Course code BIO120

BIO120 Introduction to Genetics

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Course responsible: Hilde-Gunn Opsahl Hoen-Sorteberg
Teachers: Siri Fjellheim, Aasmund Bjørnstad, Odd Arne Rognli, Yeon Kyeong Lee
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Plant Sciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: <p>Annually</p><p><br/><br/></p>
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Course contents:

The following topics will be covered: Mitosis and Meiosis Mendelian Genetics Modification of Mendelian Ratios Chromosome Mutations: Variation in Number and Arrangement Linkage and Chromosome Mapping in Eukaryotes DNA Structure and Analysis DNA Replication and Synthesis Chromosome Structure and DNA Sequence Organization The Genetic Code and Transcription Translation and Proteins Gene Mutation, DNA repair, and Transposition Recombinant DNA Technology Quantitative Genetics Population Genetics Evolutionary Genetics Conservation Genetics

Learning outcome:

The students should obtain a basic understanding of classical genetics, the structure and function of DNA, molecular genetics and evolutionary processes. The students will see where genetics fit in with biology. The course should give the students the necessary foundation for taking advanced courses in genetics, genomics and biotechnology, livestock breeding, plant breeding and medicine.

Learning activities:


Teaching support:

Supervision is given in connection with the lectures and course work, and the teachers have designated office hours for consultations. These will be announced in class and on the course website.


Selected chapters from Klug, Cummings, Spencer and Palladino: Essentials of Genetics, 8.ed., 2010, Pearson/ Prentice Hall, ISBN0321669991


General chemistry equivalent to KJM100.

Recommended prerequisites:

Previous knowledge of cell biology (BIO100) and microbiology (BIO130) recommended. The students are also recommended to take BIO121 in order to gain a practical understanding of genetics.


Theory and understanding of the concepts will be tested in a final exam of 3 hours. The final exam is a multiple choice test.

Nominal workload:

150 hours

Entrance requirements:

Special requirements in Science

Type of course:
Lectures: 40 hours. Selfstudies: 110 hours

The examiner will be involved in the planning, revision and approval of the exam questions of the course.

Allowed examination aids: Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått