Subject description for 2019/2020

Molecular Cell Biology  (BI210F)

Molecular Cell Biology


Course description

The course addresses eukaryotic cell biology topics from a molecular biology view point. The lab course addresses basic PCR and proteomics methods.


No tuition fees except semester registration fee and course literature.

Learning outcomes




  • Has a broad knowledge of the structure and function of cells on a molecular and organelle level.
  • Is familiar with basic research fields in cell biology, selected tools and methods to study cells.
  • Can update his/her knowledge in the field of Molecular Cell Biology.



  • Can apply relevant theoretical knowledge to the performance of simple laboratory tasks.
  • Can scientifically report, using proper molecular cell biology terminology, results obtained from basic molecular biology techniques.
  • Can collect and use relevant published information for the interpretation of observations obtained from molecular cell biology experiments.
  • Can reflect upon their observations obtained after performing basic molecular cell biology techniques.

General competence


  • Has knowledge and understanding of the risks when working in a molecular cell biology laboratory.
  • Can communicate results and theories in writing.
  • Can exchange opinions with fellow students and work alone, or as part of a group.
  • Is familiar with new thinking and innovation processes in the field of molecular cell biology.

Course type

Compulsory: Bachelor in Animal Science

Compulsory: Bachelor in Biology

MSc: Elective


Admission to the course follows the admission requirement in the bachelor program in biology.

Mode of delivery


Teaching activities and methods

The course addresses eukaryotic cell biology topics from a molecular biology view point. Key issues are

1.Storage and expression of genetic information

2.Structure and function of cellular membrane systems

3.Cell-cell interactions and extra cellular matrix

4.Cytoskeleton and cellular movement

5.Cell cycle

6.Cell signalling


The lab course addresses basic PCR and proteomics methods.


Lectures: 34 hours

Repetitoria: 8 hours

Lab exercises: 2 exercises x 6 hours

Recommended prior knowledge

BI132F Cell Biology and Biochemistry or equivalent.

Course evaluation

Mid-term oral evaluation with written report, electronic evaluation at the end of the semester.

Exam description

Due to the Covid-19 epedemic, a number of assessments and exams at Nord University has been changed.

Changes are made in accordance with the Temporary Regulations on Supplements to Regulation 31/01/2019 no. 63: Concerning Studies and Examinations at Nord University - Extraordinary Measures as a Result of the Coronavirus Epidemic- according to §2 of the Corona Epidemic, Assessment Methods, Sections 1-3

To accommodate this, the form of assessment will be changed from Written school examination to Oral examination on this course in the spring of 2020.




Written examination, 4 hours

  • Portfolio assessment, worth 0/100 of the grade.
    • To be completed before examination/assessment

Assessment and examinations

Written examination, 4 hours, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F
  • Portfolio assessment, comprises 0/100 of the grade, grading scale Bestått - Ikke bestått.
    • Must be passed prior to submission of the Written examination.

Overlapping courses

BI210F-002v1 Molecular Cell Biology - laboratory exercises - 2 study points.
BI210F-001v1 Molecular Cell Biology - written examination - 8 study points.
BI210F-001v1 Molecular Cell Biology - written examination - 10 study points.

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto
Course coordinator
ECTS Credits 10 Course location Bodø Faculty
Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture