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UCM010 - Introduction to cell and molecular biology
Owner: TKBIA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0102 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   30 May 2006 pm V,  13 Jan 2006 am V,  01 Sep 2006 pm V

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Docent  Marc Pilon


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.


This course provides an introduction to cell and molecular biology. In this course, students will learn about the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, and about the nature of the genetic material (DNA) and how it is replicated. The course describes the various sub-structures of the eukaryotic cell (i.e. the organelles), and the two major types of processes by which eukaryotic cells can divide (mitosis and meiosis). Students will also learn about the mechanisms of gene
expression, from DNA-to-RNA-to-Protein, as well as basic principles of protein trafficking and sorting. Finally, several cell and molecular biology techniques are introduced in the course, including basic microscopy techniques, molecular cloning, and methods to quantify the abundance of proteins and nucleic acids. This course provides a firm foundation for any
student desirous to explore more specialized aspects of cell and molecular biology.


The topics covered include: 1) Basic principles of
genetics; 2) DNA structure and replication; 3. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic
transcription; 4) Translation; 5) Eukaryotic cell structure; 6) Biological
membranes; 7) Cytoskeleton; 8) Protein sorting; 9) Basic molecular and
cellular biology techniques; and 10) Introduction to plant cell biology.


The course is composed mostly of lectures that cover and extend upon the material available from the textbook for this course. The course also includes a PCR-based laboratory and a laboratory in which cells are stained with hematoxylin and eosin, then observed by microscopy.
The textbook and some lectures are in English


Molecular Biology of the Cell (Fourth Edition, 2002). Bruce
Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, and Peter Walter.


Written final exam.

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