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Practical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Semester of Instruction

Autumn. Limited capacity.

Objectives and Content

Objectives and Content

The course is experiment-oriented and includes selected basic methods in physical biochemistry, biochemical analysis and separation methods, gene technology, immunology and microscopy. The course includes exercises in spectrophotometry, chromatography, enzymology, electrophoresis, isolation of biological macromolecules, in situ hybridisation, immunological detection methods and other important methods in gene technology. Work with different biological systems will be emphasised. Organisation of the laboratory work and combining use of different methods for analysis of specific issues will be important. Safety in the laboratory environment and journal writing will also be covered. MOL300 is compulsory for the Master's Programme in Molecular Biology.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

The student

  • can explain the theories underlying both basic and some advanced methods in biochemistry and molecular biology
  • can explain advantages and disadvantages of the most important methods in biochemistry and molecular biology
  • can work with DNA, RNA and proteins
  • is familiar with the appropriate laboratory safety regulations both with regard to personal and environmental aspects.

Skills:

The student

  • can use a broad range of both basic and some advanced methods in biochemistry and molecular biology (including chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy, enzyme kinetics, molecular cloning, cell culture work and microscopy)
  • can examine, assess, interpret and communicate data acquired from laboratory experiments related to biochemistry and molecular biology
  • can keep a detailed and accurate laboratory journal

General competence:

The student

  • can do experimental work related to biochemistry and molecular biology without detailed instruction and supervision.

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree or equivalent, including knowledge in molecular biology. The course is compulsory for master students in molecular biology. The students who are enrolled in the MSc program of molecular biology are automatically registered. All others should first contact the study section of the department of molecular biology.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree or equivalent, including knowledge molecular biology.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Lectures, laboratory work, journal and report. The attendance and the participation in all activities including the

first day meeting are compulsory.

Forms of Assessment

Approved lab-journal and written report (30 %). Written exam 5 hours (70 %).

Examination support materials: Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations

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

MOL302 15sp

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Lab report and written exam

    Date
    19.12.2017
    Duration
    5 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    05.12.2017
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam