BIOS4010 – Methods in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry I

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Course content

The course 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

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

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

Formal prerequisite knowledge

HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety

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

Overlapping courses


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.

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 exam, which counts 100 % towards the finale grade.  This course has mandatory assignments that must be approved before you can sit the finale exam.

The laboratory reports and the reports from the computer lab must be approved in order for the students to be eligible for the final 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 one of the following courses: MBV4010 – Methods in molecular biology and biochemistry I (continued).

Examination support material

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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.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) May 25, 2022 6:16:04 AM

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