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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Thematic Course: Experimental Molecular Biology II

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 2
Programme level Bachelor
Course responsibles
  • Meike Burow (3-73687b4676726b7434717b346a71)
  • Yumiko Sakuragi (3-7f79674676726b7434717b346a71)
  • Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Food and Resource Economics
  • Department of Large Animal Sciences
  • Department of Veterinary Disease Biology
Course number: NPLB15009U

Course content

Building on the “Thematic Course: Experimental Molecular Biology I”, the course offers the opportunity to apply standard techniques relevant to molecular biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry and physiology to a research project. In addition to an introduction project management and experimental design, the course covers concepts and IT tools important for scientific writing and poster presentation.

In small groups, the students will plan and carry out a project, which allows them to gain additional practical experience with basic and advanced experimental methods in molecular biology depending on the project. Together with their supervisors, the students will critically interpret their data, analyze the project with regard to philosophy of science and ethics, write a scientific report and prepare a poster.

Learning outcome

The course mainly aims at extending the students’ practical experience and theoretical knowledge of basic principles and methods in experimental molecular biology and of general concepts of ethics and philosophy of science within the field.


After completing the course the students should be able to:


  • Compare principles of analytical methods used in molecular biology research.
  • Explain how these principles and methods can be exploited in research projects to answer scientific questions.
  • Understand the basic idea of how to plan and carry out project-oriented experimental work from problem definition to final report.
  • Describe selected aspects of a scientific project that are related to ethics and philosophy of science.



  • Plan and carry out a project in the field of biotechnology combining general methods in molecular biology.
  • Formulate scientific hypotheses and choose appropriate methods to test them.
  • Analyse, interpret and conclude from results acquired in the laboratory.
  • Search, assess and exploit results and knowledge from relevant scientific sources incl. cite correctly and generate a correct list of references.
  • Summarise and present scientific concepts and own research results to fellow scientists through written and oral communications.
  • Interpret and discuss research (incl. own experimental data) in the context of theoretical and ethical principles.
  • Use e.g IT tools in creative processes in the context of project management and presentation.



  • Work independently as well as together with other students and supervisors to plan and carry a scientific project.
  • Transfer practical experience and theoretical knowledge to implementation of new targeted.
  • analyses.
  • Reflect upon the empiric basis of research within the field of biotechnology and understand and contribute to broader ethical and societal discussions on the use of biotechnology.

Recommended prerequisites

Thematic Course: Experimental Molecular Biology íncluding acceptance of five out of seven lab reports.

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BSc Programme in Biology-Biotechnology


Study Board of Biomolecular Sciences and Technology

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


The project work is primarily planned together with the project supervisor.
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Teaching and learning methods

The course comprises research projects carried out in groups in different research groups across different departments. The 3-5 students in a group prepare a written project report describing the research area, the methods which have been used, the results obtained, discussion, and scientific conclusions. The research area and the experimental work are moreover discussed in the context of ethics and philosophy of science in the report. To strengthen the oral communication skills, the students prepare a poster and present the results of their research in a half-day workshop with poster presentations.


All for whom this is a mandatory course will be admitted. Students outside the program may be admitted if there is room for additional participants.




Category Hours
Project work 411,5
Exam 0,5
English 412,0


Type of assessment

Oral examination, 20 min.
Project groups submit one report and generate one poster per project. Questions for the individual oral exam cover the content of the project reports as well as methods and concepts covered during the "Thematic Course: Experimental Molecular Biology I".


All aids allowed

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

Questions for the individual oral exam cover the content of the project reports as well as methods and concepts covered during the “Thematic Course: Experimental Molecular Biology I”.

Censorship form

External censorship


Reexamination is an oral examination, 30 min.

An individual report has to be handed in 2 weeks before signing up for exam, if the requirements for the exam are not met.

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