Metabolism: Reactions, Regulations and Compartmentalization

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The course aims to give understanding of principles for regulation of metabolic pathways in cells and organs


The course gives a introduction to transport over membranes and signal transduction, properties of proteins and enzymes and sugar and lipid biochemistry. Emphasis is placed on a deeper understanding of bioenergetics and key metabolic pathways.. Aspects about organ-specific metabolism are covered using selected examples that particularly refer to the endocrine system.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:



The student

  • Can explain basic principles for folding of proteins and how enzymes work.
  • Can describe structure of membranes, roads for transport and principles for signal transduction.
  • Can describe principles for bioenergetics in metabolic paths.
  • Can describe main metabolic pathways for turnover of amino acids, carbohydrates and lipids and how they are regulated.
  • Can explain basic principles in endocrine regulation of metabolism.
  • Can update his/her knowledge within the field of molecular biology



The student

  • is able to use central concepts within bioenergetics and metabolism
  • is able to find, evaluate and refer to the literature of the field and can use this to enlighten a question in metabolism


General competence

The student

  • can communicate scientific literature through scientific writing and oral presentation

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 33 for the autumn semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section ( The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

Required Previous Knowledge


KJEM110 or KJEM109


Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

MOL101: 5 ECTS

MOL301: 5 ECTS


Teaching and learning methods
A large part of the teaching involves flipped classroom learning. You view the lecture material before coming to class. We discuss it based on feedback and questions. 
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
The term assignment - a short oral presentations of specific scientific topics in molecular biology. Mandatory activity is valid 2 semesters.  
Forms of Assessment
Written exam, 4h. Examination support materials: Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations.
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course Administrator
The Mathematics and Natural Sciences - The Department of Biological Sciences has the responsibility of the courses and program.