotechnology is also used in the development of vaccines and active pharmaceutical ingredients. With the help of genetic engineering, cells are manipulated in such a way that they produce therapeutic proteins such as insulin and vaccines. As a graduate, you will be a biotechnological generalist with entrepreneurial skills and as a scientific/technical assistant you will be active in research and development.
Elisabeth HablasVictoria Buchsbaum, MAVienna BioCenterHelmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2, OG.A.011030 WienT: +43 1 606 68 77-3500 F: +43 1 606 68 email@example.com
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Information: Application and Admissionbiotechnologie@fh-campuswien.ac.at
Application period of academic year 2022/23
1st January to 13th March 2022
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)
Your strengths lie in biology, chemistry and mathematics. You are interested in natural sciences, medicine and their related technologies. This includes bioinformatics. With a strong spirit of innovation you question existing applications. You want to develop them further and discover new technologies. You want to apply your manual skills in the laboratory to help people. You are a structured thinker and like to examine things extremely closely and you have the patience to take the many necessary steps to reach your findings. You are aware that alone you can achieve a lot, and in a team you can achieve everything. The fact that English is the language of life sciences awakens your linguistic ambition.
You will be able to study and conduct research in state of the art lecture halls and laboratories. In addition, your education and research benefit from our close partnerships with the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. We have built a strong international network that provides you with the opportunity to complete an internship or to study at prestigious universities such as King's College or Imperial College in London, which are among the top 10 universities in the world. Numerous R&D projects in the degree program offer you the opportunity to participate in application-oriented research during an internship 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.
Through your practice-oriented education, you will learn to develop and apply new recombinant active pharmaceutical agents and vaccines as well as stem-cell and gene therapies for the treatment of diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer's disease. Recombinant proteins are produced biotechnologically by inserting foreign DNA into cells so that they then produce the proteins. Therefore, the degree program focuses on the cell: You will learn the key signaling pathways and processes in detail. Your main interest is the genome.
You will learn how this important part of the cell, which contains all the genetic information of an organism, works in both healthy and diseased systems. In this degree program we guarantee you a private, fully-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratory space and the opportunity to participate in an R&D project of the Department of Molecular Biotechnology or a partner institution as part of an extensive internship in research areas such as allergy research, cell-based test systems and signaling pathways of the cell.
The degree program combines comprehensive know-how about natural sciences and technology with quality and process management. You will enjoy an intensive process-oriented education. Your strongly application-oriented education will be rounded out by the fundamentals of economics and law, laboratory courses and seminars.
Lector: Thorsten Bischof, B.Sc., Mag.pharm. Dr. Michaela Böhmdorfer, Stefanie Gutmann, Mag.pharm.Dr. Alexandra Maria Maier-Salamon, Mag. Dr. Stefan Poschner, Bettina Wurz-Pachmann
Laboratory regulations, labelling of hazardous substances, occupational safety, proper disposal of chemicals Measures of concentration (mol, molar concentration, relative concentration) Basic laboratory techniques, writing laboratory protocols Qualitative analysis of inorganic ion mixtures and inorganic and simple organic salt compounds, nomenclature of simple salts Quantitative analysis by volumetry (acid-base titration, redox titration, complexometry) pH and pH determination methods, preparation of buffer solutions Semi-quantitative analysis of inorganic anions and cations using colorimetric rapid tests
Course with inherent examination character.
Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank
Students learn the basics of genetics and molecular biology with the following topics: • Genetics - Mendel • Classic genetics - gene mapping • genetic defects • Nucleic acids (DNA, RNA) - structure and function • Genome structure, chromatin and nucleosomes • chromosomes • Replication of the DNA • cell cycle • Mitosis - meiosis • Mutations and repair mechanisms • Homologous recombination • Sequence-specific recombination • Transposable elements
Written exam on the last day of the course or in coordination with students.
Lecture Powerpoint presentations Videos
Lector: Mag.Dr. Sabine Lampert, Dr. Janek von Byern, MSc, Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag.pharm. Dr. Michael Wirth
Cells - the basic units of life: commons and differences between the major types. Structure of procaryotic and eucaryotic cells. Characteristics of plant and animal cells, of Bacteria and Archaea. Structure and funktion of subcellular components. Examplyfication of the variety of eucaryotic and procaryotic cells, refering to sturctural and functional aspects with focus on tissues and organs of seed plants. Introduction to different techniques of microscopy and their uses: bright field, dark field, phase contrast, polarization, oil immersion; method for measurement with a light microscope; fluorochrome microscopy, electron microscopy and flow-cytometrie. Preparation methods and staining techniques for microscopy of eucaryotic cells and DNA. Basic Methods for microscopic analysis of procaryotic cells. Scientific documentation of microscopic analyses.
Written exam at the end of the LV about the contents presented during the lecture (see downloads). At least 60% of all points have to be achieved to pass the exam.
lecture, PowerPoint presentations lecture notes for download
Lector: Dipl.Ing. Nikolaus Maly
Elementary models of population dynamics: We study the deterministic behaviour of elementary large-ensemble models. - Exponential growth and its underlying geometric principle, logistic growth, short discussion of the dynamics of non-linear systems (Cobweb diagram). - Matrix models: Levkovich and Leslie models, Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues as tool to determine the asympotic behaviour of linear models.
Short written exams on a regular basis. Written final report. Possibly additional oral exam to clarify questions.
Integrated Online Course
Lector: Mag. Aicha Laarouchi, Mag.Dr. Sabine Lampert, Dr. Brigitte Schmidt, Dr. Janek von Byern, MSc
Eucaryotic cells from protista, Plantae, Animales, Funghi alive and prepared. Procaryotic cells. Subcellular structures in light mikroskop. scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy. Preparationmethods for microskopy, staining methods. Dokumentation of microscopic analysis.
