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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Principal Subject in Molecular Genetics 2

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 1 And Block 3
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Christian Holmberg (5-7479807d7e51737a803f7c863f757c)
  • Department of Biology
Course number: NBIA09015U

Course content

Second of three modules of project work on Molecular Genetics.
Students complete three modules of one subject-line by following three blocks.

The principal subject in molecular genetics deals with research that is based on phenotype/genotype relations in model organism and in humans, e.g. mutations that confer disease. Recent topics have been genome stability, cancer development, DNA replication and transcription regulation. The colloquia are based on original research articles presented by a student and followed by a discussion of the topic. The principal subject in molecular genetics provides the student with a solid base for doing molecular biology research with the inclusion of powerful genetic methodologies.

Learning outcome


The student will have obtained knowledge of specific research areas (differing from module to module and from block to block) including different experimental and theoretical approaches.


Based on original research literature, the student will be able to explain, evaluate and critically analyse the results, the methods used and the conclusions drawn and compare with other relevant literature. In addition, they will be able to present and explain the background literature for peers.


In addition to the goals specified for module 1, the student will be able to present the results of original research articles to fellow students so that they understand the problems analysed and the value and impact of the presented article and satisfactorily answer questions from fellow students. The student will also be able to deal with conflicting results and conclusions in scientific literature and to search and find literature necessary for understanding the background for problems and experiments in the presented paper and explain these background questions to fellow students.

The student will, with the completion of all three modules, be capable of understanding the basis for specific conclusions in a field and will therefore understand the consequences of technical or experimental future developments when they occur.


The teaching is open to MSc-students of biochemistry. Other MSc-students may be admitted, but priority will be given to MSc-students in biochemistry. Only one of the principal subjects (Immunology, Molecular Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Microbiology or Protein Chemistry) can be chosen. All modules (1, 2 and 3) must be within the same principal subject. It is mandatory for MSc-students of biochemistry to follow one of the principal subjects.

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MSc Programme in Biochemistry


Study Board of Biomolecular Sciences and Technology

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

The teaching takes the form of student colloquia and discussions based on reading of original research articles and data.


30 (Module 1 and Module 2 together)




See Absalon.


Category Hours
Preparation 178
Colloquia 28
English 206


Type of assessment

Continuous assessment
The course module 2 is approved/not approved by the teachers on the basis of active participation. The criterion for active participation in module 2 is
1) that the student has satisfactorily presented at least two seminars to fellow students during the course and 2) has participated actively with relevant questions/comments in at least 7 of the 9 sessions.

Marking scale

passed/not passed

Criteria for exam assessment

Active participation. See under "Type of assessment".

Censorship form

No external censorship
One internal examiner


If the student is eligible for evaluation but has not fulfilled the requirements for active participation, the student can present a seminar of 45 minutes in a subject decided by the teacher.

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