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Postgraduate course

Human Molecular Genetics

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeHUMGEN301
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Note: Course will only be arranged if at least 10 students sign up for the course.

Max 30 students.

Place of Instruction

Laboratory building / BB-building, Haukeland University Hospital.

Objectives and Content

The course is aimed at giving the student a theoretical overview of basic concepts in human

molecular genetics.

The course will include activities that will familiarise the student with basic study design in human molecular genetics. The course will include discussions on modern genetics and ethical issues.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • Explain and place into context problems from human genetics
  • Explain basic concepts in genetics: mutation /polymorphisms, heredity, Mendelian genetics, complex genetics.
  • Plan and conduct simple experiments.
  • Critically interpret and evaluate the results.
  • Interpret articles in genetics of Mendelian diseases and complex diseases.

Required Previous Knowledge

Fundamental knowledge of molecular biology.

The student must also be familiar with basic concepts of molecular biology such as replication,

transcription, translation, meiosis, mitosis, gene structure (exon/intron, splicing).

The student must also be familiar with basic methods such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

and sequencing.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Basic knowledge in statistics.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The course will consist of 2 parts.

The first part will cover basic knowledge

  • Lectures to cover aspects of basic concepts (mutation and polymorphisms, Mendelian genetics, complex genetics, population genetics).
  • Learning activities for designing and carrying association studies and sequencing studies.

The second part will cover more advanced topics in human genetic research and clinical genetics

  • Lecture: clinical genetics and genetic counselling, personalized genomes.
  • Research seminars.
  • Learning activities: Ethical issues in genetics and genetic architecture of diseases.

Forms of Assessment

Exam consists of 2 parts:

1. basic knowledge acquisition tested with written exam (possibly digital),

2. litterature oral presentation. Both parts must be passed to pass the course.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

Pass/ Fail

Assessment Semester



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.

  • Type of assessment: Written and oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam
    • Exam part: Written examination

      24.03.2023, 09:00
      2 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Oral examination