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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 is about the central metabolic reaction pathways as well as (hormonal) regulation of these reaction pathways and will illustrate how organisms generate energy for essential energy-consuming processes. The metabolic reaction pathways and the regulation of these will be seen in physiological connection.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you

  • have insight into the central metabolic reaction pathways in carbohydrate, lipid, protein, amino acid, and nucleic acid metabolism
  • have insight into the key players in metabolic pathways
  • have insight into glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, glycogen synthesis and degradation, citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, lipid catabolism and biosynthesis, amino acid oxidation and degradation, urea cycle, and biosynthesis of amino acids and nucleotides.
  • have insight into how central metabolic reaction pathways are regulated in cooperation with the organism’s needs and access to nutrition
  • have insight into the interconnections of metabolic pathways
  • have insight into the mechanism behind the regulation of central reaction pathways
  • have insight into the tasks of organs and other tissues and body fluids in metabolism
  • have insight into certain diseases are affected by metabolic pathways
  • have insight into to analyze proteins by Western blotting
  • have insight into to use computational tools for metabolic pathways (KEGG)
  • are able to explain to laypersons how metabolism works

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

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

BIOS1110 – Celle- og molekylærbiologi

BIOS1130 – Biokjemi I or KJM1140 – Biochemistry 1 for Chemists

BIOS2900 – Molecular Biology

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials (50% mandatory)
  • Lab exercises and lab journals (mandatory)

Mandatory lab journals and course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam.

Attendance at the first lecture is mandatory, also for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if notice is not given to the student administration prior to the first lecture.

Approved mandatory assignments and activities are valid for 3 years.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or fieldwork, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Final written examination, 4 hours, counts 100 % of the final grade. 

Mandatory lab journals and activities must be approved before the student can attend the exam.


Exam attempts

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for the following course: MBV2050 – Biokjemi II - Bioenergetikk og metabolisme (continued)

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

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) Oct. 23, 2020 2:13:42 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)