BI2015 - Molecular Biology, Laboratory Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The laboratory course consists of experiments in Molecular Biology organised in five learning modules and lectures relevant to the experiments. These include frequently used methods like for example production, purification, and detection of recombinant DNA and proteins; quantification of stress-induced metabolites from multicellular organisms or gene expression analysis. The students will learn the basics of experimental design, data analysis, and how to present the results both in the form of a written scientific report and oral presentation.

Learning outcome

  1. The student should have a working knowledge of methods in Molecular Biology.
  2. The student should be able to use standard laboratory equipment and methods frequently used in Molecular Biology research.
  3. The student should be able to perform simple data analysis (including statistics) and interpret the results generated.
  4. The student should be able to communicate their results in written and oral form.

Learning methods and activities

Course structure:

The course is an intensive course being taught during two weeks in October.

  • Lectures: 10 hours .
  • Laboratory course: 50 hours.

Compulsory assignments:

  1. Participation in laboratory course (attendance has to be 90% or higher).
  2. Diagrams summarising laboratory protocols to be delivered first day of class.
  3. One oral presentation of a paper relevant to the contents of one of the modules.
  4. Written reports.

Limited admission to classes. More info about this here.

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

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignment

Further on evaluation

Written exam (theoretical questions and practical problems): 100%. Only students with approved assignment will be allowed to take the exam.

All assessment components included in the course must be passed. In the case of 'fail' or 'retake' , the written examination needs to be taken again. Appeals for reassessment apply to the final written examination. The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught.

Grading scale: Letters (A - F).

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

Students must read the laboratory booklet BEFORE starting the course. It will be provided in September. To ensure they fulfill this requirement, they need to prepare a diagram or schema showing the most relevant steps on the protocol in the correct order and deliver it on the first day of class.

Course materials

Laboratory booklet.

Optional (recommended support material): "Molecular Biology of the Cell", 6th edition. Garland Publishing Inc. ISBN: 9780815344643.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNKBI215 7.5
MNKBI211 3.0
BI2019 4.0 AUTUMN 2011
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2024-06-01

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 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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