Cell Biology and Genetics


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge gained in Biomolecules and Biochemistry I, Biochemistry II or similar

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

  • Classical genetics
  • Chromosomes and heridity
  • The structure and organization of the genetic material
  • Genetic variation, mutations, conjugation, transfection, transformation, mitosis, meiosis and mobile genetic elements
  • The prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
  • The eukaryotic organelles and their function

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module 

  • Can understand the central principles within classical genetics
  • Can describe how genetic variation can arise, including mutations, recombination of DNA and exchange of genetic material between individuals/species
  • Can account for the background of heredity
  • Can describe the construction of prokaryotic cells
  • Can describe the construction of eukaryotic cells and their organelles
  • Can account for communication between cells


  • Can describe the classical and the modern genetics
  • Can describe the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells

Type of instruction

  • Lectures and calculation exercises

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examCell Biology and Genetics
Type of exam
Written exam
4 hours
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies

Facts about the module

Danish titleCellebiologi og genetik
Module codeK-BBT-B5-6
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science