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 HablasCampus Vienna BioCenterHelmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 21030 WienT: +43 1 606 68 77-3500 F: +43 1 606 68 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours Mon-Fri, 8.00 a.m.-12.00 a.m.
Application period of academic year 2019/20
1st October 2018 to 22nd March 2019
tuition fee / semester:
+ ÖH premium + contribution**
* Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727 per semester
**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.
Located at the Vienna BioCenter, you will be able to study and conduct research in state of the art lecture halls and laboratories. You will have access to the best equipment in Central Europe, including among other things an S2 laboratory (the second highest security level). We share this important life sciences center with numerous research institutions and well-known biotech companies and maintain an active exchange of knowledge. 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: 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.
Tests during the semester, 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, isotopesRadioactivity: radioactive decay, radioactive displacement laws, disintegration seriesAtom models: Rutherford's model, Bohr's model, orbital modelPeriodic system: periods and groups, short and long periods, electronic configuration of elements, generalizations relative to the position in the periodic systemBond theories (considering the resulting 3D stucture): metallic bonds, ionic bonds, covalent bonds, coordinate covalent bondsIntermolecular forces, acids and basesConservation laws and consequences: stoichiometry, energy and enthalpy, entropy, spontaneity of chemical reactions, redox reactionsStates of matter - gases, liquids, solids: rules and lawsChemical 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. Sabine Lampert, Dr. Janek von Byern, 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, mitosis in eucaryotic cells. 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 presentationslecture notes for download
Lector: Santosa Janmar Banh, Mag.pharm. Dr. Michaela Böhmdorfer, Mag. Dr. Birgit Hagenauer, Ao.Univ.Prof.Mag.pharm.Dr. Walter Jäger, Mag.pharm.Dr. Alexandra Maria Maier-Salamon, Bettina Pachmann, Mag.pharm Stefan Poschner, Konstantin Sterlini
Laboratory regulations, labelling of hazardous substances, occupational safety, proper disposal of chemicalsMeasures of concentration (mol, molar concentration, relative concentration)Basic laboratory techniques, writing laboratory protocolsQualitative analysis of inorganic ion mixtures and inorganic and simple organic salt compounds, nomenclature of simple saltsQuantitative 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: Ao.Univ.Prof.Mag.pharm.Dr. Walter Jäger
In several lecture units the theoretical bases of wet-chemical qualitative and quantitative analysis of inorganic and organic samples will be instructed.The first unit begins with the correct use and execution of element tests. Afterwards the 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 practice-relevant organic compounds will be explained.
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 (Overheads and PowerPoint).
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: Mag. Bernhard Brauner, Dr. Norbert Cyran, Mag.Dr. Sabine Lampert, Mag. Dr. Ingeborg Lang, Katharina Petschinger, Dr. Brigitte Schmidt, Patrik Schwarz, Dr. Janek von Byern
Eucaryotic cells from protista, Plantae, Animales, Funghi alive and prepared.Procaryotic cells.Subcellular structures in light mikroskop.fluorescence microscopy, phase contrast microscopy, flow cytometry, methods of cell analysis.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. Herbert Wank
A journey through the cell: What is a gene? What is DNA, hybridization, methods for the analysis of gene expression, including DNA chips. Dynamics of DNA (replication including methods such as PCR and DNA sequencing, DNA repair, recombination), central dogma, structure and function of RNA, transcription, translation, genetic code and the mechanisms of differential gene activity. Mutation. Gene isolation (cloning), basics of forward and reverse genetics, model organisms, genome research.The genetic jungle: forward genetics (Mendel genetics), Meiosis, recombination, gene mapping. What is the phenotype? Monofactorial inherited diseases and multifactorial diseases. Clinical phenotypes. Deviations from Mendelian inheritence (penetrance, locus heterogeneity, allelic heterogeneity, etc.).The cell cycle with biochemical structure of DNA, chromatin, nucleosome, DNA-replication including telomere replication, methods like PCR and DNA sequencing, mutation frequencies and DNA repair, individual processes in mitosis, cell cycle control points, cytostatica, regulation by protein kinases).The topics of are coordinated with topics of the lecture course "General Biology": evolution including mutation and selection, molecular evolution (rRNA-genes), endosymbiosis, and others.This lecture lays the foundation of a lecture of the same name in the 2. Semester, in which the same topics are deepened, with emphasis on molecular-biological methods.
Written exam on the last day of the course or in coordination with students.24 points, 12 points for a pass.
