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Genetics, Cell Biology and Microbiology

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Additional course evaluations for BI1278

Academic year 2021/2022

Genetics, Cell Biology and Microbiology (BI1278-10152)

2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Genetics, Cell Biology and Microbiology (BI1278-10262)

2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Genetics, Cell Biology and Microbiology (BI1278-10214)

2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Genetics, Cell Biology and Microbiology (BI1278-10139)

2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

Academic year 2017/2018

Genetics, Cell Biology and Microbiology (BI1278-10006)

2017-08-28 - 2017-10-30


BI1278 Genetics, Cell Biology and Microbiology, 15.0 Credits

Genetik, cellbiologi och mikrobiologi



Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Laborations, group exercises and problem solving 3.0 0202
Written exam, Genetics and Cell Biology 7.0 0203
Written exam, Microbiology 5.0 0204

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirementsBachelor’s level (G1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Basic knowledge in Chemistry equivalent to 10 credits of which 5 credits are Biochemistry.


The course aims at giving basic knowledge and laboratory training in genetics, cell biology and microbiology. The students will get knowledge of the basic principles in genetics and fundamental knowledge of the structure, function and energy metabolism of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

After completion of the course students are expected to be able to:

- describe organization, communication and function of the cell

- describe how genetic material is transferred between cells and generations

- analyze different types of inheritance, gene order and linkage between genes

- analyze the genetic variation within and between populations and evaluate natural processes affecting the population genetic structure

- calculate heritability of traits and the effect of selection

- describe the multiple ways of cells to extract energy

- describe the microbial background to the society problems related to use of antibiotics

- use basic laboratory techniques in genetics, microbiology and cell biology

- search and evaluate scientific information based on a scientific question

- write a report based on experimental results


The course comprises genetics, cell biology and microbiology. Laboratory practicals constitute an important part of the course.

In lectures, and compulsory laboratory practicals and group exercises the following sections are addressed:

- structure, function and morphology of bacteria, fungi, plant and animal cells, and viruses

- the flow of genetic information: DNA-replication, RNA-synthesis, RNA-splicing and protein synthesis

- biological membranes, transport mechanisms and communication within and among cells

- cell division and formation of sex cells

- inheritance theory of Mendel and its extension

- genetic recombination and linkage analysis

- mutations

- population genetics and conservation of genetic diversity

- quantitative genetics

- energy metabolism and energy yield (aerobic and anaerobic respiration, fermentation, methanogenesis, syntrophy, litotrophy, photosynthesis) in bacteria

- bacterial genetics (conjugation, transduction and transformation)

- cultivation of microorganisms, substrate and growth

- disinfection and antibiotics

- fungi and bacteria, identification and classification

- information retrieval and lab report writing

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved examinations, approved written assignments and oral presentations, and approved participation in compulsory activities.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The prerequisites can be achieved, for example, by having attended the courses in Basic chemistry I, 15 hp (KE0062) and Basic chemistry II, 7,5 hp (KE0063) with at least 10 credits passed results. Course parts with passed results should include at least 5 credits Biochemistry.

Some learning activities may be conducted in English.

Responsible department

Department of Plant Biology

Cooperating departments:

Department of Molecular Sciences

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Genetik
Replaces: BI0993, BI0856

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Biology and Environmental Science - Bachelor's Programme Crop Production (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level (G1F)
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1278 Application code: SLU-10101 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Plant Biology Pace: 100%