BI1001 - Cell and Molecular Biology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 70/100 6 hours D
Assignment 30/100

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, 18 hours

Be aware that admission to this course is restricted.

Compulsory assignments

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

Further on evaluation

The course consists of two evaluation parts, where each part is graded. The overall grade in the course is given if both are passed. One part consists of a written exam that counts for 70% of the total grade, the other part consists of an assignment that counts for 30% of the total grade.

Improving grade/retake in case of fail:

Exam can be improved/retaken even in the semester without teaching.

The assignment can be improved/retaken by submitting a new assignment during the next teaching semester for the course

The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

Approved laboratory course from KJ1000 (or equvalent chemistry course)

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BI1005 15.0
MNKBI101 15.0
MNKBI110 12.0
MOL4010 7.5
BI0001 7.5 SPRING 2006
TBT4170 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
BI200115 8.0 AUTUMN 2019
HBIO2001 9.0 AUTUMN 2020
HBIOT2020 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
HBIOA2004 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2023-12-01

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 Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD School exam 70/100 D 2023-11-24 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 grønn sone Sluppenvegen 14 10
SL322 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD Assignment 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 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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