NBIA09018U  Principal Subject in Molecular Microbiology 2

Volume 2017/2018

MSc Programme in Biochemistry
MSc Programme in Biology


Second of three modules of project work on Molecular Microbiology.
Students complete three modules of one subject-line by following three blocks.

The course deals with molecular aspects of microbial physiology and genetics. Topics include metabolism, enzymes, regulation, replication, genomics, evolution, and technical aspects. All microorganisms (bacteria, archaea, virus, and unicellular eukaryotes) may be included and we aim at covering research subjects of medical, industrial, and environmental importance. The purpose of the course is to be able to read, understand, and discuss current research literature on molecular microbiology. Classes are based on student presentation of papers selected by the students and the teachers together. Students in the audience are expected to have read the presented papers and prepared questions before class and actively participate in the discussion during class.

Learning Outcome

The student will have obtained knowledge of specific research areas (differing from module to module and from block to block) including different experimental and theoretical approaches.

Based on original research literature, the student will be able to explain, evaluate and critically analyse the results, the methods used and the conclusions drawn and compare with other relevant literature. In addition, they will be able to present and explain the background literature for peers.

In addition to the goals specified for module 1, the student will be able to present the results of original research articles to fellow students so that they understand the problems analysed and the value and impact of the presented article and satisfactorily answer questions from fellow students. The student will also be able to deal with conflicting results and conclusions in scientific literature and to search and find literature necessary for understanding the background for problems and experiments in the presented paper and explain these background questions to fellow students.

The student will, with the completion of all three modules, be capable of understanding the basis for specific conclusions in a field and will therefore understand the consequences of technical or experimental future developments when they occur.

See Absalon.

The teaching takes the form of student colloquia and discussions based on reading of original research articles and data.
Only one of the principal subjects (Immunology, Molecular Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Microbiology or Protein Chemistry) can be chosen. All modules (1, 2 and 3) must be within the same principal subject.
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Active participation during the course. The criterion for active participation is
1) that the student has satisfactorily presented at least two seminars to fellow students during the course and
2) has participated actively with relevant questions/comments in at least 7 of the 9 sessions (80%).
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner

If the student has not fulfilled the requirements for presentation of at least two seminars, the student can present a seminar of 45 minutes in a subject decided by the teacher.

If the student has not fulfilled the requirements for active participation in at least 80% of the sessions, the student must take the course again next year.

Criteria for exam assesment

1) See 'Learning Outcome'.

2) Active participation. See 'Type of assessment'.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 178
  • Colloquia
  • 28
  • Total
  • 206