MOL3100 - Introduction to Molecular Medicine with Project


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 50/100 4 hours D
Assignment 50/100 4 weeks A

Course content

The lectures will cover the organisation and major features of the human genome, such as replication, gene expression, epigenetics and the role of non-coding RNA. Consequences of mutations and polymorphisms, inherited diseases and molecular aspects of major common diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, vascular and coronary disease are central topics. Infectious diseases and treatment, applied bioinformatics, drug development and use of stem cells and organoids will also be addressed.

Learning outcome

After completing the course MOL3100, the student is able to:
- describe the organization of the human genome and its functional regulation, including replication and maintenance, gene expression, epigenetic modifications and the role of non-coding RNA
- explain the impact of genes, inheritance and environment on disease
- describe how microorganisms cause infection, the mechanisms of action of antimicrobial drugs and how antimicrobial resistance develops
- describe important methods in molecular medicine, including gene editing, the use of stem cells and organoids, and the stages of drug development
- understand how normal cellular processes change, fail or get destroyed in common complex diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and brain-related disorders
- apply and interpret data from simple bioinformatic tools
- collect and evaluate relevant information, use EndNote, and formulate a scientific review article about topics within molecular medicine (in English)
- discuss and orally present scientific papers within the field of molecular medicine (in English)

Learning methods and activities

The curriculum of the course is defined by learning objectives. Lectures, computer courses (EndNote and Bioinfomatics), Team-based learing sessions and article presentations are included. The course also includes a compulsory project which accounts for 50 % of the final grade. The language of instruction and examination is English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Article presentation

Further on evaluation

Retake of the exam: If the assignment is passed in a previous semester, it is sufficient to retake the written exam. If the assignment is not passed, both the assignment and the written exam must be re-taken.

Exam must be answered in English.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Molecular Medicine (MSMOLMED)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the Master of Science in Molecular Medicine at NTNU.

Course materials

Suggested textbook: Molecular Medicine - An Introduction
Author: Jens Kurreck, Cy Aaron Stein
ISBN: 9783527675098

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MOL3000 7.5 01.09.2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Molecular Medicine


Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 50/100 A INSPERA
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Spring ORD Assignment 50/100 A INSPERA
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Autumn ORD Written examination 50/100 D
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Spring ORD Written examination 50/100 D
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  • * 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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