Gene structure and function
Level of Study
This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 33 for the autumn semester.
Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity
You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.
The first lecture/orientation meeting is compulsory, which means you will lose your spot if you do not attend class that day. The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the "Mitt UiB" learning platform.
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course gives a detailed understanding of molecular structures and functions of the genetic material in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Introduction to bioethics and information literacy
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. Bioethics will be dicussed and the students get introduced to information literacy.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- 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 reflect on ethical issues raised by molecular biology research
- has knowlegde about how to write a scientific text
- can communicate knowledge about DNA and RNA structure and function
- has the skill to compare molecular mechanisms in gene regulation to show similarities and differences between pro- and eukaryotic organisms
- adress ethical issues using genetic engineering
- Know how to search for literature and handle references
- Knowlgde about how to write a scientific text
- Can communicate about gene structure, function and regulation
- Can reflect on ethical issues using genetic engineering
- Can search for literature and handle references
- Have knowlegde about scientific articles
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Admission to the course is limited to students with a study right at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, and must forfill the course requirements for attendance.www.uib.no/matnat/52646/studere-ved-det-matematisk-naturvitenskapelige-fakultet
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching is given as lectures, colloquium and group work.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
The first lecture/ orientation meeting is mandatory
Compulsory written assignment. Obligatory activities are valid for total six semesters.
Compulsory assignments and attendance must be approved before exam can be taken.
Forms of Assessment
Midterm exam (2h) (accounts for 30% of the final grade) and final written exam (4 h) (accounts for 70% of the final grade) The midterm exam and the final exam must be completed and compulsory activity approved, to obtain a grade in the teaching semester. For a semester without teaching, the student may take the final exam if compulsory activity is approved, the result of the exam will constitute 100% of final grade.
Examination Support Material
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
The reading list will be available June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.