BIOS2900 – Molecular Biology
Changes in the course due to coronavirus Spring 2020
Teaching and examinations will take place digitally. This may result in changes to your schedule, mandatory activities, exam form and grading scale. See updated information on the semester page and in Canvas.
This course is an intermediate to advanced level molecular biology course that covers all aspects of molecular biology, in particular structure of genomes, their expression and maintenance, and how gene expression pathways are regulated. It is required for students that plan to work with DNA, RNA, and genomes in more advanced courses and/or master projects.
After completing the course, you
- know about major methods used in molecular biology
- have an overview over the sequence elements present in genomes, including their function
- understand how genomes are replicated and how damage to genomes is repaired
- are able to explain how genomes are expressed and how gene expression can be regulated
- understand the processes whereby DNA sequences can move and recombine within genomes
Admission to the course
Priority will be given to students in the bachelor program in Biosciences.
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
- Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2
And in addition one of these:
- Physics (1+2)
- Chemistry (1+2)
- Biology (1+2)
- Information technology (1+2)
- Geosciences (1+2)
- Technology and theories of research (1+2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with MBV2010 – Molecular biology (continued).
This course consists of
Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, also for those on the waiting list. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you will lose your seat on the course if you have not informed the student administration firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the first lecture.
- 1 hour written digital midterm exam that counts 20% towards the final mark
- 3 hours written final digital exam that counts 80% towards the final mark
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera. Read more about written examinations using Inspera.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt. It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: MBV2010 – Molecular biology (continued).
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in Norwegian. If the course is taught in English, the examination text will only be given in English. You may answer in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: