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Undergraduate course

Introduction to Molecular Biology

Teaching semester

Spring 2020. Then the course only runs in autumn semester. The course runs autumn 2020. This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 2 for the spring semester.

Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.

The first lecture/orientation meeting is compulsory, which means you will lose your spot if you do not attend class that day. The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the "Mitt UiB" learning platform.

Objectives and Content

This course gives an overview of modern molecular biology with emphasis on chemical, genetic and evolutionary aspects of biological processes. An introduction to the following topics will be given: structure and organization of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, model organisms, genetics, biomolecules, protein structure, enzymology, metabolism, bioenergy, photosynthesis, replication, transcription, translation, nutrition, disease and health, biotechnology and methods applies in molecular biology. The focus is on the key principles of molecular biology and processes that different organisms share.

Learning Outcomes


The student

  • can describe the most commonly used model organisms in molecular biology research
  •  can explain key concepts and ideas in molecular biology
  • can explain the composition of essential structures found in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and describe their functions
  • can describe in a simple way the structure of different types of macromolecules and explain their function
  • can explain in a simple way how DNA, RNA and proteins are being synthesized and describe how gene expression is regulated in cells
  • can describe how the cells use and generate energy
  • can describe in a simple way the principles behind basic methods in molecular biology and cell biology


The student

  • can apply key concepts and ideas in molecular biology
  • can analyze and interpret simple experiments in cell- and molecular biology


General competance:

The student

  • can communicate knowledge in basic cell- and molecular biology
  • can reflect on ethical issues raised by molecular biology research

Recommended Previous Knowledge

KJEM100 or/and KJEM110

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

2 mandatory colloquia.

Obligatory activities are valid for total six semesters.

The first lecture/orientation meeting is compulsory.

Forms of Assessment

Written exam (3 h) and 2 written midterm evaluations. Exam counts 80 % and midterm evaluations 10 % each of final grade.

The written exam and the two midterm evaluations must be completed and compulsory activity approved, to obtain a grade in the teaching semester.

For a semester without teaching, the student may take the final exam if compulsory activity is approved. The result of this exam will constitute the final grade.

Due to the measures taken to avoid the spread of SARS-CoV-2, UiB is closed for teaching and assessment. As a consequence, the following changes is made to assessment spring semester 2020:

  • Written home examination instead of written examination

Examination Support Material

Textbooks, teaching materials, own notaries and the internet are allowed during written school exams at home, together with simple calculator is equivalent to models specified in the faculty's rules. During school exams -home, it is not allowed to cooperate with fellow student (s) or others. Furthermore, it is important not to disturb fellow students during the exam.

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

MOL101: 5 sp.


Contact Information

Department og Biological Sciences, e-mail: studie@bio.uib.no

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. Autumn 2020 written exams will be arranged either at home or on campus. Please see course information on MittUiB.

  • Type of assessment: mid-term exam and final exam

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Written examination

      04.12.2020, 09:00
      3 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Midterm examination

      08.10.2020, 10:00
      2 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam
  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    22.09.2020, 09:00
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam