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2BIO033 Methods in Cell and Reproductive biotechnology


Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes: 


The student

  • has thorough knowledge in scientific theory 
  • has advanced knowledge about relevant techniques in cell and reproductive biotechnologies
  • has knowledge that can be applied in the industry and in further scientific education


The student

  • can understand and use relevant scientific literature   
  • can perform the following advanced laboratory techniques: cell cultivation, immunocytochemistry, fluorescence microscopy,  gel electrophoresis and immunoblotting, Computer Assisted Sperm Analyses (CASA) and flow cytometry
  • can work separately and in a team
  • can write laboratory reports scientifically

General competence:

The student

  • has thorough knowledge in cell and reproductive biotechnology, the application thereof in industry,  veterinary and human medicine, and in science
  • can apply his/hers knowledge and skills for planning and performing trials for a master thesis
  • has understanding of Research and Development (R&D) questions and the economic implications thereof in the industry
  • has thorough skills and knowledge for working in the industry



The course comprises two main parts:

  • a lecture-based part providing an overview of special subjects in cell and reproductive biotechnologies
  • three laboratory courses: Lab course 1 in basic laboratory techniques, and Lab course 2 and 3 with focus on cell culturing and analysis of sperm traits, respectively.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Organization and Methods of Instruction

  • lectures: Introductory lectures are given to provide an overview of the main themes in the course
  • in-class group activities
  • laboratory experiments: The students will conduct a series of relevant basic and specialized laboratory tasks
  • laboratory report: Results from the specialized laboratory experiments are to be described and discussed in a scientific laboratory report. Comments on each report will be given once by the responsible teacher before the finale due date
  • all relevant course information and scientific articles in the syllabus will be posted on Fronter, and the students will also hand in the laboratory reports using Fronter

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

Requirements necessary to take the exam

  • attendance at 100 % of the lectures designated "compulsory" on the lecture schedule; 80 % attendance at all other scheduled lectures
  • attendance at 100 % of the exercises comprising the 3 laboratory courses
  • an individual, practical-theoretical test from Lab course 1 must be passed
  • two written individual laboratory reports from Lab course 2 and 3 must be passed



  • an individual oral exam

The exam will be evaluated by letter grade, A-F, where E is the lowest passing grade.

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