Undergraduate course

Gene Structure and Function

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeMOL203
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course reviews the molecular basis of structure and physiology of prokaryote and eukaryote cells. The course deals with; structure of DNA, RNA and chromatin; maintenance of the genome through replication, repair and recombination; expression of the genome through gene regulation, transcription, RNA splicing and translation. Gene technology methods used in studies of biological mechanisms and structures will be presented. The course is obligatory in the bachelor degree in molecular biology.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, the students should be able to:

  • make use of knowledge about structure of nucleic acids to understand transfer and maintenance of genetic information
  • explain chromatin organization of DNA with emphasis to function in regulation of genes
  • combine knowledge about mechanisms in transcription, splicing and translation to explain regulation of genes
  • identify the significance of DNA damage and repair
  • able to compare molecular mechanisms in gene regulation in pro-and eukaryotic organisms

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic knowledge in molecular biology.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Basic knowledge of molecular biology (equivalent to MOL221 and MOL222), molecular cell biology (equivalent to MOL201).

Forms of Assessment

Written exam 4 hours.

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



Contact Information

Study advisor at the Departement of Molecular Biology, advice@mbi.uib.no .