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autumn 2017

BIO-3018 Environmental Molecular Genetics - 20 ECTS

Sist endret: 19.01.2018

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Concerns only admission to singular courses: Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester. 

Type of course

Master course for biology students - principally aimed at MSc-students specializing in Molecular Environmental Biology. The course is available as a singular course.  

Admission requirements

The number of participants is limited to 10.

Local admission, application code 9371 - - Master`s level singular course. Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.

Recommended skills corresponding to courses BIO-2601 General Microbiology (10 stp) BIO-2106 Microscopical imaging techniques (10 stp), BIO-2009 Green Biotechnology and Bioenergy (10 stp)  

Course content

The aim of this course is to give a thorough introduction to molecular genetic methods and bioinformatics used in modern biological research. The course will give a basis for advanced studies in different areas of biology and include practical exercises followed by computer analyses of own data sets. The students will isolate DNA and RNA from Arctic samples, and prepare samples for sequencing and bioinformatics in the first part of the course. The second part includes the study on the epigenetic regulation of gene expression in plants. The laboratory and computer work is running for four weeks and the results are discussed in plenum. The students have to write individual laboratory reports. The lectures will be closely connected to the practical problems to be solved in the laboratory. Selected articles from the scientific curriculum are topics for seminar presented by the students.

Recommended prerequisites

BIO-2009 Green Biotechnology and Bioenergy, BIO-2106 Microscopical imaging Techniques, BIO-2601 General microbiology

Objectives of the course


  • Theory of microbial ecology and epigenetics
  • Theory of gene and gene expression analyses
  • Critical consideration of scientific literature within the topics for the course ¿    How to write a laboratory report
  • Critical assessment of own results


  • Isolation of DNA and RNA from environmental samples
  • Preparation of samples for sequencing
  • Bioinformatics - analysis of sequencing results, sequence assemblies
  • Gene expression (qPCR), methylation status analysis
  • Present objectives, methods and results.
  • Oral and written discussion of results


General competence:

  • Theory of environmental genetics
  • Experimental design
  • Molecular laboratory work
  • Evaluation of methods
  • Discussion of results
  • Presentation of results

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures 12 hours, laboratory 60 hours during 4 weeks, seminars 16 hours


Report (50%) and oral exam (50%). A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. Students require to attain a pass grade (A to E) in the laboratory report in order to be able to take the oral examination. There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.  

Date for examination

Laboratory report hand in date 22.11.2017

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Course overlap

BIO-3137 Applied Molecular Genetics 10 stp
BIO-3134 Applied Molecular Genetics 20 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Scientific articles and laboratory reports.

Syllabus and reading list will be announced prior to course start.


Mette Marianne Svenning

Telefon: +4777644432
Mobil: 91740426 mette.svenning@uit.no


Siv Andreassen

Telefon: +4777646381 siv.andreassen@uit.no