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Syllabus for

Academic year
KMG042 - Model organisms in molecular biology  
Modellorganismer i molekylärbiologi
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKBIO
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Bioengineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 48133
Open for exchange students: No
Maximum participants: 70
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0113 Laboratory 2,0c Grading: UG   2,0c    
0213 Examination 5,5c Grading: TH   5,5c   18 Mar 2020 pm H   18 Aug 2020 am J

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TKBIO BIOENGINEERING, Year 3 (compulsory elective)


Julie Grantham

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KMG041   Methods in molecular biology


In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic courses in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and applied microbiology.


The aim of this course is to provide advanced knowledge in a range of molecular biology techniques with an emphasis on the functional analysis of genes and gene products.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Describe how different model organisms can be used to address a particular question.
Understand the applications and limitations of different model organisms.
Be able to plan experiments and include appropriate controls.
Search scientific literature.


This course will focus on several model organisms: mouse, fruit flies, yeast, worms and cultured mammalian cells. Lectures will be based mainly on modern genetics and molecular biology methods using these model organisms.
Laboratory classes will include the insertion of genes into cultured mammalian cells, immunofluorescence staining of cultured mammalian cells and the analysis of worms.
A literature study will introduce students to searching for scientific papers and students will present their finding regarding a particular molecular biology technique to the rest of the group.
Group work to discuss the use of model organisms.


Lectures, Laboratory classes (attendance is compulsory), Groupwork  (attendance is compulsory), Presentations (attendance is compulsory)


There is no set book but Lodish et al Molecular Cell Biology 6th edition or Alberts et al Molecular Biology of the Cell 5th or 6th edition would be useful. Recommended reading lists and handouts will be provided.

Examination including compulsory elements

Students must pass the written examination (short answer format), attend all laboratory classes/ groupwork sessions and produce laboratory reports of the appropriate standard (Explain theory and analyse data).
Students must participate to an appropriate standard in presentations (explain theory and scientific data) and group work sessions (participate in discussions).

Published: Wed 26 Feb 2020.