LectureCD Learning software by Hoffmann-LaRoche, presentation and self-learning of each student.Powerpoint presentationsBlack boardDownloads
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 exercisesSelf-assessment via exercises• for self reflection and individual application• practical exercises with feedback and analysis
Lector: MMag. Dr. Florian Böhm-Gratzl, 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
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.
Lector: FH-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in Dr.in Ines Swoboda
Lector: Dr. Judith Wackerlig
This course is complementary to the lecture course Analytical Chemistry 2 (quantitative analysis). 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 alternateb) reaction equations: setting up, determining stoichiometric numbers and calculationsc) chemical equilibria: acid and base constants, solubilityd) stoichiometry of titrations and gravimetry: acid-base reactions, redox reactions, complexation reactions, precipitation reactions, gravimetric factore) concentration determination by instrumental methods: internal and external calibrationf) 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: DI Dr. Ulrich Haböck, Dipl.Ing. Nikolaus Maly
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.
Die Vorlesung wird auf Grund einer schriftlichen Prüfung am Semesterende beurteilt;eventuelle Noten-upgrades aufgrund Übungsengagements möglich.
Learning by doing.
Biotechnologyrecombinant DNA - molecular cloningrestriction enzymes, enzymes used for molecular cloningplamids - vectors - cloning systemsligation - transformationexpression plasmids - recombinant protein expressionmolecular cloning strategiesbacterial strains for cloning or protein expression
Gene expression in general and in prokaryotes: RNA-polymerase, promoter-terminator, transcription, translation, antibiotics.Gene expression in eukaryotes: Genomes, genome sizes, repetitive DNA, mobile genes, reversible chromatin structure: Eukaryotic promoters, RNA-processing. Post-translational modifications: signal peptides, translation at rough ER, protein degradation.Signal transduction in prokaryotes and eukaryotes: response regulators, different receptors (G-protein-coupled, tyrosin-kinase-coupled, etc.), ion channels, second messengers (cAMP, cGMP, NO, etc.)Regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes: Lac operon, tryp operon. Transformation, transduction, conjugation.Viruses: lytic and lysogenic cycle. Influenza virus, HIV.Principles of gene cloning: restriction enzymes, vectors and hosts (expression in prokaryotes, in yeast, in plants, in mammalian cells).
LecturePowerpoint presentationsBlack boardDownloads
Lector: Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Spreitzer
1. Atomic orbitals2. Types of bonds3. Mesomeric and inductive effects4. 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 chemistry6. Reaction mechanisms
Power-Point-Präsentation; Explanations on the board
Lector: Dr. and European Attorney Katherine Cohen, Mag. Dr. iur. Christian Knauder, Dr. Barbara Oberhofer, LL.M. (LSE), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eva Palten
Introduction to austrian private law (basically contract law and tort law on beginners level including case studies), company law, employment law and patent law.
Lectures on an interactive basis, including case studies. You are kindly invited to cooperate!
Lector: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag.pharm. Dr. Thomas Erker, DI (FH) Mario Gabriel, Mag. pharm. Michael Hintersteininger, Dr Predrag Kalaba, MSc, Erich Möllner, Mag. pharm. Philipp Schreppel, Dr. Judith Wackerlig
Melting point analysis of organic compoundsDetection of the refractive indexAnalysis of the elemental compositionPotentiometric titrationsThin Layer ChromatographyUV/ VIS spectrophotometryAnalysis of structural compounds using chemical reactionsHPLC and Columnchromatography
The analytical data achieved by the student is the basis of assessment.
Achieving handling experience by practical use of theoretical knowledge.
Quantitative Analytical Chemistry- tasks and instrumentation- basic analytical techniques- quantitative analysis (acid-base-, precipitation and redox titrations, complexometry)- potentiometry, photometry
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).
See our Moodle course for detailed information.
Permanent assessment, 100% attendance required.
Self coaching and communication• self coaching and motivation• stress and time-management• perception and interpretation• communication analysis
Lector: Mag. Irene Steiner, Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Werner Timischl
1. Probability (Unconditional and conditional probability; addition and multiplication rule, Bayes' formula) 2. Distributions (Discrete and continuous random variables; Binomial distribution; Hypergeometric distribution, Normal random variables)3. Descriptive Statistics (Boxplot, 5-number-summary, arithmetic mean, empirical variance und standard deviation; empirical distributions)4. Parameter estimation I: Sample mean, point estimate, confidence interval, sample size calculations. 5. Parameter estimation II:Sample variance, point estimate, confidence interval. 6. One sample t-test I (2- and 1-sided hypotheses, logic of hypothesis testing, errors, p-value)7. One sample t-test II (power, sample size calculations)8. Parameter estimation III (confidence intervals for proportions)9. Binomial test (hypotheses, p-value, power)10. Normality tests (normal QQ-Plots, Shapiro-Wilk test)
2 written examinations (after the 5th chapter) and at the end of the course.
Lecture with subsequent exercies in groups; accompanying text to lecture (including R-Reader) and collection of formulae for downloading.
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)6) Methods in cell culture7) Stemcells (Basics)8) Plant cell cultures
written exam (100%)
Lecture (PowerPoint presentation and short demonstration videos)
Lector: 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: 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
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: Dr. Radostina Bachmaier, FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank
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 laboratoryIntroductory remarks from the lector/tutorIndependent drawing of a plasmid mapWriting of a protocol
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. 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: FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Beatrix Kuen-Krismer
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 AcidsPCRWestern blotGrowth of MicroorganismsAntibodies and their use in Molecular BiologyCentrifugationProtein PurificationSouthern and Northern blotPrimer and HybridizationProteinexpressionMicroarrayFlurescence in Molecular BiologySequencingIsolation and Purification of Nucleic Acids from various OrganismsPrimer and HybridisationPrimer 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
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, kinetics, molecular systems, non bonding interactions, Lenard-Jones potential
Written exam; 8 theoretical questions and practical examples; 24 points necessary for grade Emax. points: 40Please interpret the formula and the result.All letters used as symbols must be defined in the context of the task.
Lector: DI Dr. Timo Kretzschmar, Dr.Techn. Roland Werner Müller, 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
Team development and conflict strategies• team• phases in team development• roles in the team• conflict analysis • phases of conflict escalation• strategies for handling conflicts
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: Dr. Radostina Bachmaier, 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/MitosisExperiment 4: Differentiation of Neuronal CellsExperiment 5: Cytoskeleton/TransfectionExperiment 6: 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)
The course will deal with all four areas of language skills: reading/writing/talking/listening.The emphasis in the 4th semester will be on written English with the focus on business English. We will also cover important, everday aspects of scientific life such assafety in the lab/at work.Oral presentations will also be as important as in the previous semester but the students will be more independent.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.
Structure and properties of DNA, RNA and proteins (short repetition). Composition of the genome of pro- and eukaryotes (including viruses), with an emphasis on the human genome. This includes the structure of genes (regulatory regions, start/stop signals, exon/intron structure) and the remaining genome (junk DNA, invasive elements, structure of chromosomes). Effects of mutations (point mutations, deletions, inversions) and repair, recombination, meiosis and mitosis.Structure of chromosomes and chromatin (nucleosomes, compaction of DNA, telomeres) and effects of chromatin/DNA modifications on gene function (modifications of histone tails, DNA methylation, eu- and heterochromatin, epigenetic mechanisms).Techniques for analysis (sequencing, gene annotation, sequence comparisons, analysis of the genome) and applications (DNA integration, transgenics, viral vectors, gene therapy, knockout).
At the beginning of every second lecture will be a test. In the following lecture this test can be repeated once (in this case the result of this 2nd test counts). The results of the test are then combined, no final exam.
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 projectsProject initialisation: basics of idea development, from the idea to the project proposal (project charter), teambuilding and -development, stakeholder analyses, governanceProject planning: Basics, development of a project plan (workpackages, milestones, dependencies), risk management, time management and management of costs and resourcesProject execution and controlling: Basics of project controlling and management (time, risk, quality and financials), project performance indicatorsProject closure: Result transfer, final examination, lessons learned, team termination
Assessment of the team work (open feedback) - 50 % of final gradeWritten examination - 50 % of final gradBoth 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: FH-Prof. Dr. Herbert Wank, FH-Prof. Dr. Paul Watson
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
Lector: Dr.phil. Dr. med.univ. Karl-Heinz Huemer
homoiostatic regulation, membrane potential (compartments, transport mechanisms, resting membrane potential, action potential, nerve conduction)heart (structure, conduction, ECG, heart cycle, coronary circulation)respiration (lung volumes, breathing cycle, breathing impairments, lung compliance, surfactant, O2 & CO2 transport)muscle function (electromechanic transformation, striate, smooth and myocardic muscle, force-length diagram)circulation (body, lung & fetal circulation), blood pressures, oxygen saturation, oxygen consumption, local regulation of blood flow)blood (transport and storage of nutrients & metabolites, hemostasis, plasma proteins)immunology (cellular & humoral systems, AB0-system, complement-system, inflammation)excretion (nephron structure, glomerular filtration, secretion, resorption, regulation of blood volume & electrolyte composition, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system)metabolism/digestion (gastrointestinal tract & functions, digestion and resorption of carbohydrates, proteins & fat, functions of the liver)sensory systems (general sensory physiology, mechanosensors, proprioceptors, photoreceptors, equilibrium, ear, smell, taste, pain reception)nervous system (autonomic nervous system, transmitter systems, motor systems, cognitive functions)endocrinology (important hormone receptors, hypophysis, regulation of glucose level, catecholamines, glucocorticoids, thyroid, sexual functions)
