BIOS4601 – Genetics and Developmental Biology

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course is an introduction to developmental biology and genetics - in plants, animals and other relevant groups of organisms. We will use concepts and principles from genetics and epigenetics to focus on classical, experimental systems /organisms and connections. The context of the course is system-oriented genetics development in a genome perspective, and the essence is how genetics and epigenetics via specialisation and interaction between cells form the foundation for development and morphological traits.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you

  • know of and can use the terminology in genetics and developmental biology
  • have an understanding of the main concepts in developmental biology and their mechanisms and principles
  • know the main morphological principles for development and reproduction in classical model organisms
  • know the genetic and molecular mechanisms that operate in development and reproduction
  • have insight in and understanding of how connections between genes and genomes play a role in genetics and developmental biology

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.

The courses BIOS4601 and BIOS3601 have common admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:

1. Bachelor´s programme students at the Department of Biosciences and master´s programme students at the MN Faculty who have the course approved in their study plan.

2. Other program students.

3. Single course students and exchange students.

Applicants are ranked by number of credits within each group; all applicants within the 1st group are ranked before applicants in the 2nd group etc. For students who have equal number of credits within one group, admission is determined by random selection.

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures 
  • Interactive group tutorials (mandatory)
  • Written assignment about a theme from the course, agreed upon with the professor. Can include essay, research application, review or similar papers (mandatory)

Lectures are grouped thematically: organisms, concepts, and principles. Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam. 

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture. This also applies to those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if documentation for absence is not provided to the student administration prior to the first lecture

Approved mandatory course work is valid for 2 years.

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.


  • Final written exam in Inspera, 3 hours, that counts 100 % of the final grade

An essay or review must be submitted and approved before the exam. Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam. 


Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Dec. 3, 2020 12:14:46 PM

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