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:
  • Revised: 2021-10-20
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    150 credits including 30 crecits in biologi och 30 credits in chemistry. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate deep understanding in the molecular mechanisms and the governing principles of the processes of central dogma and related cellular processes
  • discuss and analyze scientific questions related to molecular biology and biotechnology by reviewing recent scientific literature
  • learn and implement the techniques used in molecular biology and apply "Good Laboratory Practice"
  • communicate efficiently in a team, prepare and deliver a scientific presentation, and organize study 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 and equal opportunities/equal treatment

  • 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. Students who do not participate in Introduction to Master Studies, which runs as a seminar series during the entire course, takes part in a shorter seminar series ended with a written report. Participation in seminars, laboratory sessions, and project work is mandatory.


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 Master's Studies (2 credits) active participation in seminars, written report and study planning will be required. Alternative Master's Introduction requires active participation in seminars and a written report (2 credits).

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.

Other directives

The course has students from various backgrounds, and teaching will partially be given with individual approach. The course can not at the same time be included with 1BG043 Trends in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology L.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Molecular biology of the gene Watson, James D.; Baker, Tania A.; Gann, Alexander; Levine, Michael; Losik, Richard

    San Francisco, CA: Pearson/Benjamin, cop. 2014

    Find in the library


Last modified: 2022-04-26