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Undergraduate course

Gene structure, function and applications

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeMOL103
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study

Undergraduate course

Teaching semester


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 33 for the autumn semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section (<email>studie.bio@uib.no</email>). The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content


The course gives a detailed understanding of molecular structures, functions and applications of the genetic material in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Introduction to bioethics.


This course deals with the structure of DNA, RNA and chromatin and how maintenance of the genome through replication, repair and recombination occurs, as well as genome expression through gene regulation, transcription, RNA splicing and translation. Furthermore, gene technology methods and applications of genetic analyses will be explored. Bioethics will be dicussed.

Learning Outcomes

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 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 explain applications of genetic engineering, genetic analyses and biotechnology.
  • can explain basic principles of immunology and vaccinology
  • can reflect on ethical issues raised by molecular biology research and application


The student

  • 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
  • can communicate knowlegde of basic principles within immunology and vaccinology
  • adress ethical issues using genetic engineering and application

General competence

The student

  • Can communicate about gene structure, function, regulation and application
  • Can reflect on ethical issues using genetic engineering

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

MOL203; 0sp

Access to the Course

In order to be admitted to the course, you must be admitted to a study programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and fulfill required previous knowledge.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is given as lectures and colloquium.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Two mandatory colloquia.

Compulsory assignments and attendance must be approved before exam can be taken.

The first lecture/ orientation meeting is mandatory

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


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.

Assessment Semester

Ordinary exam every semester

Reading List

The reading list will be available June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The students will evaluate the eaching in line with UiB and thedepartment's quality assurance system.

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: Skriftlig skoleeksamen

    14.02.2023, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam