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Experimental Molecular Biology I

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

Spring. 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

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.


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. 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.

The first lecture/orientation meeting is compulsory.

Forms of Assessment

Due to coronavirus situation the exam spring semester 2020 will be digital written exam taken home. Duration: 2,5 hours. Examination support materials: Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations.

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

MOL202: 10 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: Written examinat

    01.10.2020, 09:00
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam