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Practical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Teaching semester

Autumn. This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application.Master's students in Molecular Biology have first priority. Application deadline is Wednesday 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

Objectives and Content

The course is experiment-oriented and includes selected basic methods in physical biochemistry, biochemical analysis and separation methods, gene technology, immunology and microscopy. The course includes exercises in spectrophotometry, chromatography, enzymology, electrophoresis, isolation of biological macromolecules, in situ hybridisation, immunological detection methods and other important methods in gene technology. Work with different biological systems will be emphasised. Organisation of the laboratory work and combining use of different methods for analysis of specific issues will be important. Safety in the laboratory environment and journal writing will also be covered. MOL300 is compulsory for the Master's Programme in Molecular Biology.

Learning Outcomes


The student

  • can explain the theories underlying both basic and some advanced methods in biochemistry and molecular biology
  • can explain advantages and disadvantages of the most important methods in biochemistry and molecular biology
  • can work with DNA, RNA and proteins
  • is familiar with the appropriate laboratory safety regulations both with regard to personal and environmental aspects.


The student

  • can use a broad range of both basic and some advanced methods in biochemistry and molecular biology (including chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy, enzyme kinetics, molecular cloning, cell culture work and microscopy)
  • can examine, assess, interpret and communicate data acquired from laboratory experiments related to biochemistry and molecular biology
  • can keep a detailed and accurate laboratory journal

General competence:

The student

  • can do experimental work related to biochemistry and molecular biology without detailed instruction and supervision.

Required Previous Knowledge

Equivalent admission criteria for MSC program of molecular biology.

The students who are enrolled in the MSc program of molecular biology are automatically registered. All others should first contact the study section of the department of molecular biology.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree or equivalent, including knowledge molecular biology.

Access to the Course

Admission to the course is limited to students at the master's programme in Molecular Biologi at the Department of Biological Sciences. Other students interested in taking this course must contact the study administration at the department

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

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

Forms of Assessment

Reports from laboratory exercises (portfolio assessment) (30%) and written exam, 5 hours (70%).

The written exam and the laboratory exercises must be completed and compulsory activity approved, to obtain a grade in the teaching semester.

For a semester without teaching, the student may take the final exam if laboratory exercises is approved. The result of this exam will constitute 70 % and the laboratory exercises 30 % of the final grade.

Examination Support Material

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.

Subject Overlap

MOL302 15sp


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.

  • Type of assessment: Lab report and written exam

    6 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Written examination

      14.12.2021, 09:00
      6 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Portefolio assessment

      Examination system
      Digital exam