n.BA.BT.Mobi1.21HS (Molecular Biology 1) 
Module: Molecular Biology 1
This information was generated on: 25 May 2024
Molecular Biology 1


Version: 1.0 start 01 August 2021


Study Programme Biotechnology
Regulations Applicable RPO, 29 January 2008, School of Life Sciences and Facility Management Academic Regulations, 15 Dec. 2009, Annex for the Bachelor of Biotechnology degree programme
Module Type  
X Compulsory Module    Elective Module    Optional Module
Planned Semester 2nd Semester
Module Coordinator Martin Sievers
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934 57 16 / martin.sievers@zhaw.ch
Martin Sievers
Entrance Requirements Microbiology 1
Learning Outcomes and Competencies The Molecular Biology 1 module is an introduction to genetic engineering. It provides a theoretical understanding of the production of recombinant proteins in expression systems and serves as preparation for the practical courses in Molecular Biology which follow. Students learn the basic techniques for developing simple cloning strategies.
Module Content The fundamentals of bacteria and eukaryotic gene structures will be covered, along with DNA regulation. In preparation for future development of cloning strategies, PCR and the construction of DNA vectors will be covered. DNA ligation is used to integrate a PCR product into a selected DNA vector using restriction enzymes. The transfer of DNA to plants by Agrobacterium tumefaciens is used as a concrete example of natural gene transfer. PCR and the construction of plasmids used for expression of recombinant proteins will be discussed in detail as a cloning strategy.
Follow-up Modules Molecular Biology Laboratory 1 and Biochemistry 2
Methods of Instruction  Lectures and exercises
Digital Resources Presentation slides and textbook
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 28
 Guided Self-Study -
 Independent Self-Study 32
 Total Workload 60
Classroom Attendance Attendance is recommended
Assessment Written exam at the end of the semester (100%)

If there is a low number of participants, the lecturer may change the form of a repeat examination after consultation with the head of the study programme: e.g. an oral examination can be used to replace a written one. Please report any changes to the form of examinations by e-mail to pruefungsadmin.lsfm@zhaw.ch and Cc. Head of study programme.
Language of Instruction  German
Comments The Molecular Biology 1 module is part of the Life Sciences 2 module group.


Course: Molecular Biology 1
Molecular Biology 1


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