Course with inherent examination character. Assessment criteria are the continuous personal participation and engagement during the practical courses as well as the quality of lab reports that have to be done.
Practical exercise and training with additional demonstrations.
Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Czerny
Darwinian evolution, creationism and intelligent design. Driving forces and mechanisms of evolution, population genetics, phylogeny and formation of species. Physical and chemical basis of life and energy requirements. History of life on our planet and milestones of evolution: origin of life, oxygen, eukaryotes, sexual reproduction and multicellular organisms. Features of pro- and eukrayotic cells and the phylogeny of life. Kingdoms of life: eubacteria, archaea, protists, fungi, plants and animals. Human evolution and the scientific method.
a written exam at the end of the lectures
Lector: Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag.pharm. Dr. Martin Kratzel
Atom: fundamental components of atoms, ultimate particles, elements, isotopes Radioactivity: radioactive decay, radioactive displacement laws, disintegration series Atom models: Rutherford's model, Bohr's model, orbital model Periodic system: periods and groups, short and long periods, electronic configuration of elements, generalizations relative to the position in the periodic system Bond theories (considering the resulting 3D stucture): metallic bonds, ionic bonds, covalent bonds, coordinate covalent bonds Intermolecular forces, acids and bases Conservation laws and consequences: stoichiometry, energy and enthalpy, entropy, spontaneity of chemical reactions, redox reactions States of matter - gases, liquids, solids: rules and laws Chemical equilibrium, law of mass action.
Lecture under support of Microsoft Powerpoint assisted by computer simulations (3D visualisation tools of atoms and molecules)
Lector: Mag. Dr. Stefan Poschner
In several lecture units the theoretical basics of wet-chemical qualitative and quantitative analysis of inorganic and organic samples will be instructed: The first unit contains analytical basics. Afterwards, the analysis and individual detection of anions, cations and inorganic salts will be discussed with special emphasis on reactions and stoichiometry. Apart from the analysis of inorganic samples, also first fundamentals of wet-chemical analysis of organic samples will be discussed with special emphasis on the detection of functional organic groups. Additionally, also extraction and separation techniques by using selected organic compounds will be explained.
Lector: Dipl.-Kfm. Robert Tilenius
- Fundamentals of business administration -- Definition of basic concepts of business administration - Strategic management -- Market environment and competitive situation -- Corporate objectives -- Change management - Marketing management -- Marketing strategies -- Operational marketing / Marketing mix - Human resource management -- Personal needs and manpower planning -- Personal development -- leadership - Accounting -- General accounts and balance -- Management accounting
- Multiple Choice - Text tasks - Rechenaufgaben
Lector: Dr. Alexander Forster, Mag. Dr. Andreas Lehner
The lecture gives an introduction to Austrian Public Law. It deals with the structure of the Austrian state and gives an overview of the most important constitutional bodies and their cooperation.
Final written test
Combination of in-person and distance teaching
Lector: Dr.in Mary Grace Wallis
The timetable for this semester will be provided as detailed information sheets and will be discussed during the first lesson. See also below (Ziele der Lehrveranstaltung).
Your command of English, both spoken and written, will be continuously assessed during the semester and will be reflected in the final semester mark. Moreover your active participation in the lessons will also contribute to the overall mark.
Spontaneous and prepared presentations. Brainstormings, Discussions, Debates. ‘Language clinics’. Individual, pair- and group-work. (Peer) Feedback und (Self-)Reflection.
Lector: Monika Frauwallner
Presentation and appearance • personal presentation and effect • analysis of the target group and purpose • structure and dramaturgy of a presentation • visualization and medium-mix
Your performance will be continuously assessed during the semester and will be reflected in the final semester mark. Moreover your active participation in the lessons will also contribute to the overall mark.
Lecture, individual and group work, practical exercises Self-assessment via exercises • for self reflection and individual application • practical exercises with feedback and analysis
Lector: Dr. Judith Wackerlig
This course is complementary to the lecture course QAC. The students should have a command of the fundamentals of mathematics (general algebra, applying equations with one or two variables, percentage calculation, statistics), in order to apply them to chemical problems. Important here are mathematical quantities and units as well as the concept of moles. A strong focus is placed on the practical applications. The following areas are covered: a) concentrations, preparing solutions and Alligation alternate b) reaction equations: setting up, determining stoichiometric numbers and calculations c) chemical equilibria: acid and base constants, solubility d) stoichiometry of titrations and gravimetry: acid-base reactions, redox reactions, complexation reactions, precipitation reactions, gravimetric factor e) concentration determination by instrumental methods: internal and external calibration f) evaluation of measurement results: systematic and random errors, measurement accuracy
Part of the integrated course is taught as frontal instruction via PowerPoint. Complementary activities are also integrated: calculations, online quiz, video.
Lector: FH-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda
We discuss various basic mathematical models from population dynamics, population genetics and epidemiology, and develop necessary math skills by exploring these models. (a) Simulation of Leslie models of real Populations based on empirical data, (b) Population genetics: Hardy--Weinberg equilibrium of large ensemble population and the contrasting genetic drift model of Wright--Fisher.
Periodic short practice test, an ongoing group project and a written exam at the end of the course. Possibly additional oral exam to clarify questions.
Quantitative Analytical Chemistry - tasks and instrumentation - basic analytical techniques - quantitative analysis (acid-base- and redox titrations) - potentiometry, photometry, chromatography
The explanation of the theoretical basics takes place via selected examples from the areas of general analytics, environmental analytics, food analytics and medicinal material analytics (PowerPoint presentation).
