Plant Molecular Biology (PlantMolBiol)

Course content

Lectures and seminars cover:

  • reproductive and vegetative development
  • genome analysis and gene regulation
  • light and hormone signaling
  • environmental stress & disease
  • applied plant biotechnology

Laboratory exercises cover:

  • plant development, anatomy and mutants
  • transgenics and genotyping
  • gene cloning
  • DNA and protein bioinformatics and model organism genome databasing
  • protein expression

BSc Programme in Biology

Learning outcome

By attending this course the student will achieve:

By the end of the course, students are expected to have knowledge of the aspects of plant molecular biology that are included in the curriculum
covered by assigned reading, lectures, seminar presentations and laboratory exercises (see Absalon). Thus, students will be expected to know, among other things, about:

  • reproductive and vegetative development
  • genome analysis and gene regulation
  • light and hormone signaling
  • environmental stress & disease
  • applied plant biotechnology
  • transgenics
  • gene cloning and mapping
  • DNA and protein bioinformatics

Students are expected to develop the following skills:

  • Explain the development and anatomy of the model plant Arabidopsis
  • Explain the uses of other model plants and crops
  • Explain how plants assimilate and transport nutrients
  • Explain the occurrence, effects and agricultural uses of the plant hormones (auxin, cytokinin, brassinosteroid, and jasmonic, salicylic, gibberellic and abscisic acids)
  • Explain the principles/steps required for cloning, PCR, sequencing, RT-PCR, mutagenesis, transposon and epitope tagging, reporter and marker genes, plant transformation, epistatic analysis
  • Explain the uses of mutants and how mutant alleles may be cloned
  • Explain forward and reverse genetic screens
  • Explain aspects of plant pathogen interactions including disease resistance and susceptibilities

Students are expected to develop competences to:

  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of genetically modified plants
  • Discuss and criticize research articles orally and in writing
  • Propose experiments to test scientific models or questions
  • Interpret different types of experimental data introduced in the course
  • Use bioinformatics to search a genome database, annotate the structure of a gene, find mutations in it, identify encoded proteins, compare protein sequences, and propose gene/protein functions

Lectures, laboratory and computer practicals, group discussions and student seminars of newer articles in high impact journals.

See Absalon.

Students who, by the start of the course, have passed all first year courses and half of the second year courses (corresponding to a total of 90 ECTS-points) of their curriculum, should be well prepared to master the course material.

Students must wear lab coats for the exercises.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Type of assessment details
Two written, open book exams must be taken as scheduled during the course. In addition there is a take home exam (7days) and a practical exam. The practical exam is done during the time allocated for the last lab lecture and consist of the execution of one of the lab techniques and quantification of the results. The exam should take app. 3-4 hours.

The final grade is determined by the grades of the two open book exams, the take home exam and the practical exam. All four exams are weighted equally.
Students can pass the exam without passing all four examinations, if the total grade is passed.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner

The re-exam is a 4 hours written exam with all aids allowed.


Criteria for exam assessment

In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 16
  • Class Instruction
  • 8
  • Preparation
  • 66
  • Theory exercises
  • 6
  • Practical exercises
  • 64
  • E-Learning
  • 16
  • Project work
  • 20
  • Exam
  • 10
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level

1 block

Block 4
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board for the Biological Area
Contracting department
  • Department of Biology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Eleazar José Rodriguez Gomes   (17-6c736c688168793579766b79706e7c6c814769707635727c356b72)
Saved on the 20-06-2023

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