Experimental Molecular Biology I

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course will give students a theoretical and practical introduction into important methods in molecular biology. Students will be trained in working with molecular biological laboratory equipment and biological solutions relevant for molecular biology research. Laboratory safety aspects will also be a focus. The student will be presented for ongoing research at the department.

Along with the practical aspects of the course, there will also be put particular emphasis on the planning, presentation, and critical evaluation of the results in the form of a laboratory report or oral presentation.

The aims of the course are to:

  • give an introduction to basic methods in molecular biology
  • enable you to evaluate and present laboratory results

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 the principles of basic methods in experimental molecular biology
  • can interpret experimental data
  • knows the general safety regulations for laboratory work in molecular biology


The student

  • can apply basic methods in experimental biochemistry and molecular biology
  • can use ordinary internet-based data bases for nucleic acid analyses
  • can plan experimental work based on a protocol
  • can critically evaluate and discuss experimental results
  • can follow general safety routines in the laboratory
  • can write a formal lab-report
  • can critically evaluate and correctly cite literature


General competance

The student

  • can plan experimental work
  • is able to critically evaluate and discuss experimental results

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 2 for the spring 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 (studie.bio@uib.no). 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
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Either KJEM110 or KJEM100
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
MOL102: 10 ECTS
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

All activities are mandatory including the introductory meeting, lectures, seminars and exercises. Completed activities are valid for 6 semesters.

The first lecture/orientation meeting is compulsory.

Forms of Assessment
Written exam 3 hours. 
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.
Examination Support Material
Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations.