KJM9310 – BIOCAT - Biomolecular Structure and Function
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.
KJM9310 is the most basic course in the portfolio of the national PhD school in structural biology, BioCat, but is exceptionally up to date, covering structures at the cutting edge of current research. The focus is on protein structure and function, but carbohydrates and nucleic acids will also be covered. In addition, the course provides an introduction into experimental methods for structure determination and structure prediction.
After completing the course, you shall have the following competence:
- know the structures of the most important types of biomolecules and their architectural principles
- fundamental understanding of the relation between structure and function
- learn the different protein classification systems and obtain more detailed knowledge of enzymes, motor proteins, viral proteins, immunoproteins, amyloids and prions, membrane proteins, and large biomolecular complexes such as fatty acid synthase and the ribosome
- get an introduction to experimental methods for 3D structure determination, protein folding and structure prediction
- learn how to make professional pictures of biomolecules
- undertake a thorough literature search, read original scientific articles and present them orally in English for your fellow students
Admission to the course
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with KJM5310 – BIOCAT - Biomolecular Structure and Function.
- 10 credits overlap with KJ434.
The course comprises 28 lecture hours, 16 hours of exercises and a compulsory literature task to be presented orally.
The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to join, you must inform the Department of Chemistry in advance. If you fail to register as an active student for the course in either of these ways, you will lose access to the course for the given semester.
Oral examination. A passed literature task is a prerequisite for taking the exam.
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: