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Experimental Molecular Biology II

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeMOL222
  • 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

This course is based on MOL221, Experimental molecular biology I, and it is highly recommended to take it during the same semester.

In MOL222, the students will get a theoretical and practical introduction to important methods and techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology. These include molecular cloning, PCR, plasmid propagation in bacteria, plasmid purification, restriction analysis, overexpression of genes in mammalian cell lines, microscopy, as well as gel electrophoresis and Western blotting. Furthermore, the students will get hands-on experience and consolidation of nucleic acid data bases and other bioinformatics tools. The students will learn the physical and chemical principles of the analytical methods.

Along with the practical aspects of the course, there will also be put particular emphasis on the documentation, critical evaluation including qualitative and quantitative analysis of the results. Laboratory safety aspects will also be a focus.

The purpose of the course is to provide solid basic knowledge and skills in experimental biochemistry and molecular biology thus establishing the basis for further studies in molecular biology.

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 molecular cloning and PCR, cell transfection and Western blotting
  • can interpret experimental data
  • knows the general safety routines for laboratory work in molecular biology


The student

  • can prepare plasmids for transfection of cultured cells and analyse protein expression by means of fluorescence microscopy and Western blotting
  • can use instrumentation and gene technological methods for the separation and analysis of proteins and nucleic acids
  • can interpret and report data both qualitatively and quantitatively
  • can follow general safety routines for laboratory work in molecular biology
  •  can plan experimental work based on a protocol
  • can critically evaluate and discuss experimental results
  • can critically evaluate and correctly cite literature

General competance

The student

  • can apply protocols for basic experimental work within the field of molecular biology and biochemistry
  • can explain, critically evaluate and discuss experimental results from basic research within the field of molecular biology and biochemistry

Required Previous Knowledge

MOL100, KJEM110 and one of the following courses: MOL200/MOL203/BIO103.

MOL221 must be completed successfully or taken during the same semester as MOL222. Courses other than MOL221, with a similar scope, can be considered, if successfully completed and, if approved, can replace MOL221 as requirement.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

All activities are mandatory including the introductory meeting, lectures and lab exercises. Completed activities are valid for 6 semesters.

Forms of Assessment

One written lab report for all the individual lab projects.

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.

Assessment Semester

Spring semester only.


Contact Information

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