Genetic Engineering

Course Information
TitleΓενετική Μηχανική / Genetic Engineering
SchoolChemical Engineering
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID20002628

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos CΗīmikṓn Mīchanikṓn (2021-sīmera)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesSpring-5

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
The course intends to introduce chemical engineering students to contemporary biotechnology with emphasis on biomaterials. Tha latter family of materials constitutes a significant part of research and technology at the international level. The class targets the comprehension of basic principles of the science of materials and engineering processes involved in synthetic materials and material products of engineering processes.
Learning Outcomes
This course will provide students with recent knowledge of genetic engineering. At the end of the course, students will be able to • understand and critically explain the concept of genetic engineering, including chemical and molecular biological techniques, applications and limitations • have knowledge (theoretical and experimental) of technological tools (including computational models) and strategies used in genetic engineering • understand applications of recombinant DNA technology and genetic engineering. from academic and industrial perspective • demonstrate the ability to design recombinant biomolecules and apply information extracted from a variety of sources including journal articles, technical bulletins, product manuals, and drug information sheet to solve problems. • apply acquired knowledge in problem solving, in practice to their future research and be in a position to delve into issues related to industrial problems linked to contemporary (bio)chemical engineering, and biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The theoretical part of the course includes the following: • Building blocks of living organisms in the presence and absence of metal ions • Inorganic cellular metabolism and need for gene regulation • Metal-ion metabolism in bacteria, metal ion metabolism in animals • Processes in living beings, genetic changes in plants and animals • Genetic engineering in modern science, genetic engineering and technology • Reactor biological engineering, metabolic pathways, bio-materials (applications in pharmacy, medicine and environmental engineering) The experimental part of the course includes the following experiments: 1. Cultures of aerobic bacteria of the species Escherichia coli, coating bacterial cells on plates 2. Bacterial culture E. coli small scale DNA isolation 3. Digestion of DNA using restriction enzymes 4. Preparation and maintenance of competent cells (competent cells) 5. Cell transformation in E. coli 6. Bioinformatics 7. Determination of the concentration of cells (hemocytometer) 8. Design of primers for sequencing and amplification by PCR (primer design)
Genetic engineering, (bio)tecnology, genetic material, DNA, RNA, bioethics, biotesting
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
During class recitations the following Information Technology and Communications means are employed: 1. Personal PCs and University Servers 2. Scientific videos For student communication the following media are employed: 1. E-mail 2.Phone communication 3. Skype During Lab Experimental Sessions the following media are employed: 1. Personal PCs and University Servers 2. Scientific videos 3.Internet searches
Course Organization
Laboratory Work39
Reading Assigment23
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities8
Written assigments20
Student Assessment
The fundamental criteria for student performance evaluation are listed in the following Web Site:
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Homework sets (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Προτεινόμενα Βιβλία 1. Metal ions in gene regulation, Simon Silver and William Walden, Chapman and Hall, International Thomson Publishing, New York, 1998. 2. Genetic Engineering, A primer, Walter E. Hill, Taylor and Francis, London and New York, 2002. 3. Βιοχημεία Ι και ΙΙ, Lubert Stryer, Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, 1995. 4. Bioinorganic Chemistry: Inorganic Elements in the Chemistry of Life, An Introduction and Guide, Wolfgang Kaim and Brigitte Schwederski, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd, New York 1991. 5. Γενική Χημεία, D. D. Ebbing and S. D. Gammon, Εκδοτικός Οίκος Τραυλός, Αθήνα 2002 6. Ανόργανη Χημεία, Αρχές και Εφαρμογές, I. S. Butler and J. F. Harrod, Εκδόσεις Κωσταράκη, Αθήνα, 1994. 7. Ανόργανη Χημεία, Αρχές Δομής και Δραστικότητας, Απόδοση στην Ελληνική γλώσσα Ν. Χατζηλιάδης, Θ. Καμπανός, Σ. Περλεπές-, James E. Huheey, Τρίτη Έκδοση, Εκδόσεις ΙΩΝ, 1993
Additional bibliography for study
Περιοδικά που συνιστώνται να παρακολουθούνται στην βιβλιοθήκη και την ηλεκτρονική βάση Heal Link 1. Journal of Biological Chemistry 2. Cell 3. Nature Biology 4. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, U.S.A. 5. Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) 6. Journal of Biochemistry 7. Science 8. Journal of the American Medical Associations (JAMA) 9. Journal of Nucleic Acids Research 10. Trends in Biological Sciences 11. Journal of Cancer Research 12. Biochemical Journal 13. Journal of Human Genetics
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