MOL8012 - An introduction to Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Passed/Failed

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

Course content

This course will introduce general concepts, technology and methods in genomics, with a major focus on Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). NGS is a revolutionary technology that provides biologists and medical scientists with the ability to collect and analyze massive amounts of DNA and RNA sequences. This technology is an important research tool in many aspects of biology and medicine, because it can be applied in so many ways. Topics will cover, sample handling, NGS technology and DNA/RNA Sequencing applications/protocol. Relevant bioinformatics, related to study design, data prepossessing and analysis (statistical methods, databases for storage and post analysis).

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student...

  • is familiar with molecular and bioinformatics principles for NGS
  • is familiar with commonly used technologies for NGS (e.g. DNA/RNA sequencing)
  • is familiar with commonly used data formats and bioinformatics methods for analysis of NGS data
  • is able to collaborate with bioinformatics specialists in the analysis of datasets from NGS
  • can assess the use of NGS in a research project
  • is able to critically assess the results from a successfully performed NGS experiment

Learning methods and activities

Supervised self-tuition, lectures, laboratory lectures, laboratory exercises, bioinformatics exercises, semester assignment (term paper) and exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • All lectures and excercises
  • Semester paper

Further on evaluation

Retake of exam: The student must have completed the mandatory activities and assignments to take the exam. If taken in a previous semester, this is sufficient to take the exam. If few students register for the exam, examination form can be changed.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Admission requirements: Master's Degree or similar, Medical students at the Student Research Programme, other candidates with a lower degree will be individually evaluated.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Computer Systems
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell Biology
  • Medicine
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2021-11-29 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
DI41 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 7
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2022-05-13 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
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