MOL4010 - Basic Molecular 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 course aims at providing the students with an introduction to the molecular mechanisms which are the foundations of biological processes in cells and organisms. An introduction to necessary biological background knowlegde will be given. Fundamental principles within molecular biology and genetics will also be covered. Ethical considerations connected with the use of gene technology will be discussed.

Learning outcome

After completing the course MOL4010 the student should be able to:

  • explain the structure and function of cells and cell organelles for eukaryote and prokaryote cells
  • explain the structure and function of DNA, RNA, protein, fat substance and carbohydrates in a cell biological relation
  • explain central cell biological processes and how they are regulated and quality assured (for instance: replication and cell division, gene expression and signal transduction)
  • explain how different cell types get and transform energy
  • explain genetic variation and inheritance
  • understand how molecular cell biology forms the foundation of biotechnology in different social structures.

Learning methods and activities

Problem-based learning (PBL) in groups, lectures and visit to a molecular biologic laboratory. There will be a PBL group in English if required.

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation at PBL exercises

Further on evaluation

Retake of the exam: The student must have completed the mandatory activities and assignments to take the exam. If the assignment is passed in a previous semester, it is sufficient to retake the written exam.

Course materials

Course literature: Campell Biology 8. edition

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BI1001 7.5
TBT4170 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Biotechnology/Molecular Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS School exam 100/100 D 2023-11-24 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 turkis sone Sluppenvegen 14 2
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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