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Undergraduate course

Metabolism: Reactions, Regulations and Compartmentalization

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).

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The two first study groups and term paper. 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.

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.

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: Written examination

    02.12.2020, 15:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam