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Introduction to Molecular Biology

Semester of Instruction

Spring

Objectives and Content

This course gives an overview of modern molecular biology with emphasis on chemical, genetic and evolutionary aspects of biological processes. An introduction to the following topics will be given: structure and organization of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, model organisms, genetics, biomolecules, protein structure, enzymology, metabolism, bioenergy, photosynthesis, replication, transcription, translation, nutrition, disease and health, biotechnology and methods applies in molecular biology. The focus is on the key principles of molecular biology and processes that different organisms share.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

The student

  • can describe the most commonly used model organisms in molecular biology research
  •  can explain key concepts and ideas in molecular biology
  • can explain the composition of essential structures found in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and describe their functions
  • can describe in a simple way the structure of different types of macromolecules and explain their function
  • can explain in a simple way how DNA, RNA and proteins are being synthesized and describe how gene expression is regulated in cells
  • can describe how the cells use and generate energy
  • can describe in a simple way the principles behind basic methods in molecular biology and cell biology

Skills:

The student

  • can apply key concepts and ideas in molecular biology
  • can analyze and interpret simple experiments in cell- and molecular biology

 

General competance:

The student

  • can communicate knowledge in basic cell- and molecular biology
  • can reflect on ethical issues raised by molecular biology research

Recommended Previous Knowledge

KJEM100 or/and KJEM110

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

2 mandatory colloquia.

Obligatory activities are valid for total six semesters.

Forms of Assessment

Written exam (3 h) and 2 written midterm evaluations. Exam counts 80 % and midterm evaluations 10 % each of final grade.

The written exam and the two midterm evaluations must be completed and compulsory activity approved, to obtain a grade in the teaching semester.

For a semester without teaching, the student may take the final exam if compulsory activity is approved. The result of this exam will constitute the final grade.

Examination support materials: Non

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Subject Overlap

MOL101: 5 sp.

Contact

Contact Information

Department og Biological Sciences, e-mail: studie@bio.uib.no

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    Date
    04.06.2018, 09:00
    Duration
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    21.05.2018
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam
    • Exam part: Deleksamen 1

      Examination system
      Inspera
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Deleksamen 2

      Examination system
      Inspera
      Digital exam