Lector: Dr Predrag Kalaba, MSc, Erich Möllner, Carina Müller, MSc., Mag. pharm. Stefan Simic, Iva Spreitzer, MSc, Mag.pharm Markus Spreitzer, Dr. Judith Wackerlig
Melting point analysis of organic compounds Detection of the refractive index Potentiometric titrations Thin Layer Chromatography UV/ VIS spectrophotometry HPLC and Columnchromatography
Achieving handling experience by practical use of theoretical knowledge.
Self coaching and communication • self coaching and motivation • stress and time-management • perception and interpretation • communication analysis
Lector: Dipl.Ing. Nikolaus Maly, Dr. Christian Steineder
Basics in probability theory and statistics with focus on biology. (1) Descriptive Statistics: Basics of describing and visualisation of empirical data by means of GNU R. (2) Probability Theory Probability Calculation, Bayes’ Theorem. (3) Modells in Probability Theory Random variables, basic stochastic processes. (4) Inductive Statistics Parameter Estimation, Confidence Intervals, Hypothesis Testing (5) Reproducible Research Basics of producing statistical reports.
Periodic short practice test, an ongoing project and a written exam at the end of the course. Oral examination to clarify specific questions concerning the project are possible.
Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson
1. Systematic chemical nomenclature. 2. The periodic table of the elements and periodicity. 3. Groups 1-18of the periodic table, relationships within the groups as well as with other groups, chemical properties of the elements, their production and importance, important compounds their production and importance.
Multiple choice exam - content of hand-outs.
PowerPoint presentation, Handouts, Videos, cloze texts and individual learning. One distance learning unit.
Biotechnology recombinant DNA - molecular cloning restriction enzymes, enzymes used for molecular cloning plamids - vectors - cloning systems ligation - transformation expression plasmids - recombinant protein expression molecular cloning strategies bacterial strains for cloning or protein expression
Expression of the genome • Mechanism of transcription (DNA -> RNA) • Splicing of RNA • Translation (RNA -> protein) • The genetic code Regulation of gene expression • Transcriptional regulation in prokaryotes • Transcriptional regulation in eukaryotes • Regulatory RNAs Gene regulation in development and evolution Basic methods of molecular biology • nucleic acids • proteins Signal transduction cell death model organisms
Lector: Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Spreitzer
1. Atomic orbitals 2. Types of bonds 3. Mesomeric and inductive effects 4. Types of compounds (carbohydrates, arom. compounds. halogenides, alcohols, phenols, ethers, sulfur comp., aldehydes. ketones, carbonylic acids and derivatives, carbonic acid and derivatives, amines); nomenclature 5. Acids/Bases in organic chemistry 6. Reaction mechanisms
Power-Point-Präsentation; Explanations on the board
Lector: Dr. and European Attorney Katherine Cohen, RA Dr. Christian Knauder, Dr. Barbara Oberhofer, LL.M. (LSE), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eva Palten
See our Moodle course for detailed information.
Permanent assessment, 100% attendance required.
Structure and function of cellular organelles (Nucleus, Mitochondria, Endoplasmatic Reticulum, Golgi, ect.) and substructures (cytoskeleton). Composition, properties and functional relevance of biomembranes. Ion channel and carrier mediated transport of small molecules through membranes. Protein transport into organelles as well as in and out of cells (endocytosis/secretion). The cytoskeleton: composition, regulatory proteins and intracellular transport events. Contact/communication between cells via junctions; the concept of tissues and the extracellular matrix. Complex processes that integrate several features: propagation of action potential along nerve cells; muscle contraction, energy conversion in mitochondria
Power point presentation
Lector: FH- Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Marianne Raith
1) Basics of cell- und tissue culture (legal basis, safety levels, requirements and equipment, sterile techniques, contaminations and how to avoid them) 2) The cell and its environment (culture vessels and their treatment, culture conditions) 3) Routine methods for basic handling of cultured cells (medium exchange, subculturing, determination of growth parameters, freezing, thawing and shipment of cells) 4) Cell lines versus primary cells (isolation of primary cells, establishment and characterization of cell lines) 5) Cells as factories (hybridomatechnique for the production of monoclonal antibodies, production of recombinant proteins, transfection, mass cell culture, 3D cell cultures) 6) Methods in cell culture 7) Stemcells (Basics) 8) Plant cell cultures (Basics)
Regular Moodle quizzes (10%) Final exam (90%)
Lecture (PowerPoint presentation and lecture videos) Quizzes for self-examination
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf
In this lecture we talk about what Bioinformatics is and why we need it today. The studients will be introduced to basic programming and can play around with simple practical examples. 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 Programming: - practical examples in R and a short introduction in Python
Exercises to be handed in using the Moodle Platform, and short mulitple choice tests also on the Moodle platform.
lecture, powerpoint presentation, discussion and hands on exercises
Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson
The course will deal with all four areas of language skills: reading/writing/talking/listening. The emphasis in the 3rd semester will be on spoken English (presentations (spontaneous and prepared)). Oral presentations will be an important part of the semesters's work. Grammar revision (where appropriate) will be offerred. ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE LESSON IS VERY IMPORTANT AND WILL BE GRADED!
Spontaneous and prepared presentations. Brainstormings, Discussions, Debates. ‘Language clinics’. Individual, pair- and group-work. Self-reflection is a major focus of the course.
Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Beatrix Kuen-Krismer, Dr. Jonas Ramoni
Lector: DI Dr. Georg Hruschka, DI Dr. Timo Kretzschmar, DI (FH) Franz Stark
This lecture gives an introduction into quality management. The following aspects will be imparted within this lecture: - QM basics, terms and definitions - Development of strategical approaches and models - Introduction into process management: design and process description of a site including creation of operating procedures - ISO 9000/9001 - Requirements on QA regarding drug manufacturing: GLP and GMP - Documentation - Basics on norming, certification and accreditation
Basics in Virology: (a) Bacteriophages: morphology, replication, growth and quantification, application in biotechnology - examples (b) animal viruses: morphology, replication, pathogenesis, examples (retro viruses, influenza virus)
Lector: Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Heinrich Kowalski
Structure of proteins; four organizational levels of protein structure; classes of proteins and domains; enzymes and their classes, including examples; protein isolation and detection of proteins; in vitro vs. in vivo protein folding (molecular chaperones); thermodynamics of biochemical reactions; enzyme kinetics (Michaelis-Menten, Lineweaver-Burk); mechanisms of inhibitors; allostery and cooperativeness; cofactors (metal ions, prosthetic groups and co-enzymes); catalytic mechanisms; protein biosynthesis and glycolysis.
Written; Free text questions aimed at knowledge and understanding
Lector: Kay Holleis, BSc MSc, FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson
In this course the students will get a crash-course in "how to handle an automatic pipet". Then the students perform several restriction digestions in order to map an unknown piece of DNA. At the end of the course, the students determine the concentration of an unknown DNA-Sample spectrophotometrically (including calculation).
Enthusiasm, Protocol in English
Independent work in the laboratory Introductory remarks from the lector/tutor Independent drawing of a plasmid map Writing of a protocol
Lector: Kay Holleis, BSc MSc, Anna Koch, BSc, Andrea Krames, BSc MSc, Gregor Sommerkamp, BSc., FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, ao. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Biol. Dr Angela Witte
In this course students learn the basics of cloning. The DNA of an ORF of a phage is amplified using PCR and cloned into the pUC18 vector. Following methods are performed: PCR, restriction digestion, DNA ligation, competent E. coli, plasmid transformation, selection, identification of the clones. Additionally a deletion mutant is analysed by PCR and nucleic acid will be precipitated. The students also write a scientific protocol in "publication-form."
the grades include: - protocol - lab participation - written test
Practical course with theoretical background
Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Decker
Basic knowledge about the importance and function of the immune system. Distinction between innate and acquired immunity and the interplay of the innate and acquired immune system in an antimicrobial immune response.
Lectures with visual representation of the essential content. Questions and discussion by students are highly welcome.
Lector: FH-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda, FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank
Topics: Detection of Nucleic Acids PCR Western blot Growth of Microorganisms Antibodies and their use in Molecular Biology Centrifugation Protein Purification Southern and Northern blot Primer and Hybridization Proteinexpression Microarray Flurescence in Molecular Biology Sequencing Isolation and Purification of Nucleic Acids from various Organisms Primer and Hybridisation Primer design for cloning of a gene
Preparation, Oral Presentation, Participation in Discussions, written exam at the end of the seminar
Seminar, topic preparation in small groups (4-5), oral presentation in small groups (9-10), 15 minutes presentation, discussion, preparation of a handout
Team development and conflict strategies • team • phases in team development • roles in the team • conflict analysis • phases of conflict escalation • strategies for handling conflicts
Lector: Kay Holleis, BSc MSc, Andrea Krames, BSc MSc, FH- Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Marianne Raith
Experiment 1: Handling of Cell Lines (Splitting, Cryoconservation, Live-Dead-Ratio) Experiment 2: Growth Curve (Evaluation of Doubling-Time and the Influence of Changed Culture conditions) Experiment 3: Cell cycle/Mitosis Experiment 4: Cytoskeleton/Transfection Experiment 5: Problem-Based Learning
Opening exam (Moodle) Active participation during the whole course (technical performance and participation) closing discussion (similar to oral exam) and presentation of the problem-based question (in groups) every student has to write a protocol describing the experimental part of the course (deadline 2 weeks after the end of the laboratory course, see Moodle for further details)
Preliminary discussion of the theoretical background of the experiments and practical implementation of the experiments. Problem-based learning.
Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Annette Rompel
Introduction, thermodynamics, enthalpy entropy, free energy, spontaneous and non-spontaneous processes, calorimetry, osmometry, chemical equilibrium, phases, phase diagrams, electrochemistry,
Written exam; 8 theoretical questions and practical examples; 24 points necessary for grade E max. points: 40 Please interpret the formula and the result. All letters used as symbols must be defined in the context of the task.
Poisson Processes Fluctuation Test by Luria-Delbrück Classic Parameter and Distributionstests Linear Regression One-Factor-ANOVA
Short written exams on a regular basis. Written final exam (report). Possibly additional oral exam to clarify questions.
Fundamental principles of signal processing by cells in single and multicellular organisms. Organization of genes and gene regulation. Illustrative discussion of some pathways (e.g. MAP kinase, GPCR, nuclear hormone receptor, NF-kB, Jak/Stat, Wnt, apoptosis and stress pathways). Effects of pathways on gene regulation, cell cycle, cytoskeleton and metabolism. Networking with other pathways - signal networks. Techniques for analyzing signaling pathways. Biological and medical aspects of signaling pathways.
