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UCM010 - Introduction to cell and molecular biology
In programs
BIOENGINEERING, Year 1
INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT - Chemical engineering, Year 2

Examiner: 0748 - Forskarassistent Dina Petranovic

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


Prerequisites
Basic eligibility to the Bioengineering program

Aim
This course provides an introduction to cell and molecular biology. It provides the foundation for the subsequent courses in molecular biology, microbiology and biotechnology in the Bioengineering program, and for any student desirous to explore more specialized aspects of cell and molecular biology

Learning outcome (after completion of this course, the student should be able to:
  • state the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
  • describe the nature of the genetic material (DNA) and how it is replicated, transcribed and translated
  • describe the structures and roles of various sub-structures of the eukaryotic cell (i.e. the organelles)
  • perform some cell and molecular biology techniques including cloning in E.coli, PCR, restriction analysis and DNA gel electrophoresis.
Content
The course will cover basic levels in
  1. cellular biology (virus, bacteria, archaea, animal cell, plant cell, subcellular structures and their functions)
  2. molecular genetics and DNA metabolism
  3. gene expression (transcription and translation in bacteria and eukarya)
  4. protein fate, structure and function
  5. molecular and cellular biology techniques (cloning, manipulation
    and study of function and structure of biological macromolecules)
Organization
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 compulsory laboratory work. The course will be given in
English.

Literature
Molecular Biology of the Cell (Fifth Edition, 2008). Bruce Alberts,
Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, and Peter
Walter.

Examination

Written final exam in English.
The final exam can contribute up to 95% of the total grade and up to extra 5% can be obtained from the laboratory work which will include a small written report.
 
 
   

 

 
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