KJM9310 – BIOCAT - Biomolecular Structure and Function

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

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.

Learning outcome

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.

KJM1101 – Generell kjemi, KJM1111 – Organic Chemistry I, KJM1140 – Biochemistry 1 for Chemists or equivalent.

Overlapping courses


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.

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

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 25, 2020 3:16:41 PM

Facts about this course


Teaching and exams are offered every other odd year.

Teaching may be canceled if less than 5 students apply. It will still be possible for students to complete compulsory activities and exams if they wish.

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