Bioresources and Sustainable Development


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

It is recommendable that students following the project in Bioresources and sustainable development also follow the course in Bioressurces and biorefineries on 2nd semester.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • account for world resources available for biological treatment and upgrading
  • account for microbial, plant and metazoan resources employed by bioprocess technology
  • account for available physical-chemical, enzymatic, and biological processes that are used to treat, reform and upgrade waste as well as high-value resources
  • account for biological products of modern day’s bioprocess technology and the sustainability of their production and utilization


  • Select and employ appropriate analyses for the characterization of relevant components and compounds in biomass and other types of ressources, considering the subsequent valorization by biotechnology
  • design and perform experiments to evaluate the potential of a specific biomass as well as other resources available for bioprocessing
  • evaluate the sustainability of technical processes, their role and potential in a circular bioeconomy for the green transition, and how technologies are related to the UN SDG goals
  • write an electronic project report following the standards of the field of study, include relevant original scientific literature, use the correct terminology, and communicate the research-based foundation and problem and results in writing, graphically and orally in a professionally reasoned and coherent way
  • use relevant software to present, analyze and visualize theories, hypotheses and data in writing as well as orally
  • assess and select relevant original scientific literature and current scientific methods, models and other tools used in the project and asses the problem of the project and results in relevant scientific and social contexts


  • devise appropriate process schemes including pre-treatment process, fermentation, purification, and down-stream processing for treatment, refining and upgrading of biomass and other resources, and evaluate their sustainability  potential
  • handle the planning, implementation and management of complex and unpredictable research and/or developmental tasks and take professional responsibility to implement academic assignments and interdisciplinary collaborations
  • take responsibility for own professional development and specialization

Type of instruction

Project work

Extent and expected workload

450 hours


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • An approved PBL competency profile is a prerequisite for participation in the project exam


Name of examBioresources and Sustainable Development
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleBioressourcer og bæredygtig udvikling
Module codeK-BT-K2-39
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Biotechnology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science