Postgraduate course

Cell Communication and Intracellular Signaling

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course will give an odyssey of major signaling events in the vertebrate cell, starting at the cell surface and ending up in the nucleus. The course aims at giving the student an overview of cellular interactions with the cellular microenvironment and the signaling events resulting from these interactions. Moreover, it will be discussed how cells respond to physiological cues such as hormones and neuronal signals.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:


  • Explain the main types of cell communication, including the signal molecules (ligands/transmitters) integral to these main types.
  • Explain intracellular-and membrane-bound receptors,and be able to give examples of such receptors.
  • Explain central cellular signal pathways in eukaryotic cells.

Skills and competences

  • Demonstrate the connection between cellular signal pathways and medical phenomena, using examples.

Required Previous Knowledge

Biology, molecular biology or equivalent on bachelor level, preferably completed with a degree.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The course runs over a period of 4-5 weeks, and will consist of 6-8 hours of mandatory lectures per week.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Mandatory lectures.

Forms of Assessment

4 hour written digital exam.  

Grading Scale


Subject Overlap


Reading List

The curriculum is based on relevant chapters in "Molecular Biology of the Cell" (Alberts et al.). Additionally, original articles will comprise the theoretical curriculum for the course.

Course Evaluation

Written evaluation on My UiB/Mitt UiB.


Contact Information

Department of Biomedicine


(+47) 55 58 64 39 / 55 58 64 40

Course coordinator:

Frode Selheim, http://uib.no/persons/Frode.Selheim

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Skoleeksamen

    19.03.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam
  • Type of assessment: Skoleeksamen (New exam)

    08.06.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam