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Undergraduate course

Metabolism: Reactions, Regulations and Compartmentalization

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeMOL200
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 33 for the autumn semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section (studie.bio@uib.no). The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

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  KJEM100/KJEM110 and KJEM130).

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

MOL101: 5 ECTS

MOL301: 5 ECTS


Teaching and learning methods

A large part of the teaching involves flipped classroom learning. You view the lecture material before coming to class. We discuss it based on feedback and questions. 

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The term assignment - a short oral presentations of specific scientific topics in molecular biology. Mandatory activity is valid six 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

    23.02.2023, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam