BIOS3900 – Biochemistry 2
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
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.
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:
Information technology (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
Recommended previous knowledge
- 8 credits overlap with MBV2050 – Biokjemi II - Bioenergetikk og metabolisme (continued).
- 5 credits overlap with MBV1030 – General biochemistry (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with MBV-KJM1030 – General biochemistry and biological chemistry (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with MBV3030 – The biochemistry of proteins (discontinued).
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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: