Practical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

Objectives and Content

The course is experiment-oriented and includes selected basic methods in physical biochemistry, biochemical analysis and separation methods, gene technology and microscopy. The course includes exercises in spectrophotometry, chromatography, enzymology, electrophoresis, isolation of biological macromolecules, immunological detection methods and other important methods in gene technology. Work with different biological systems will be emphasised. Organisation of the laboratory work and combining use of different methods for analysis of specific issues will be important. Safety in the laboratory environment and journal writing will also be covered. MOL300 is compulsory for the Master's Programme in Molecular Biology.

Learning Outcomes


The student

  • can explain the theories underlying both basic and some advanced methods in biochemistry and molecular biology
  • can explain advantages and disadvantages of the most important methods in biochemistry and molecular biology
  • can work with DNA, RNA and proteins
  • is familiar with the appropriate laboratory safety regulations both with regard to personal and environmental aspects.



The student

  • can use a broad range of both basic and some advanced methods in biochemistry and molecular biology (including chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy, enzyme kinetics, molecular cloning, cell culture work and microscopy)
  • can examine, assess, interpret and communicate data acquired from laboratory experiments related to biochemistry and molecular biology
  • can keep a detailed and accurate laboratory journal


General competence:

The student

  • can do experimental work related to biochemistry and molecular biology without detailed instruction and supervision.

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

Equivalent admission criteria for MSC program of molecular biology.

The students who are enrolled in the MSc program of molecular biology are automatically registered. All others should first contact the study section of the Department of Biological Sciences.

Recommended Previous Knowledge
Bachelor's degree or equivalent, including knowledge molecular biology.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
MOL302 15sp
Access to the Course
In order to be admitted to the course, you must be admitted to a study programme at the Department of Biological Sciences and students on master's programme in Molecular Biology have first priority. Other students interested in taking this course must contact the study administration at the department
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
All activities are mandatory including the introductory meeting, lectures and exercises. Completed activities are valid for 2 semesters (Semester of taking the activity and following semester)
Forms of Assessment

Reports from laboratory exercises (portfolio assessment) (30%) and written exam, 6 hours (70%).

The written exam and the laboratory exercises must be completed and compulsory activity approved, to obtain a grade in the teaching semester.

For a semester without teaching, the student may take the final exam if laboratory exercises is approved. The result of this exam will constitute 70 % and the laboratory exercises 30 % of the final grade.

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
Examination support materials: Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course Administrator
The Faculty of mathematics and natural sciences, department of biological sciences, has the administrative responsibility for the course and program.