Lector: Assoc. Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Gernot Schabbauer
CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF IMMUNOLOGYACUTE INFLAMMATORY DISEASESThe immune system evolved to protect against pathogenic organisms such as viruses, bacteria and other parasites. Innate and acquired immunity work together.In this chapter we will focus on the molecular basis and clinical relevance of the misdirected immune system in the context of, for example, infectious diseases.One of the key activities of the immune system is the distinction between "self" and "foreign".AUTO IMMUNITY AND IMMUNODEFICIENCYIf endogenous structures are not recognized as "self", a result of the lack of tolerance can be the emergence of autoimmune diseases. In the case of insufficient recognition of "foreign" or the inability of the immune system to react adequately to “foreign”, the organism may inadequately protect against intruders, and serious life-threatening infections can be the result.This chapter describes the most important and most common autoimmune diseases (clinical presentation, diagnosis, pathogenesis models), as well as major congenital and acquired immunodeficiencies. In conclusion, the clinically relevant coincidence of immunodeficiency and autoimmune phenomena will be briefly discussed.ALLERGYSome exogenous structures are classified by the immune system as potentially dangerous. In this case, there is an unregulated immune response which is based on special mechanisms.In this chapter we talk about the symptoms, clinical presentation and different manifestations of allergies. We also illuminate the molecular background of allergic reactions.
Single-choice questionsOverview questions
Lectures with Powerpoint, Flipchart, Whiteboard
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 with powerpoint presentation, Use of various biomaterials as examples during the lecture
Semester datesWinter semester: 10th September 2018 to 1st February 2019Summer semester: 18th February 2019 to 12th July 2019
Number of teaching weeks18 per semester
TimesMon. to Fri. all day; some vocational subjects also held on Sat
Language of instructionGerman
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.
Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.
The following compulsory subjects of the university entrance qualification for university courses of study are recognized, in addition to an essay on a general topic (D) in accordance with the Act on University Entrance Qualifications (StudBerG) as a prerequisite for admission to this degree program: > Biology Level 1 > Chemistry Level 2 > Mathematics Level 2 or Physics Level 1 University entrance qualification examinations for one of the following university courses of study are recognized as an admission requirement. They were selected based on the subjects defined by the University of Vienna and the university entrance qualification examinations: > Natural Sciences: Biology > Chemistry > Nutritional Sciences > Pharmacy > UF Biology and Environmental Science
You have professional qualifications in the vocational field of "chemistry laboratory assistant and biology technician" (applies for Germany and Switzerland).
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 1:3
To apply you will require the following documents:
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, either by mail or by scanned per e-mail.Please note that the earliest that you will receive an invitation to the admission procedure will be after the application deadline. If documents are still missing at the end of the application deadline (for example certificates), you will not be invited to the test and interview.
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
The selection process consists of a written test and an interview with the selection committee.
The aim is to ensure places are offered to those persons who complete the multi-level selection process with the best results. The tests are designed to assess the skills needed for an applicant's chosen profession.
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. If you successfully pass the written selection exam at the FH Campus Wien main campus located at Favorietenstraße 226, 1100 Vienna, you will be invited to the second part of the selection process at the Campus Vienna Biocenter. An average of 120 applicants are invited to this phase of the selection process. In the second phase of the selection process you will undergo a selection interview to provide a first impression of your personal aptitude. The qualities interviewers are looking for include motivation, performance, problem-solving, a capacity for careful consideration and an understanding of the profession.
The criteria for acceptance are based solely on performance.The geographical origin of the applicant has no influence on the selection decision.The admission requirements must be met in all cases. Applicants are evaluated according to the following weighting system: > Selection test 60% > Selection interview 40% The selection 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 selection process are documented in a transparent and verifiable manner.
Head of Department Applied Life Sciences, Head of Degree Program Molecular Biotechnology T: +43 1 606 68 77-3501 email@example.com
Information: Application and AdmissionMag.a Janina Agis-BleiT: +43 1 606 68 77-3505 firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Staff, "Stadt Wien" Endowed Professorship for Cell-Based Test Systems
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!