Undergraduate course

Gene Structure and Function

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

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content


The course gives a detailed understanding of molecular structure and function of the genetic material in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.


This course deals with the structure of DNA, RNA and chromatin and how maintenance of the genome through replication, repair and recombination occurs. In addition, focus is on genome expression through gene regulation, transcription, RNA splicing and translation. Gene technology methods used in studies of biological mechanisms and structures will be presented.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • can explain DNA structure and topology, RNA structure, chromatin organization and modification with emphasis on function in gene regulation.
  • can explain in detail about replication, transcription and translation
  • can explain recombination and how DNA damage is created, recognized and repaired
  • can explain in detail about molecular mechanisms in gene regulation at all levels
  • can compare molecular mechanisms in gene regulation in pro-and eukaryotic organisms
  • can update his/her knowledge in molecular biology
  • can reflect on ethical issues raised by molecular biology research


The student

  • can communicate knowledge about chromatin and gene regulation
  • has the skill to compare molecular mechanisms in gene regulation to show similarities and differences between pro- and eukaryotic organisms
  • reads, discusses and communicates relevant scientific literature

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

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

    19.02.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam