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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course teaches how protein and lipid molecules build membranes, and how these function in cells and organelles in cooperation with the cytoskeleton of cells and extracellular matrix in tissue and organisms. The course also covers mechanisms for how newly made proteins are sorted and transported to the correct destination in cells and tissues. Fundamental principles in cellular biology are used to explain signal transfer and immunological mechanisms.

Learning outcome

After competing this course, you

  • can explain how cellular membrane are built and function, how membrane transport functions in eukaryotic cells, how molecules pass through membranes, and the physiological importance of these mechanisms
  • explain how, based on information in the protein molecules own structure, proteins are made, modified, sorted and transported to different membrane destinations and organelles in the cell
  • understand how cells send and receive signals and understand how this is important for regulating cell division, cell death and the immune system
  • discuss the evolutionary origin of eukaryotic cells and their organelles and how cell adhesion and adhesion to extra cellular matrix builds tissue and organism
  • read original and overview articles on topics in cellular biology, and in a group present important parts of these in a suitable form to fellow students
  • analyse and assess immunological tests in the laboratory

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).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety must be passed before attending the lab sessions.

BIOS1110 – Celle- og molekylærbiologi BIOS1130 – Biokjemi I BIOS1120 – Fysiologi

Overlapping courses


This course consists of

  • lectures

  • tutorials and group work 

  • lab session

Students are expected to participate actively in the course. Attendance is mandatory for the lab session, group sessions and tutorials.

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, lab session and part of the group tutorials, also for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if documentation for valid absence is not provided to the student administration prior to the first lecture.

Students should consider buying a personal travel and personal injury insurance as the course contains lab and/or field work. Click here for further information about student insurance.

Graded lab. report are valid for three years.


  • Written final exam, 3 hours.

Lab report , group exercises and some assignments must be approved before sitting for the exam. Graded lab. report are valid for 3 years.

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: MBV3010 – Advanced cell biology (continued)

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

If the course it taught in English, the exam language will be given in English only.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

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:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 29, 2020 5:14:38 PM

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