TFY4310 - Molecular Biophysics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Work 10/100
Work 10/100
Written examination 80/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course focuses on the application of selected topics within physics to describe the molecular properties of biological molecules and biopolymer assemblies, and some of the most commonly used techniques for the determination of these properties.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course the student should be able to:

- Describe the main types of intramolecular and intermolecular interactions and explain how these affect (i) the conformation and other dynamic properties of macromolecules, and (ii) the interactions
between macromolecules and other solutes in aqueous solution.

- Explain the theory behind the most important techniques used to study the physical, thermodynamic, hydrodynamic, spectroscopic and scattering properties of biological molecules and molecular assemblies, and enumerate the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

- Predict and discuss the applicability of the studied techniques to a variety of biophysical systems.

- Operate selected instrumental set-ups, interpret the obtained data, and summarize the results in written reports.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, problem solving and laboratory exercises.

Compulsory assignments

  • Problem solving
  • Laboratory exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (80%), problem solving (10%) and lab exercises (10%). The results for the different parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.
The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.
For a re-take of an examination, all assessments in the portfolio must be re-taken.
The exam may be given in English only.

Specific conditions

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

Course materials

Elgsæter, Mikkelsen, Næss, and Dias: Molecular Biophysics, compendium.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FY8911 7.5 2017-09-01
SIF4090 7.5
TFY4335 7.5 2015-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Work 10/100
Autumn ORD Work 10/100
Autumn ORD Written examination 80/100 D 2018-11-30 09:00
  • * 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.