Undergraduate course

Experimental Molecular Biology I

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeMOL221
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian.
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction

Spring. The course has a limited number of places. http://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

Objectives and Content

In this course, the students will get a theoretical and practical introduction into important methods and techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology. These include work with biochemical and molecular biological laboratory equipment, biological solutions and buffers, spectrophotometric analyses, enzymology and demonstrations of current research activities at the department. The students will learn the physical and chemical principles behind the analytical methods used. They will also get a practical introduction into internet-based data bases for protein and nucleic acid analyses.


Along with the practical aspects of the course, there will also be put particular emphasis on the design and planning of experimental work as well as documentation, critical evaluation including qualitative and quantitative analysis of the results. Students will present and discuss their work in seminars. Laboratory safety aspects will also be a focus.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • can explain the principles of basic methods in experimental biochemistry and molecular biology (buffer theory, spectrophotometry and measurement of enzyme kinetics and gel electrophoresis)
  • can interpret experimental data
  • knows the general safety regulations for laboratory work in molecular biology


The student

  • can apply basic methods in experimental biochemistry and molecular biology
  • can use ordinary internet-based data bases for protein and nucleic acid analyses
  • can plan experimental work based on a protocol
  • can critically evaluate and discuss experimental results
  • can follow general safety routines in the laboratory
  • can write a formal lab-report
  • can critically evaluate and correctly cite literature

General competance

The student

  • can plan experimental work
  •  is able to critically evaluate and discuss experimental results

Required Previous Knowledge

MOL100, KJEM110 and one of the following: MOL200/MOL203/BIO103.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

All activities are mandatory including the introductory meeting, lectures, seminars and exercises. Completed activities are valid for 6 semesters.

Forms of Assessment

Laboratory reports (30%) and written exam, 3 hours (70%).

Examination support materials: Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Subject Overlap

MOL202: 10 sp.


Contact Information

Study advisor, advice@mbi.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assesment and written examinat

    02.10.2017, 09:00
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam