FRM-MBV4860 – Molecular and Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
This is an advanced course which gives insight into selected topics in molecular and pharmaceutical microbiology with emphasis on molecular interactions. Topics include interactions between infectious agents and host cells, infectious agents and antimicrobial agents. A one-day course in control of vaccines is included.
After completing the course you have
- insight into bacterial pathogenesis, virulence factors, virulence mechanisms, host-parasite interactions
- understanding of the structure and function of pathogenic bacteria and virus
- understanding of the mechanism of action of antibacterial and antiviral agents
- knowledge about the genetic factors that determine the resistance and virulence of microorganisms
- understanding of the molecular mechanisms and cell biology of infection
- skills in critical evaluation of research results trained throught parts of the curriculum consisting og review- and original articles
Admission to the course
Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.
Pharmacy students need to contact the study administration to apply for admittance to the course and exam.
The course is primarily open to students who have been admitted to the School of Pharmacy or the Master program at the Institute of Biosciences at the University of Oslo.
If there is space available then others may also apply to take the course as long as their academic background is adequate. For more information on the procedure contact the study administration.
Recommended previous knowledge
For students with pharmacy background:
- FRM1040 – Foundation biology for pharmacists
- FRM1050 – Drugs and How They Work Part I
- FRM3040 – Development of new pharmaceuticals
- FRM4010 – Preparation Course for Research in Biology
For students with bioscience background:
- MBV1030 – General biochemistry (discontinued)
- MBV2010 – Molecular biology (continued)
- MBV3060 – General microbiology (continued)
- MBV4010 – Methods in molecular biology and biochemistry I (continued)
- 10 credits overlap with FRM-MBV5060 – Molecular and pharmaceutical microbiology (continued).
- 10 credits overlap with FRM-MBV9060 – Molecular and Pharmaceutical Microbiology (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with FRM5810 – Pharmaceutical microbiology (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with FRM9810 – Pharmaceutical microbiology (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with MBV4130 – The biology of the prokaryotes (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with MBV9130 – The biology of the prokaryotes (discontinued).
25 - 26 lectures, including a mandatory course (all day, theme day) on vaccines at Nasjonalt Folkehelseinstitutt.
1 obligatory group assignment the result of which, at the end of the course, is presented on posters to the other students and evaluated by course teachers and possibly other professionals.
Access to teaching
A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.
The course may be cancelled if the number of enrolled students are low.
A four hour written exam/oral exam depending on the number of students.
Admission to the examination only after completed obligatory assignments.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:
- FRM-MBV5060 – Molecular and pharmaceutical microbiology (continued)
- FRM-MBV9060 – Molecular and Pharmaceutical Microbiology (discontinued)
Examination support material
Casio FX-991EX calculators are handed out to all exam candidates at the beginning of the exam.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: