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Undergraduate course

Metabolism: Reactions, Regulations and Compartmentalization

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester

Autumn. This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 33 for the autumn 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


The course aims to give understanding of principles for regulation of metabolic pathways in cells and organs


The course gives a introduction to transport over membranes and signal transduction, properties of proteins and enzymes and sugar and lipid biochemistry. Emphasis is placed on a deeper understanding of bioenergetics and key metabolic pathways.. Aspects about organ-specific metabolism are covered using selected examples that particularly refer to the endocrine system.

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 basic principles for folding of proteins and how enzymes work.
  • Can describe structure of membranes, roads for transport and principles for signal transduction.
  • Can describe principles for bioenergetics in metabolic paths.
  • Can describe main metabolic pathways for turnover of amino acids, carbohydrates and lipids and how they are regulated.
  • Can explain basic principles in endocrine regulation of metabolism.
  • Can update his/her knowledge within the field of molecular biology


The student

  • is able to use central concepts within bioenergetics and metabolism
  • is able to find, evaluate and refer to the literature of the field and can use this to enlighten a question in metabolism

General competence

The student

  • can communicate scientific literature through scientific writing and oral presentation

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Basic knowledge in molecular biology, chemistry and organic chemistry (equivalent to MOL100KJEM100/KJEM110 and KJEM130).

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

MOL101: 5 ECTS

MOL301: 5 ECTS


Teaching and learning methods


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

80% of study groups and the term paper assignment. The term paper include a written report and short oral presentations of specific scientific topics in molecular biology. Mandatory activity is valid five subsequent semesters.  

Forms of Assessment

Written exam, 4h. Examination support materials: Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations.

Examination Support Material


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.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Administrator

The Mathematics and Natural Sciences - The Department of Biological Sciences has the responsibility of the courses and program.


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.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    29.11.2021, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam