BIOS4030 – Laboratory Methods in Cellular Biology

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Course content

The course will cover a range of methods used in molecular cell biology, including classical histology, immunocytochemistry, confocal microscopy, live-cell imaging, electron microscopy, cell culture and electrophysiology. A number of prominently used model systems will be described, including in vitro mammalian cells, Arabidopsis-plant cells, yeast, Drosophila, the Nematode-C.elegans, Zebrafish and mouse.
The practicals will involve demonstrations in a number of the topics/systems covered in the lectures. Each student then has the opportunity to select two of the topics covered in the demonstrations for intensive, three full-day practicals (each topic) in small groups towards the end of the course.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you are expected to have :

  • insight into the most extensively used laboratory methods in experimental cell biology. 
  • knowledge about the most popular experimental model systems that are used to answer research questions about cell and tissue structure and function.
  • learned to master scientific communication trained by an expert.

You will also be given an intensive exposure to the topic of human histology, given by a trained pathologist.

There is also an emphasis in the course on career development.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MBV4030 – Laboratory methods in cellular biology (continued)


The course consists of

  • lectures
  • laboratory work with common used methods in experimental cell biology

The course is taught as an intensive course over 5 weeks, where participation in the teaching is compulsory. There is a requirement of 80% attendance .

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


  • Multiple choice exam in histology that must be passed with more than 40% to take the final oral exam.
  • Oral exam at the end of the course that consists of 15 minutes presentation over a given topic related to the course content in cell biology.  Counts for 100%

All compulsory teaching must be approved in order to take the exam.

    Examination support material

    No examination support material is allowed.

    Language of examination

    You may have your presentation for the exam  in Norwegian or English

    Grading scale

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

    Explanations and appeals

    Resit an examination

    Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.

    New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

    We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during 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 one of the following courses:MBV4030 – Laboratory methods in cellular biology (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

    Teaching language

    Norwegian (English on request)