MBV1050 – Biochemistry I: Structure and function of biomolecules

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Course content

The course covers the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids, as well as enzyme action, biological membranes and the synthesis of DNA, RNA and proteins. Central molecular biological processes will be covered to illustrate the function of biomolecules.

Learning outcome

The course will give students a thorough understanding of the biochemistry of biomolecules and central biochemical processes, and thereby prepare them for more advanced studies in biochemistry and molecular biology.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

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).

Recommended previous knowledge

MBV1010 – Cell biology and genetics (discontinued) and KJM1110 – Organic chemistry I (continued)


The course is taught by lectures (5 hours a week for a total of about 60 hours) and colloquia (2 hours a week for a total of about 24 hours) throughout the semester.

Access to teaching

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.


Written midterm exam, 4 hours in October (Counts for 50% of final grade). Students with valid grounds for absence, e.g. illness, shall be offered a deferred examination within approximately 3 weeks after the mid-term exam.

Final written exam, 4 hours in December (Counts for 50% of final grade) Letter grades (A-F).

Examination support material

Approved calculator. See the Department of mathematics for more information

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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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

THe course will be offered for the last time autumn 2017.

The course will be replaced by BIOS1130


Every autumn

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