Semester of Instruction
Spring. The course admits a limited number of students. The final admission to the course happens after the deadline for enrollment every semester. For more information: http://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity The course runs only if enough students enrol.
Objectives and Content
The course aims to provide students with adequate theoretical and practical knowledge sufficient to use a variety of biophysical methods on molecular biology systems. The course will provide an understanding of the physical principles underpinning the techniques, as well as describing their technology and their applications. As this is a practical course, an important goal is to give students practical training through demonstrations, laboratory exercises and data analyses, as well as providing training in presenting the data in the form of report writing.
The course will focus on CW domain, a protein domain which is actively researched at the Department of Molecular Biology and at other research institutes. The CW-domain is part of a larger enzyme that bind to histones and performs specific acetylation. It is an important protein within epigenetic studies. Four methods will be applied to the protein-domain. Thermal stability monitored by tryptophan fluorescence, Surface Plasmon Resonance for quantification of binding kinetics and binding constants, Isothermal Calorimetry for quantitating binding and solving thermodynamic parameters of the system, and finally high resolution NMR for tracking the specific amino acids involved in the binding of the ligand
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
- the structural biology and epigenetics needed to understand the system they are working with
- what that makes the CW domain and attractive scientific study
- the theoretical foundation of each technique
- what information one can get from each technique, and what their strengths and limitations are
- the technological principle that underpins each of the techniques
- the HSE requirements relevant to the practical parts of each exercises
The students can ...
- handle reagents, instruments and software well enough to solve each of the four student exercises
- present and discuss results in the form of reports and also orally in groups
- put results from individual exercises into context with each other and with existing literature
The student is able to
- design and conduct experiments within the four methods taught in the course
- write reports holding a good scientific standard
- combine methods in project design and interpretation of results, so that broader conclusions can be reached
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Structural Molecular Biology (MOL310).
MOL310 can be taken in parallel.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Laboratory exercises and demonstrations.
Forms of Assessment
Reports from laboratory exercises and demonstrations (30%) and written exam, 4 hours (70%).
Examination support materials: Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
KJEM233 (1sp), KJEM251 (1 sp)
Study advisor at the Department of Molecular Biology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Type of assessment: Lab reports and written exam
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam