Syllabus for Functional Genomics


A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG322
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology A1F, Technology A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2015-06-04
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2016
  • Entry requirements:

    150 credits complete courses including alternative 1) 60 credits biology and 30 credits chemistry; alternative 2) chemistry 60 credits including Biochemistry 15 credits and biology 30 credits including Molecular Genetics 15 credits, and in both cases one of the courses Microbial Genetics or Molecular Cell Biology, Genome sequence data, or Plant Growth and Development.

  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to provide practical and theoretical skills concerning classical as well as new large-scale and technology-driven approaches in molecular biology, and to discuss and evaluate when and how these methods are best put into use.

After completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • describe and differentiate between large-scale analyses at different levels, including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics and systems biology
  • describe and understand when to use a broad spectrum of functional genomics methods, and be updated on current technical developments within the genomics and functional genomics fields
  • suggest and outline solutions to theoretical and experimental problems within the genomics and functional genomics fields, using classical as well as new techniques
  • plan and carry out a small functional genomics project, both theoretically and experimentally
  • handle and analyse large-scale experimental datasets, and present results and interpretations in a scientifically stringent manner
  • critically examine research reports and publications dealing with genomics and functional genomics, and be able to suggest alternative interpretations and salient follow-up experiments
  • identify and discuss ethical aspects of genetics/genomics.


The course provides a comprehensive view on current methods that can be used to investigate genomes and gene function, ranging from classical genetics to the latest high-throughput methods. Attention is given to experimental design and how to choose between available methods. Topics include genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and systems biology, as well as use of model organisms, methods for gene disruption, and discussions of gene ethics. Current examples of the application and development of functional genomics technology within biotech industry are included in the course as well.


The teaching is provided as lectures, literature project, experimental work and site visits. Integrated communication training with feedback and self evaluation are integral parts of the course.


Modules: Theory 8 credits; Laboratory session 5 credits; Literature project 2 credits

The theory part is examined through a written examination and seminars. The module experimental work requires implemented laboratory sessions and written laboratory reports followed up with oral presentations. The module literature project is presented as a written abstract and as an oral presentation.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2016

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Recommended, not mandatory

Introduction to genomics / Arthur M. Lesk Lesk, Arthur M. (author) ISBN 978-0-19-956435-4) Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, cop. 2011. Second Edition. , 424 p.

Last modified: 2022-04-26