Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
Completed courses worth 60 credits in biology including 1) Molecular Biology and Genetics (10 credits), or 2) Biology A: Patterns and Processes (22.5 credits) or Biology A: Patterns, Processes and Science Education (22.5 credits). In both cases students must have taken the courses Cell Biology (15 credits) and Physiology (15 credits). They must also have taken the courses The Basic Principles of Chemistry (15 credits), Organic Chemistry I (10 credits) and Biochemistry I (5 credits), and have completed 20 of the credits for these courses. The course requires practical laboratory experience in molecular biology.
After passing the course the student should be able to
describe thoroughly how gene expression is regulated in bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes
independently use and optimise molecular tools such as PCR and cloning
use some and describe several methods and strategies for deeper analysis of biological questions, e.g. gene inactivation, gene editing, fluorescent reporter genes and model organisms
describe how advanced molecular tools such as large-scale sequencing and proteomics can be used to study gene expression
describe current applications of molecular biology and genetics, within e.g. evolutionary biology and medicine
read and evaluate scientific articles and suggest follow-up experiments
describe ethical issues related to the subjects that are covered during the course
The course focuses on regulation of gene expression in bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes, and basic molecular biological and genetic methods as well as the latest large-scale methods that are used to study gene function and gene expression. The following subjects are covered during the course: epigenetics; transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression; regulatory RNA. The latest methods within analysis of gene expression, e.g. large-scale sequencing and proteomics. Applications of molecular biology and genetics in current research. Methods for further studies of gene function: inactivation of genes, reporter genes, model organisms. Experimental strategies: selection of methods to study a specific scientific problem. Theoretical and practical training in PCR, cloning, epigenetics in fission yeast and inactivation of reverse genetics in the roundworm C. elegans. Ethical questions within molecular biology and genetics.
Lectures, laboratory sessions, seminars and problem-solving exercises.
Written examination (9 credits), written and oral presentation of laboratory sessions (5 credits) as well as oral and written presentation at literature seminar (1 credit).
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.