MOL3023 - Molecular Medical Bacteriology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

In this course you will study the molecular biology of bacteria which cause infection in humans. We will focus on selected infectious diseases causing both sporadic infections and outbreaks, and the bacteria which cause these diseases. You will study the clinical presentation of the disease and its epidemiology, the genomic structure of the microorganisms, mobile genetic elements and the mechanisms of horizontal gene transfer, virulence factors and how the microorganisms cause disease, and antimicrobial resistance. Further, you will learn about molecular methods for diagnosis and genotyping of bacteria. You will also get experience with basic bioinformatics methods for analysis and comparison of bacterial nucleic acid and genome sequences. Finally, you will study the relation between the human microbiome and health/disease and basic methagenomics methods for microbiome analyses.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course the student should be able to demonstrate a strong general knowledge in molecular medical microbiology:

  • have good knowledge about the molecular biology of bacteria including mobile genomic elements
  • have good knowledge about selected bacterial infections and their epidemiology
  • have good knowledge about molecular methods for diagnosis of bacterial infections
  • have good knowledge about molecular methods for genotyping of bacteria, and their use in the investigation of bacterial infectious diseases
  • have basic knowledge about bioinformatics methods and be able to perform analyses and comparison of bacterial nucleotide and genome sequences
  • have basic knowledge about the human microbiome and metagenomics methods for microbiome analyses

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, a compulsory bioinformatics exercise which must be approved before the student can take the written exam. Written exam count 100 % of the final grade.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercise

Further on evaluation

Retake of exam: If the compulsory bioinformatics exercise has been approved in a previous semester, it is sufficient to retake the written exam. If the bioinformatics excercise is not passed, the excercise must be resubmitted and approved before the written exam can be re-taken. Students with legitimate leave of absence at the final examination and students who receive the grade F make re-sit the examination in the following semester.

The language of instruction is English. The compulsory bioinformatics exercise and the written exam must be answered in English.

Course materials

Will be announced.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MOL3003 7.5 AUTUMN 2015
MOL8011 7.5 AUTUMN 2015
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Medicine
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-19 09:00 PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Storhall del 2 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 19
Spring UTS School exam 100/100 D 2024-05-28 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Storhall del 2 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 1
  • * 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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