HBIOT2031 - Molecular diagnostics and applied bioinformatics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The course deals with various technologies for analysis of human biological material at the molecular level (such as high-capacity analyses of DNA / RNA, proteins and metabolites). In addition, various (simple) bioinformatics tools, including databases, are introduced for the analysis of nucleic acid and protein sequences. Various forms of biobanks and the handling and storage of human biological material (to preserve its integrity) will also be presented. Topics will be taken from medical genetics, oncology and microbiology, in both diagnostics and research. In addition, ethical and legal issues related to the production, analysis and use of large amounts of data from a single patient as well as biobanks will be elucidated.

Learning outcome


The student:

  • Has knowledge about molecular biology and molecular biology techniques as a foundation for specific topics in laboratory sciences and further studies.
  • Has basic knowledge of high-capacity technology used in diagnostics and research.
  • Has knowledge of bioinformatics and the use of bioinformatic tools in personalized medicine and other areas of laboratory medicine.
  • Has knowledge about how changes in genes and/or gene expression may lead to disease.


The student:

  • Can search and find information in relevant databases.
  • Can perform simple analyses of biological data using bioinformatic tools.


The student:

  • Has knowledge about and can relate to medical use of biotechnology, research in medical and health sciences and various biobanks, including acts and regulations that control this in Norway (the Biotechnology Act, the Biobank Act, and the Health Research Act).
  • Is aware of relevant ethical issues that new technologies in medicine and health sciences bring, and can identify, reflect, and handle these in relation to work as biomedical laboratory scientists (professional ethics).
  • Can exchange views and experiences and can update their knowledge through collecting information and having contact with the professional environment and field.
  • Can document their professional knowledge.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, student-driven activities such as group work, presentations and more.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oblig

Further on evaluation

The teaching will be based on various student-driven activities that will be compulsory and must be approved before the exam. The type and scope will be stated at the start of the study.

New/postponed exam: August. New/postponed exam can be changed to oral exam. Assessment report requires approved teaching report the same semester. Compulsory activity from previous semesters can be approved by the department.

For applications for credits, approval and integration of courses from previous years or other institutions' equivalent education, each application will be evaluated individually. A reduction of credits (studiepoengsreduksjon) might apply if the candidate has passed exams in overlapping courses.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Biomedical Laboratory Science (BBIOING)

Required previous knowledge

The course is restricted and reserved for students at the Bachelor of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences (BBIOING), NTNU, Trondheim.

Course materials

Recommended literature will be published on Blackboard before the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HBIOA2007 6.0 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-12-21 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111+SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 53
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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