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Project in Molecular Biology

Semester of Instruction

Autumn and spring. The course admits a limited number of students depending on available projects. We can not quarantee any students admission before the semester registration deadline.

Objectives and Content

Projects in Molecular Biology consist of performing a limited investigation in the laboratory of the advisor. At the outset the student will receive a succinct introduction to the main research project, the methods used and to the strategic choices for attacking a specific subset of problems, by studying some original research papers. The contents of a project will be defined by the student advisor, but will always include methods of great relevance for research in molecular biology. The extent of the course is defined by the credits, and should include 200-240 hours work at the laboratory, or 25-30 working days. Since MOL231 constitutes 1/3 of standard working load during one semester, the laboratory work will be done as part-time work. The duration of the course may vary depending on other courses the student chooses and the schedule of the student advisor. As a minimum, students should expect 6 weeks at the laboratory, but because of other exams and courses, the duration may be extended to 8-10 weeks. Students should be able to start the project work during the second week of the semester, so that it will finish before other exams take place. Some projects may start at alternative points of time, depending on the schedule of the student advisor.]

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

The student

  • can explain the principles behind the experiments required for his or her project work
  • is familiar with the appropriate laboratory safety regulations both with regard to personal and environmental aspects

Skills

The student

  • is able to carry out molecular biology experiments, analyze and interpret the results
  • can keep a detailed and accurate laboratory journal
  • can demonstrate communication skills in writing an presenting a poster of own results
  • reads relevant scientific literature

General competance

The student

  • has the ability to assess scientific literature needed for the task of planning and conducting a research project

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic principles in molecular biology and chemistry and experience in laboratory work in molecular biology and chemistry is required. This course should be taken during the last semesters of the bachelor degree.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

MOL100 and MOL200 (or MOL101), MOL201, MOL221, MOL222, MOL203, KJEM110, KJEM130 and KJEM131.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The course will end with a poster presentation. The labjournal must be handed in to the supervisor for comments. The journal and comments from the supervisor, should be sent to the responsible person for final evaluation. The course is evaluated as passed/failed. The course requires an accurate and updated logging of the journal. Journals will be stored by the course coordinator until after the examinations in the end of the semester and will then be given to the supervisors. The students get access to copies of the journal.

Forms of Assessment

Approval of the lab-journal and report. To pass the course all students have to present a poster. Pass/fail mark.

Grading Scale

Pass/fail mark.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Approved journal and poster

    Withdrawal deadline
    01.12.2017