Presentation & Activating Methods
Lector: Dr. Irmtraud Bernwieser, PMP
Content of this course covers the following topics: Project management basics: Definition of a project, definition of projektmanagement, differences project versus process, types of projects, pros/cons of projects, types of organizations and phases of projects Project initialisation: basics of idea development, from the idea to the project proposal (project charter), teambuilding and -development, stakeholder analyses, governance Project planning: Basics, development of a project plan (workpackages, milestones, dependencies), risk management, time management and management of costs and resources Project execution and controlling: Basics of project controlling and management (time, risk, quality and financials), project performance indicators Project closure: Result transfer, final examination, lessons learned, team termination
Assessment of the team work (open feedback) - 50 % of final grade Written examination - 50 % of final grad Both parts need to be positive, minimum - 60 %
Course is based on a combinaton of lecture and selected case studies. Four teams are built. During the semester the teams will work together on solutions for defined tasks. Each team will get industrial case studies, self defined tasks (self defined project) or predefined subtasks to work on and present the results. Feedback/discussions/evaluation of results of each team will be done in an open process and are an important part of the teaching concept (reflexion as part of the problem) Results of the exercise examples are documented by the students and presented to the lector for evaluation. Students feedback for the lector shall give a focus on the course content and the exercise examples. Prereadings, lecture and trainings material will be made available at the FH server.
Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Lisa Kappel
Applied microbiology comprises the microbiological laboratory practice, microbiological production processes and the establishment of production services, typically, but not exclusively, on an industrial level. The lecture deals with the fermentative production of industrial products, such as chemicals, food (additives) and pharmaceuticals. These 'upstream processes' include the planning, set-up and maintenance of the industrial fermentation processes. This lecture first introduces the basics of microbiological laboratory practice and then focuses primarily on the production of (pharmaceutical) products, but also illuminates the relevant purification (downstream) processes. The students should be familiar with the common industrial technologies for the production of biomass and metabolites, and technological, economic and regulatory requirements will be introduced.
Written final exam
In this course, the subject areas of the courses "Molecular Biology and Genetics I and II" from the first year of study are partly repeated, deepened and expanded. The individual needs of the students are addressed, i. H. At the beginning of the course, the subject areas to be dealt with are determined together with the students.
Lector: DI Dr. Georg Hruschka, DI Dr. Timo Kretzschmar, Mag. Dr. Birgit Spitzer-Sonnleitner, DI (FH) Franz Stark
Lector: Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn. Wolfgang Holzer, Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag.pharm. Dr. Martin Kratzel
A) Basic principles of spectroscopic methods, UV-vis, IR, AAS, AES and fluorescence spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, X-ray structure analysis, NMR spectroscopy (1H, 13C); for each method: instrumentation, applications, scope and limitations. B) Basic principles of chromatogarphic methods; thin-layer chromatography, column chromatography, HPLC, GC; electrophoretic methods, gel electrophoresis, capillary electrophoresis.
Lector: Univ.Doz. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Busse, Mag.a Dr.in Lisa Kappel, Andrea Krames, BSc MSc, Dr.in nat. techn. Sandra Pfeiffer, BSc MSc
Introduction to microbiological work (sterile work, disinfection), industrial safety regulations - Isolation, cultivation and identification of microorganisms - cell counting - media preparation - growth kinetics - microscopy and staining methods - morphological and physiological characterization (differentiation methods)
Laboratory practice and active participation, test, final presentation of results, protocol
Laboratory practice and seminars
Lector: Dr. Radostina Bachmaier, Andrea Krames, BSc MSc
Enzymekinetics, photmetry, Lambert-Beers law, Michaelis-Menten-Kinetics, direct plot, Lineweaver-Birk plot, influence of inhibitors, IC50. Methods in protein chemistry for preparative isolation of enzymes and for the first steos in proteome analysis: buffers, methods for cell-disruption, cell-fractionation, reversiblie and irreversible precipitation of proteins, centifugation,dialysis, ion-exchange-chromatography, indirect enzyme essay, protein quantification methods, electrophoresis methods (SDS-PAGE, 2-dimemsional gel electrophoresis), in-gel protein staining methods (coommassie and silver stain)
30% exam concerning the theoretical background of the course 40% activity of oral and practical participation during the course 30% assessment of the protocol written by the student after the course (deadline a few weeks after the course)
Problem Based Learning several weeks before the practical course. Groupwork under constant attendance by teacher and tutor, lectures held by teacher, demonstrations by the tutor, presentations by the students. Discussion of experimental results. Script containing theoretical background information and experimental procedure.
Lector: Andrea Krames, BSc MSc, FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, ao. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Biol. Dr Angela Witte
The function of genes is central in this internship where students perform a continuous experiment in a bacterial system. The students get to know methods of protein analysis. The expression of a recombinant protein is first studied in small scale (expression cloning in E. coli). The time course of protein expression is analyzed with the aid of Western blots. After upscaling the culture volume under the previously worked out conditions, the recombinant protein is purified by affinity chromatography (HIS-Tag purification) and finally analyzed, dialyzed and the amount of protein obtained is determined quantitatively. Lab Report: in the form of a scientific publication - abstract, introduction, M&M, results, discussion, literature and citations.
Final grade: lab report, final examination, motivation, cooperation, practical skills (results)
Moderation and troubleshooting • moderation • moderation methods • rhetorical strategies • troubleshooting
The internship serves as an introduction for the students to work independently. The tasks begin with the search for a suitable internship and internship supervisor. Students learn under the supervision of a professional the relevant professional practice in a biotechnology company/research institute and/or independent scientific work. During the internship the subject-, methodological and social competencies acquired during the study, will be implemented in the desired field of occupational activity and practically consolidated. Another important teaching content is to summarize the internship results in form of an internship report and the documentation of scientific results.
Assessment of practical supervisor
bachelor thesis results frominternship
Grading of the finished bachelor thesis
completed bachelor thesis
Lector: Dr.phil. Dr. med.univ. Karl-Heinz Huemer
Lector: Assoc. Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Gernot Schabbauer
Lector: Mag. Dr. Daniel Spazierer
Natural regeneration of tissues; use of implants and organ transplants; biocompatible polymers - naturally occuring, synthetic and biodegradable; stem cells - function and use; Generation of scaffolds loaded with drugs, proteins and cells; delivery of drugs, proteins and cells; Tissue engineering of various tissues: skin, cartilage, bone, vascular system, heart muscle and heart valves, nerves and salivary gland; ethic considerations with the use of organ transplants and stem cells; approval of drugs
Written exam after the lecture. First exam-date according to calendar; Follow-up exam date will be selected in agreement with the students
Lecture (online - with digital presence required) with powerpoint presentation, Use of various biomaterials and videos as examples during the lecture,
Lector: Dr. Andreas Bergner, Dr Sebastian Carotta, Dr. Michael Gmachl, Gabriela Gremel, PhD, Barbara Mair, PhD, Dr. Sven Mostböck, DI Dr. Jürgen Ramharter, Dr. Klaus Rumpel, Fiorella Schischlik-Siegl, PhD, Doz. Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Sommergruber, Peggy Stolt-Bergner, PhD
- From concept to target, in vitro biology: Signaling pathways in oncology, mechanisms of tumorigenesis, target identification and validation, oncogene addiction and resistance, tumor metabolism, clinical trials - PK/PD, biomarkers, animal models: Types of biomarkers, PK/PD, in vitro models, in vivo models, ex vivo models, TMAs - Immunology/immune therapy: Immune system, Immune response, innate and adaptive branches of the immune system, immune therapy, vaccination, immune modulation, CAR T cells - Systems biology, “Omics”: Transcriptomics, proteomics, (functional) genomics, CRISPR/RNAi technologies, depletion / rescue screens - Bioinformatics: Insights from data, challenges of big data (processing, storage, visualization, communication), emerging methods in computational biology (machine learning / AI, single cell sequencing) - The KRAS cluster: Signaling pathways, oncogenic signaling and drug discovery, KRAS biology, in vitro to in vivo relation - SMAC mimetics & STING: Cancer targeting and immune targeting therapies, rational combinations - Statistics and Ethics: Statistical tests, p-value, analysis of large datasets, experimental design, ethics in drug discovery and development - Structural Biology: Protein Science, X-ray, Druggability, cryo EM, NMR - Computational Chemistry: Chemical space, virtual screening, cheminformatics, structure-based design, property prediction, machine learning - Hit Finding and Optimization: Biochemical and biophysical assays, assay development, HTS and FBS, attrition and risk management in drug discovery - Medicinal Chemistry: Hit-to-Lead process, compound optimization, structure-based design, ADMET
Written examination (multiple choice) at the end of the course
2-hour oral lectures (presentation slides will be electronically available)
The Bachelor's examination is the final examination of the Bachelor's programme before an examination senate relevant to the subject. The students present results from their work experience in the form of a lecture. Students are interviewed by the examination senate on their presentation as well as on central theoretical and practical topics of the Bachelor's programme.
Up to 20 points are awarded for the presentation by the examination senate. Up to 20 points are also awarded for the subsequent survey for presentation purposes. Up to 30 points are awarded for answering questions on central theoretical and practical topics of the bachelor's programme. The sum of these points results in the overall grade for the Bachelor examination.
Activating methods: presentation and oral examination
Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Beatrix Kuen-Krismer, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson
Principles of development (differentiation, growth, pattern formation, induction, morphogenes, cytoplasmic determinants, regulative development, cell fate, cell movement, differential cell adhesion) Stages of development (early cell division, gastrulation, neurulation, organ development) Development of important model systems (Drosophila, C. elegans, zebrafish, Xenopus, chick, mouse, evolutionary comparison) Methods of developmental biology (transplantation, analysis of gene expression, gain-of-function and loss-of-function methods) Axis determination (organizer, anteroposterior axis - hox genes, dorsoventral axis – Bmp/chordin, left/right axis) Blood circulation (angiogenesis, hematopoietic system) Regulation of growth and cancer development Germ cells and reproduction (gametogenesis, fertilization, in vitro fertilization, cloning) Regeneration (stem cells, models for regeneration, tissue engineering, aging)
written exam in the last lecture
lectures Powerpoint presentations and down-loads
The course content / timetable for this semester will be discussed during the first lesson. See also our Moodle course.
Performance and progress will be continuously assessed during the semester and will be reflected in the final semester mark. The assessment is based on all written and oral work during the semester. Moreover your active participation in the lessons will also contribute to the overall mark.
See our Moodle course.
Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Adolf Ellinger
Importance of histology for understanding of tissue and organ structure-function relations Basics of preparation techniques and microscopy Classification and architecture of tissue types Connective and supporting-, epithelial-, muscle-, nervous tissue Structure of organs and organ systems, especially • Gastrointestinal tract (incl. oral cavity, teeth, liver and pancreas) • Genito-urinary tract • Respiratory tract • Cardiovascular system • Nervous system • Lymphatic organs - Immune system • Skin and appendages • Sensory organs – exemplary eyeball Stem- progenitor- indifferent cells (adult, niches)
Written examination (combination of multiple-choice questions, written anwers / drawings) at the end of the course.
Lecture (powerpoint, board), online demonstration virtual microscopy, film-sequences. Accompanying script on the web (condensed version of the powerpoint presentations), structuring, extension by lectures, follow up in text books.
