BIOS4010 – Methods in molecular biology and biochemistry I

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Course content

The course will give an introduction to recombinant DNA technology and computer exercises to show how bioinformatic tools can be used within this field.

Learning outcome

After completing the course we expect your competence to include the following:

  • master various methods for gene cloning
  • master various methods for mutagenizing DNA
  • master bioinformatics tools for managing and analyzing DNA and protein sequences
  • know methods for analysis of gene expression


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in molecular biology corresponding to a Bachelor degree in Bioscience.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MBV4010 – Methods in molecular biology and biochemistry I (continued)

The information about overlaps is not complete. Contact the Department for more information if necessary.


This course consists of

  • lectures
  • laboratory work with laboratory reports
  • computer work with reports

All teaching is compulsory during 4 weeks at the start of the autumn semester.

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, 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.

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


  • Three hours final written exam (counts for 100%).

The laboratory reports and the reports from computer lab must be approved in order for the students to be eligible for the final exam.

Examination support material

Approved calculator

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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: MBV4010 – Methods in molecular biology and biochemistry I (continued)

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

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