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Qualification: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, BS

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, BS

Qualification Information

The student has acquired broad knowledge and understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology, including the latest developments in the field.


After concluding the studies the student will possess the following skills:


1. Knowledge and understanding

1.1. The student knows the basics of mathematics, chemistry and biology relevant to the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology.

1.2. The student knows and understands the various levels of organization of biological matter, from molecules to cells, tissues, organisms and populations. This includes organization of genomes, their expression and replication.

1.3. The sudent understands the structure, composition and properties of biomolecules.

1.4. The student knows the major biochemical pathways involved in synthesis and catabolism of biomolecules, including energy metabolism.

1.5. The student knows the main biochemical patways involved in regulation of metabolism, including signaling pathways and gene regulatory pathways.

1.6. The student knows the scientific approaches and methods used in the field: Observation, experimentation and modeling, as well as basic methods of data analysis.
1.7. The student knows and understands the basic phylogeny of organisms and their characteristics, including their structure, development, life history and behaviour.
1.8. The student knows and understands the theory of evolution, natural selection, Darwinian fitness and the evolution of organisms.

2. Practical ability and skills

2.1.The student can organize laboratory experiments and sampling in a technically sound, safe and ethical manner.

2.2. The student is skilled in operating standard laboratory equipment safely and efficiently.
2.3. The student know the basis and limitations of common laboratory techniques, both classic methods and modern methodology.

2.4. The student is familiar with, and has basic skills in using the appropriate software for analyzing research data and can present data with proper statistical analysis.


3. Theoretical ability

3.1. The student has gained insight into the principal theories, concepts and methods in biochemistry and molecular biology.

3.2. The student knows how to acquire biochemical and biological data, in particular sequence data, and how to select and compare appropriate data.

3.3. The student can assess primary and secondary data and associated scientific reasoning.

3.4. The student can analyze and interpret numerical data in graphs, figures, tables and equations, as well as in statistical tests.

3.5. The student can integrate and connect information from different parts of the study programme, from different years and different courses.

3.6. The student can organize and execute a research plan.

4. Communication skills and information literacy

4.1. The student can work in a group and organize collaborative data collection, literature research and presentation in reports or talks.

4.2. The student can communicate coherently about subjects in the field, orally and in writing, with graphical data and statistical explanations.

4.3. The student can use networked computers to perform: a) basic file system tasks; b) word processing, spread-sheet calculations, browsing, e-mail communication; c) searches in on-line databases; d) tasks with more specialized software.

4.4. The student is proficient enough in mathematics and statistics to: a) use simple algebra, trigonometry and calculus; b) use the apropriate number of decimals, measures, units, ratios, logarithms and exponentials; c) use approximations and mental calculations to verify numbers.

4.5. The student can analyze and find reasonable solutions to problems where relatively complicated information is involved.


5. General learning skills

5.1. The student can learn and acquire knowledge independently, organize his/her time and keep to schedule.

5.2. The student has the capacity to maintain and add to his/her knowledge by obtaining and reading the scientific literature.

5.3. The student has mastered independent and critical thinking, open-mindedness and initiative that is of use in further studies and work.

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