Lector: Barry Jenkins, BSc (Hons)
• What is culture? Definitions and cultural models, cultural identity of the individual, values • Reasons for misunderstanding in cooperation: self-perception, perception by others • Stereotypes and prejudices – how can we avoid them? • Intercultural competence, intercultural strategies • Culture shock: phases and coping strategies • Culture dimensions (Trompenaars, Hofstede, Hall, Lewis…etc.) • Language and communication across cultures - differences regarding style, directness, context • Critical incidents in multicultural work; analyses and solutions • Living and working in a foreign country: Knowledge, behavior, cultural values, working practices, taboos, Do’s and Dont’s
• Active participation • Presentation • Case studies
• Short theory inputs • Presentation in small groups • Short film sequences • Exercises, simulation, role-plays • Discussion • “Critical incidents”, analysis and solutions • Reflecting of joint experience
Lector: Dr. Astrid Christine Erber, Mag. Ramona Lubich, MA
1. Marketing and marketing management, definitions 2. Market research 3. Marketing strategy: Segmentation, targeting, differentiation and positioning 4. Marketing mix (MM): Product, Price, Place (Distribution) and Promotion (Communication) 5. Revisiting the MM in the Life Science industry: Product development: Phases of development, discovery, preclinical and clinical trials, post-marketing surveillance and life cycle management (LCM), supply chain, promotion and price 6. Forecasting
The final course grade will be based on the following: 50% Exercises Part 1 (Basic Marketing Concepts, R. Lubich) 10% Exercises Part 2 (Product Development & Product Life Cycle Management (LCM) in the Life Science Industry, A. Erber) 40% Exam (all course parts)
Lecture, group work with presentations, exam
Almost all knowledge on the molecular details of biological pathways originates from research on biomodels. Biomodels have different advantages and strengths and have to be carefully selected depending on the questions asked. In this lecture animal model systems will be discussed in detail. First unicellular, fungal and plant models will be discussed. Then the main animal model systems are presented: vertebrates (fish, frog, chick and mouse) and invertebrates (Drosophila and C. elegans). Various molecular and genetic methods for the analysis of animal models are presented and principles of animal experiments are discussed.
lectures Powerpoint presentations and downloads
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Jonas Aronow, Angelika Ebner, Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn. Wolfgang Holzer, Marlon Millard, BSc, Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Spreitzer
1. Distillation under atmospheric pressure 2. Distillation under reduced pressure 3. Extraction of an organic acid from an aqueous solution and recrystallization of the crude product 4. Synthesis of ethyl acetoacetate ethylenketal; azeotropic removal of H2O; 1H-and 13C-nmr spectra 5. Synthesis of phenylethanol; NaBH4-reduction 6. Synthesis of Acetylsalicylic acid; acetylation, esterification 7. Synthesis of the antiepileptic agent phenytoine; synthesis of an hydantoine
Evaluation is based on laboratory work
Semester dates Summer semester 2022: 14th February 2022 to 30th July 20223 Winter semester 2022/23: 6th September 2022 to 4th February 20233
3 depending on the lab courses
Number of teaching weeks 18 per semester
Times Monday to Friday all day; some vocational subjects also held on Saturday
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. In recent years Vienna has become a dynamic center for life sciences. Your career will benefit from the excellent professional reputation of your university and from the practical skills and social skills that you will also acquire during your studies. There is a high demand for well-trained experts with a strong scientific background who can immediately contribute to the success of their company. In addition to excellent career opportunities, a wide range of possible activities will be open to you. Immediately after graduation, you can work as a scientific and technical assistant primarily in research departments and laboratories at global pharmaceutical companies, universities or hospitals. With your extensive know-how of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), you are an ideal candidate to take on responsibility in project management and quality assurance in the production of medications.
Applicants have to fulfill one of the below mentioned admission requirements, to be able to study at the FH Campus Wien. Either you hold a Higher education entrance qualification or the University entrance qualification examination or already passed the University entrance qualification examination for a study program at the University of Vienna or you can present relevant professional qualifications. However, participation in the admission procedure is mandatory.
You can find more information at on the website of the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research
Proof of mandatory additional exams must be provided at the beginning of the semester in which courses are scheduled that require mastery of the subject matter of the additional exam concerned.
It is possible to provide proof of the additional exams or partial exams of the university entrance qualification examinations (SBP) by the end of the first year of study (end of second semester).
The following applies to third country applicants:
Regulation for the admission of third country citizens (PDF, 223 KB)
Information for applicants with non-Austrian (school) certificates (PDF 145 KB)
For information on the German B2 language certificate, see "German language certificate for foreign applicants".
There are 60 places available in the bachelor's degree program in Molecular Biotechnology each year. The ratio of places to applicants is currently around 1:4
For a complete application, you must upload the following documents as a scan when applying online
German language certificate for foreign applicants
Applicants from abroad must provide proof of German language proficiency level B2 by the application deadline*. Applicants from German-speaking Switzerland, Germany and South Tyrol are exempt from this requirement. Certificates from the following institutions are valid:
The language certificates must not be older than 3 years. *Please note that the bachelor degree program is held in GERMAN only and foreign prospective students have to provide a German level B2 according to the CEFR within the registration period.
Please note: A temporary caching of the online application form is not possible. You must complete your application in one session. Your online application will be accepted once you have submitted all required documents as well as the signed application form scanned per e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The university entrance certificate must be submitted after successful completion of the final school examination, at the latest at the beginning of the semester.
Your online application will be accepted when you have uploaded all the required forms and documents. Please also note that you will receive an invitation to the written aptitude test for the admission procedure at the earliest AFTER the application deadline.
After completing your application, you will receive an automatically generated response email. This is your confirmation of the successful application and entitles you to take part in the written aptitude test. All further information for the admission procedure can be found in this e-mail.
Notice: The application documents are checked for completeness. Applicants with incomplete applications will not be considered for the admission procedure. We ask for your understanding that due to organizational and time-related reasons, e-mail inquiries can only be answered to a limited extent during the application phase.
The admission procedure consists of a written test and an interview with the admission committee.
If the application documents are fully provided and meet the admission requirements, you will be invited to participate in the first part of the admission procedure. The first part is a written admission test on the computer on site.
You will complete a multiple choice test to assess your basic knowledge of (molecular) biology, mathematics and chemistry and test your ability to think logically. Test content: The test covers knowledge based on general secondary school (AHS) text books and general knowledge. Questions will cover the basics of mathematics and chemistry (AHS upper level knowledge) and basic knowledge of cell biology. Botany and zoology are not relevant.
For the written admission test, which takes place at the main location of the FH Campus Wien, your personal presence in Vienna is required.
After positive completion of the written admission test, you will be invited to the second part of the admission procedure, which is planned as an online interview.
An average of 120 applicants are invited to this phase of the admission procedure. The focus is on motivation, performance behavior, problem solving, ability to reflect, understanding of the profession, etc. The interview will be conducted with an online meeting tool.
The test and the interview are scored and ranked.
Criteria The criteria for acceptance are based solely on performance. The geographical origin of the applicant or even a re-application has no influence on the admission decision. The admission requirements must be met in all cases. Applicants are evaluated according to the following weighting system:
The admission committee (which comprises, among others, the head of the academic section and representatives of the teaching staff) awards places to the applicants who score highest in the tests. The process as a whole and all test and assessment results from the admission procedure are documented in a transparent and verifiable manner.
Participation in the selection process is mandatory and cannot be made up for on a separate date.
Waiting List Based on the number of points achieved in the selection process, you will also be placed on the waiting list. If after the selection process you are put on the waiting list, depending on the number of people who refuse acceptance and the number of places available, it is possible that you will be offered a place in the degree program for the current winter semester. This usually takes place at very short notice and cannot be determined in advance. We ask for your understanding that for organizational reasons no information can be given about your current place on the list and you will be informed immediately if you are offered a place in the degree program.
Rejection by the Degree Program If you receive a rejection after the selection process, you can reapply for the next winter semester as soon as the application window is open. You will have to apply online again, resubmit all the necessary documents and go through the entire selection process again.
Acceptance You will be informed by email about the acceptance for a place in the degree program. You will be sent the education and training contract and various regulations by email. You must sign and return the contract by the specified deadline in order to secure and accept your place in the degree program. The invoice for the tuition fee will be sent to you separately from the accounting department. This may take some time. The timetable is expected to be activated one to two weeks BEFORE the start of the semester. All other study-relevant information will either be sent to you by email or you will be given the information during the starting event at the beginning of the academic year.
Rejection by Applicants If you do not want to or cannot accept your place at the university, we ask you to please inform the office of the degree program as soon as possible via email@example.com. Your place will then be assigned to the next in line. Rejection or withdrawal from the education and training contract are only accepted in writing.
Application: 1st of January 2022 to 13th of March 2022
Written admission test: 28th to 31st March 2022
Interviews: 27th April to 6th May 2022
Perhaps your qualifications exceed our admission requirements, you are interested in the possibility of joining the program at a higher semester or you hold a degree from a university abroad?
For more information, please refer to the sections on validation and shortening programs
Shortening the Duration of Studies For applicants who have a certain amount of knowledge relevant to the course, there is the possibility to start directly in the 3rd semester AFTER passing relevant additional exams.
Under certain conditions, there is the possibility that graduates of the HTL for Chemistry/Rosensteingasse (biochemistry and molecular biotechnology) as well as the private HTL for food technology can enter the third semester directly by means of additional exams and depending on the availability of places in the degree program in the 3rd semester.
To do this, please send an email including your complete university entrance certificate or the report card for your final year of school to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The timely submission of the application documents and participation in the admission process is mandatory.
Changing Your Degree Program Applicants who want to change or are changing their degree program with their application must submit all report cards and certificates in the course of the application. Any crediting of exams must be checked individually and primarily have no effect on the admission procedure.
If you have any questions regarding accessibility or if you have a specific need in the admission procedure due to an impairment, please contact Ursula Weilenmann for organizational reasons as early as possible at email@example.com.
Since we try to take into account individual needs due to disabilities when conducting the written admission test, we ask you to indicate in your online application to Weilenmann in which form you require support.
Your contact person in the department Gender & Diversity ManagementMag.a Ursula Weilenmannbarrierefrei@fh-campuswien.ac.athttp://www.fh-campuswien.ac.at/barrierefrei
Head Department Applied Life Sciences, Head of Degree Program Molecular Biotechnology T: +43 1 606 68 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mag.a Janina Agis-BleiAssistanceVienna BioCenterHelmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2, OG.A.031030 WienT: +43 1 606 68 77-3505F: +43 1 606 68 email@example.com
New study location from winter semester 2022/23 The Department of Applied Life Sciences will move to the new building at Favoritenstraße 222, 1100 Vienna in the summer of 2022.
Head of Competence Center Molecular Biotechnolog, Academic Staff
We work closely with numerous biotech companies, universities, such as the University of Vienna, and research institutes and have a strong international network. This guarantees you strong contacts for your internship, a semester abroad, participation in research and development activities and your future employment. 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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