Course code BIO121

BIO121 Introduction to Genetics - Practice

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Course responsible: Hilde-Gunn Opsahl Hoen-Sorteberg
Teachers: Sylvia Sagen Johnsen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Plant Sciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
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/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/></p>
First time: 2006H
Preferential right:
Course contents:

The exercises include demonstrations, calculations, lab exercises and are intended to give the students practice in conducting basic genetic analysis and first-hand experience in central techniques in molecular biology.

Learning outcome:
The students will get training in the basic genetic analyses and laboratory work that is conducted within genetics/molecular biology. The students are also to understand the theoretical principles behind the experiments/exercises.
Learning activities:

In addition to exercises, there will be calculations, review of exercises and lab work.

Teaching support:

Supervised exercises. Teacher is available at designated hours, announced on the course website.


The exercises, mostly from the textbook used in BIO120: Klug, Cummings, Spencer and Palladino: Essentials of Genetics, 7.ed., 2010, Pearson/Prentice Hall. In addition a Lab booklet.


General chemistry equivalent to KJM100. The students need to have completed BIO120 or take BIO120 concurrently with BIO121.

Recommended prerequisites:

Previous knowledge of cell biology (BIO100) and microbiology (BIO130) recommended.

Mandatory activity:

Attendance (at least 90%) at excercise classes is compulsory.


Approved lab journal from the molecular genetics lab, and 2 sets of calculation assignments approved. Both parts must be passed. 90% attendance at exercises is compulsory.

Nominal workload:

Exercises: 3 hours per week for 9 weeks (27 hours), self-study: 123 hours.

Entrance requirements:

Special requirements in Science

Reduction of credits:
Type of course:

Exercises: 3 hours per week for 9 weeks, 27 hours in total.


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

Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått