BI1001 - Cell and Molecular Biology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 30/100
Written examination 70/100 6 hours D

Course content

The course introduces the students to basic molecular and cell biology, including genetics. Subjects covered include: the molecular basis of the cell, biochemistry and cell physiology, the structure and function of the cell, Mendel’s law of heredity, molecular biology and biotechnology. The course is part of the 1-year module in biology, and masterprogram in biotechnology. Admission is restricted. A small number of places are available for students that want only this course.

Learning outcome

The candidate shall have knowledge of:
- The fundamental units of life, especially the cell as an organisms basic unit for structure and function.
- Large biological molecules and membranes structure and function.
- Metabolism and how energy is transformed in living systems.
- Participants and principles of cellular communication.
- Principles of cell division..
-The chromosomal and the molecular basis of inheritance.
- Regulation of gene expression, from gene to protein.
- Biotechnology: use of DNA toolkit with examples of cloning of organisms and how this may be utilized to study gene sequence, expression and function.
- Genomes and their evolution.

The candidate can:
- Recognize and describe different forms of life, including different types of cells.
- Quote processes that regulate inheritance between generations, and transformation from gene to protein.- Design a cloning experiment.

General competence:
The candidate can:
- Comprehend and explain the diversity in biological systems and processes on cellular level.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures: 50 hours
Laboratory course: 30 hours, mandatory
Project work: Theoretical project, mandatory
Seminars: Mandatory

Admission to this course is restricted.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved laboratory course
  • Approved term paper
  • Approved exercises in Problem-based learning

Further on evaluation

All assessment components included in the course must be passed. In the case of 'fail' or 'retake' , the final written examination needs to be taken again. Appeals for reassessment apply to the final written examination only. The individual components will not be graded and assessment consists of an overall final grade. The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught. Please refer to these supplementary regulations UTF §5-6 at NTNU for information on re-sit examinations (oral and written) in science courses. 1. Final examination in each semester -for courses with prefix BI, IT and KJ a final examination is held during the examination period every semester. 2. New assessment incase of “fail” - please refer to the course description for details on which components of the course need to be retaken in case of re-assessment

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Accomplished laboratory course in KJ1000

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BI1005 15.0
MNKBI101 15.0
MNKBI110 12.0
MOL4010 7.5
BI0001 7.5 01.08.2006
TBT4170 7.5 01.09.2011
BI200115 8.0 01.09.2019
HBIO2001 9.0 01.09.2020
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2020-12-01

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 5

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology



Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 70/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 70/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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