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740361A Molecular Biology I, 8 ECTS cr 
Code 740361A  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Molecular Biology I  Abbreviation Molecular Biolo 
Scope8 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline3254 Biochemistry 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Preceding studies
all these courses/examinations
    750121P Cell biology
    740143P Biomolecules for Biochemists
    740144P Biochemical Methodologies I
Unit Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine 

Mirva Saaranen 

ECTS Credits 

8 credits

Language of instruction 

Finnish and English


B.Sc. yr2 autumn

Learning outcomes 

After this course students should understand the basics of molecular biology and be able to use modern molecular biology methods.


The course covers gene structure, DNA replication, recombination, transcription, translation  and basics of gene expression. The student will learn the most common recombinant DNA techniques, such as PCR, use of restriction endonucleases, preparation of recombinant plasmids and DNA sequencing. Attendance of some parts is compulsory.

Mode of delivery 

Face to face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

20 h lectures, 4 h computer exercise, 80 h lab, homeworks. Laboratory and computer practicals are compulsory

Target group 

Major subject students

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Cellular biology, Biomolecules for Biochemists and Biochemical methodologies I

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Mathews, CK, van Holde KT, Applins DR, Anthony-Cahill SJ: Biochemistry (4th edition). Optional.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Homeworks 35 %, lab reports 30 % and final exam 35 %.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.



Person responsible 

Mirva Saaranen and Aki Manninen

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

Location of instruction: Lectures: Linnanmaa, laboratory: Kontinkangas


Additional data in the course catalogue FBMM - Courses in English for exchange students, Biochemistry
EXCHANGE STUDENTS: Lecture part is in Finnish (not available for exchange students). Attendance to laboratory part (in English) is possible if student has sufficient prior practical experience and there are space (degree students have a privilege).

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