BI3016 - Molecular Cell Biology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The teaching is given as lectures and colloquiums / seminars and requires some self-study. The purpose of the course is to give the students a molecular understanding of cell biological mechanisms and their regulation. Topics that will be included in the course will be: Mechanisms for regulating gene expression, signal transduction, cytoskeleton and cell movement, cell cycle, apoptosis, cancer and processes that regulate the development of multicellular organisms. The course is obligatory for students on the master programme for cell and molecular biology, and students on the master programme for cell biology for medical technical staff.

Learning outcome


  • After completing the course, students should have advanced knowledge and be able to:
  • explain mechanisms that regulate gene expression
  • explain mechanisms for cellular communication.
  • describe the structure of the cytoskeleton and how it affects cellular behavior
  • explain how cell cycle control systems are correlated with the different phases of cell cycle
  • describe cellular mechanisms that regulate cell death and apoptosis
  • explain how interactions between extracellular matrix and cell-cell junctions determine cell migration and cell signaling
  • describe molecular mechanisms underlying cancer development
  • explain how cellular processes that are essential in the development of multicellular organisms operate at the molecular level.


  • Students will know and be able to use relevant methods and techniques in cell and molecular biology research in and independent way.
  • Students will be able to analyze existing theories and methods in cell and molecular biology and work independently on practical and theoretical problem solving.
  • Students will have the capacity to use their knowledge of cellular processes to analyze and integrate new facts, information and research results into new research hypotheses.

General competence:

  • Students will have enough advanced skills to translate a biological question into the design of an experiment.
  • Students will be able to communicate about academic issues, analyzes and results in cell and molecular biology with both specialists and the general public.

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures: 26 hours
  • Seminar: 24 hours, mandatory

In order to have the attendance approved, the student must have attended at least 9 of the 12 compulsory seminars.

Examinations can be held orally outside teaching semester

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory attendance in seminars

Further on evaluation

In case of fail or if you want to improve your grade a final examination is held during the examination period every semester.

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

Exam Language: English

Course materials

Textbook: "Molecular biology of the cell", 6th edition, Alberts et al. (2015). ISBN: 9780815344643 Selected research and review articles related to the curriculum.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNKBI316 7.5
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology/Molecular Genetics
  • 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 D 2023-12-05 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL317 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL120 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 3
SL510 Sluppenvegen 14 50
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 23
SL318 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 3
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-06-05 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111+SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 9
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