Molecular Biology Methods

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The aim of the course is to develop knowledge about molecular biological methods used in diagnostics, characterization of pathogenic microorganisms and host responses in fish and other aquaculture species. This knowledge is developed through laboratory exercises, lectures, discussions and writing journals.

Topics provide a practical introduction to the most important methods. Students will learn to use reagents and equipment from their own experience and understand how enzyme reactions and molecular interactions can be used to examine blood and tissue samples from fish. Some methods will be presented as demonstrations/lectures.

Participation in the course is compulsory. The course lasts three weeks, and consists of a lecture on Mondays, full days of practice from Tuesday to Thursday, and a seminar on Fridays. Five reports in total must be submitted: one after the first week and two after the two following weeks. There is a deadline on Sundays and feedback is given on the following Thursdays.

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Spring. Students following the Aquaculture and Seafood- and the Aquamedicine integrated Master's programmes will be prioritized.

This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section ( The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and laboratory work
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • Mandatory attendance
  • Approved compulsory activities are valid for three semesters, including the semester the activity was completed in.

    Forms of Assessment
    Approved laboratory journals / reports
    Grading Scale
    The grading scale used is A-F.
    Reading List
    The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
    Course Evaluation
    Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.
    Programme Committee
    The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
    Course Administrator
    Department of biological sciences.