Syllabus for Trends in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Trender i molekylärbiologi och bioteknik

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG396
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology A1N, Applied Biotechnology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2012-03-08
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2012
  • Entry requirements:

    150 credits including alt 1) 60 credits biology and 30 credits chemistry or 30 credits earth sciences. alt 2) 90 credits biology.

  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to

  • analyse and address scientific questions in molecular biology and biotechnology
  • demonstrate an insight in current research and understand and evaluate techniques used in
  • scientific articles
  • implement standard techniques used in molecular and cell biology and
  • apply "Good Laboratory Practice"
  • communicate efficiently in a team, prepare and give a scientific presentation, and organise
  • work according to an agreed time plan.

In the course, an introduction to Master's studies is included. After passing this module, the

student should be able to

  • demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development, including questions

    of plagiarism

  • demonstrate insight into the potential and limitations of biology and its role in society
  • demonstrate an ability to identify his/her need of further knowledge.


Advanced knowledge of DNA and chromosomes. DNA-replication, recombination and repair. RNA transcription. Protein synthesis. Regulation of gene expression. Comparing these systems in bacteria and eukaryotes. Protein structure and function. Protein folding and degradation. Ahlzheimer's and prion diseases. Cells components. Protein sorting and transport. Application to molecular biology research and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).


The teaching will be given in the form of lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, and project work.


The following requirements apply to pass the modules:

For the theory module (5 credits) passing a written examination and active participation in seminars are required.

For the research affiliation module (6 credits) passing a written examination as well as completed lab reports and active participation in seminars are required

For passing the group project module (2 credits) oral seminar presentation in group is required.

For the introduction to the Master's studies (2 credits) active participation in seminars, written report and study planning will be required.

Other directives

The course has students from various backgrounds, and teaching will partially be given with individual approach.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2012

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Watson, James D. Molecular biology of the gene

    6. ed.: San Francisco, Calif.: Benjamin Cummings, 2008

    Find in the library


Last modified: 2022-04-26