Experimental Higher Model Organisms
Class lectures, student literature presentations, and practical laboratory and theoretical exercises will provide an overview of the use of biological model systems and strategies used in basic and applied research. The course includes models such as the angiosperm (flowering plant) Arabidopsis thaliana, the invertebrate model system Drosophila melanogaster (bananflue, the “fruit fly”), and the vertebrate model system Mus musculus (the mouse).
Laboratory exercises will employ a range of techniques that may include quantitative assays of gene expression, measurement of metabolite levels, dissection, immunostaining and confocal microscopy, plant tissue culture, Drosophila handling and genetics.
MSc Programme in Biochemistry
MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject
By the end of the course, students will be expected to have the
following knowledge, skills and competences:
Knowledge of: the advantages of different model organisms for different scientific investigative approaches; the areas of biological investigation encountered during the program in the assigned reading, lectures, seminar presentations, and written reports; and the general techniques used.
- Understand and explain developments in the fields presented by the teachers;
- Describe in detail the methodologies used in these fields;
- Explain and exemplify the technologies used in these fields;
- Present assigned primary literature (i.e., peer-reviewed journal articles);
- Consult literature and databases to complete the assigned written work;
- Be able to give a detailed description of and evaluate the exercises presented during the course.
- Discuss and criticize research articles orally and in writing
- Interpret various types of experimental data introduced in the course
- Discuss interdisciplinary aspects of the research covered in the course
- Propose experiments to test models and questions raised in research on model organisms.
Instructors will give introductory lectures and assign background reading and literature presentations for their class segment. Through these lectures, informal discussion, reading and presentation of literature, and laboratory exercises, students will learn about the featured model systems, the specific biological problems that will be investigated in lab, and other appropriate, interesting material.
General Molecular Biology/Almen molekylærbiologi or an
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written examination, 3 hours under invigilation
- Type of assessment details
- The course has been selected for ITX exam
See important information about ITX-exams at Study Information, menu point: Exams -> Exam types and rules -> Written on-site exams (ITX)
- All aids allowed
As the exam is an ITX-exam, the University will make computers available to students at the exam. Students are therefore not permitted to bring their own computers, tablets, or mobile phones.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Criteria for exam assessment
See Learning outcome.
Single subject courses (day)
- Class Instruction
- Theory exercises
- Project work
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 2
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board for the Biological Area
- Department of Biology
- Faculty of Science
- Kim Rewitz (10-6d6b6f307467796b767c42646b71306d7730666d)
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