Molecular biology of microbes - host interactions

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Course content

The course covers the themes and diversities of plant and animal associations with microbes that involve beneficial relationships (symbiosis). Emphasis will be placed on the molecular mechanisms acting within both the microbe and host that create, shape and define the symbiotic state. The course provides insight into the critical (but often unappreciated) role of both exo- and endosymbionts to evolutionary processes.

Learning outcome

After completing the course we expect your competence to include the following:

  • Have a deep understanding of symbiotic microbial - host interactions at the molecular and ecological levels
  • Be able to critically analyze state of the art literature relating to microbial symbiosis
  • Be able to understand the crucial role of microbial symbiosis as a driving element of evolution
  • Be able to recognize the commonalities and differences defining symbiotic and pathogenic microbial - host interactions

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 MBV4150 and MBV9150 have common admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:

1. Master students and PhD students at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum.

2. Other PhD students and visiting PhD students.

3. Students with admission to single courses on master’s level and exchange students

4. Applicants are ranked by credits in each group; all applicants within 1st rank before applicants in 2nd etc. If admission is limited to a fixed number of participants, admission will be decided by drawing lots for students who are ranked equally

MBV1030 – General biochemistry (discontinued) or BIOS1130, MBV2010 – Molecular biology (continued) or BIOS2900, MBV3060 – General microbiology (continued) or BIOS3910

Teaching

The course covers the themes and diversities of plant and animal associations with microbes that involve beneficial relationships (symbiosis). Emphasis will be placed on the molecular mechanisms acting within both the microbe and host that create, shape and define the symbiotic state. The course provides insight into the critical (but often unappreciated) role of both exo- and endosymbionts to evolutionary processes.

Examination

Final 3 hour written exam.

The presentation from the seminars must be approved before the final exam

(Optional oral exam depending on the number of participants.)

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: MBV9150.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed

Grading scale

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:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Feb. 17, 2020 12:19:42 PM

Facts about this course

Credits
10
Level
Master
Teaching
Spring
Examination
Spring
Teaching language
English