546-0509/02 – Basics of Biotechnology (ZBT)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Environmental EngineeringCredits3
Subject guarantordoc. Mgr. Hana Vojtková, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Mgr. Hana Vojtková, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
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VOJ195 doc. Mgr. Hana Vojtková, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Graded credit 1+1
Part-time Graded credit 3+3

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Target competence on the basis of new knowledge and its application in problem solving, observation, experiments and communication: - to perceive biotechnology as an open scientific discipline, to learn about the current directions of its development focusing on state-of-the-art industrial biotechnologies, waste processing and environmental biotechnology - to apply the gained knowledge in dealing with practical tasks in seminars, to consider the consequences of a phenomenon from the environmental, health as well as economic points of view and to justify the significance of new biotechnological information for the society - ability of independent solution of set tasks, to observe and objectively record experiment results, to document observation in the form of diagrams and charts with legends, to adhere to safety regulations when working with biological material and technical instruments - ability to work with technical texts, to master specialist terminology, to synthetically evaluate data acquired in dealing with tasks in seminars, to defend an opinion of a biological problem solution in a discussion

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs


The objective of the course is to introduce students to a field dealing with an issue of biotechnology and its applications in modern industry, in processing of mineral resources and waste. The course offers information on the production of biologically active substances which, in particular, assert themselves in the environmental protection in the biotechnological manner. Some lectures are dedicated to an explanation of cell’s genome complexity as an introduction to understanding modern biotechnological methods making use of gene manipulation on a cellular level. Lectures are complemented by seminars in a laboratory which focus on examinations of cell’s morphology and physiology in biotechnologically active organisms.

Compulsory literature:

FEČKO, P., M. KUŠNIEROVÁ, V. ČABLÍK a I. PEČTOVÁ. Environmental Biotechnology. Ostrava: VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava, 2006. 182 s. ISBN 80-248-1090-5 FLYNNE, W. G. Biotechnology and bioengineering. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2008. ISBN 978-1-60456-067-1

Recommended literature:

GLAZER, A. N. a H. NIKAIDO. Microbial Biotechnology: Fundamentals of Applied Mikrobiology. 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xvii, 554 s. ISBN 978-0-521-84210-5

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Continuous check of the study is conducted in the form of a discussion on the lectured issue, practical skills are continuously monitored during work at the tutorials; regular tasks from the tutorials extend the theoretical training for experimental work. Studying the subject is completed by an classified credit.


Other requirements

- regular participation in the seminars - completion of the records and set tasks


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction to biotechnology studies - definition and division of biotechnology, historical overview of significant discoveries and technologies, applied biotechnology 2. Special biotechnology – cell and microbial biotechnology. Tissue culture, biomass production, fermentation technology, protein and enzyme engineering 3. Special biotechnology – fundamentals of plant biotechnology. Genetic modifications of plants and their practical use 4. Special biotechnology – basics of animal biotechnology. New directions in livestock breeding, transgenic animals, xenografting, animal pharming 5. Special biotechnology – foundations of industrial biotechnologies. Development of bioprocessing techniques, enzyme engineering 6. Biotechnology in modern mining and treatment of minerals and wastes, biodegradation, bioremediation 7. Further trends in modern biotechnology – application of biotechnology in industry, development of new materials, modern biotechnology in environmental protection

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
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Graded credit Graded credit 100  51
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2019/2020 (B2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904R005) Environmental Engineering P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (B2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904R005) Environmental Engineering K Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan

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