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Course module: SK-MCG2O
Master Course Genes to Organisms
Course infoSchedule
Course codeSK-MCG2O
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Science; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences;
Contact persondr. A.F.J.M. van den Ackerveken
Telephone+31 30 2533013
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Contactperson for the course
dr. A.F.J.M. van den Ackerveken
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dr. A.F.J.M. van den Ackerveken
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dr. M. Boxem
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prof. dr. S.J.L. van den Heuvel
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dr. R.A. Ohm
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Teaching period
W41A  (08/10/2018 to 02/11/2018)
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Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 15/08/2018 up to and including 08/10/2018
Waiting listYes
At the end of the course, students should:
i) Understand how genes, RNA, protein and metabolites function in an organized and coordinated manner in cells, tissues, and ultimately, the entire organism.
ii) understand how diverse biological processes, e.g. development, immunity, and responses to the environment, are studied both at the molecular level as well as at the level of the whole organism.
iii) be acquinted with the theory behind methods that are used to identify genes, study transcripts and proteins, and determine the function of genes in model organisms, from bacteria and fungi, to plants and Metazoan animals (C. elegans).
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
i) translate fundamental scientific knowledge to applications in Medicine, Plant Breeding, and Biotechnology.
ii) reflect on the state-of-the-art and important recent developments within this field of research; discuss and critically assess literature from this field of research at academic level; place this field of research in context of other research themes to promote interdisciplinary thinking.
How life functions at the level of tissues and whole organisms, and how organisms respond and adapt to environmental conditions is the main topic of the Genes to Organisms track that is introduced in this general course.
Students will be introduced to the research topics that are covered in this track and will learn about state-of-the-art methods used in genetics/genomics and analysis of gene function.
Experts in these field will introduce state-of-the-art genetic, genomic, bioinformatic, molecular biological,  and physiologic techniques.
Similar to other general track courses of the MCLS master, each day of the course is focussed on a specific topic and may include lectures by principal investigators, research seminars, or technical lectures. In addition students will present and discuss research papers under supervision of one of the teachers and do one individual and one group assignments
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Course manual/material will be available through Blackboard.
Mandatory for students in Master’s programme: Mandatory for students in the track. MCLS students need to follow at least 2 out of 4 general track courses, preferably 3 out of 4.
Optional for students in other Master’s programmes GS-LS:
YES. Interested students form other master programmes in and outside the GS-LS should contact the course coordinator before enrolling. But only when maximal capacity for this course (50) is not reached.
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