Course code BIO200

BIO200 Molecular Genetics in Eukaryotes

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Course responsible: Thomas Nelson Harvey
Teachers: Matthew Peter Kent, Morten Lillemo
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in January block. This course has teaching/evaluation in January block, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2013-2014
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Genes and genomes; structure and function in plants and animals. Key methods in gene and genome analysis. Practical use of this methodology in plant, animal and aquaculture production. Societal and ethical issues related to these technology applications. Lectures on key parts of the teaching goal are giving during the first part of the course. In addition, the students work with a term project. During the last part of the course, the students present the term project for the class and teacher.
Learning outcome:

A candidate who has completed the course is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


Can present and explain the basic organization and function of genes and genomes in eukaryotes.

Can explain key methods for detection of specific DNA sequences and DNA sequencing.

Can explain basic mechanisms like DNA-replication, gene expression and epigenetic regulation.

Can provide a basic explanation of methods for linking genotypes with phenotypes.

Can provide examples and explain use of this knowledge in plant, animal and aquaculture production.

Can identify and reflect on key societal and ethical questions raised by this technology.


Students can present and explain papers in genomics that are not too complex.

Students can work independently and in groups to gain new knowledge.

Students can search for and evaluate different sources of scientific information.

General competence

Can present and argue for own viewpoint in scientific discussions.

Learning activities:
Lectures, group work, self-tuition, term project and presentation for class.
Teaching support:
The syllabus will be presented on the Canvas pages before the course starts.
Recommended prerequisites:
BIO120 and BIO130
Mandatory activity:
Approved project report, including an oral presentation.
The final exam is a multiple choice test. The project report must be approved before the exam can be completed.
Nominal workload:
125 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Week 2-4: approx. 20 hours per week.
We do not recommend BIO200 for students who have not completed BIO120.
The course responsible communicates with censor about course structure. Censor will be involved in planning the exam questions.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Written exam: Letter grades