Course code BIO211

BIO211 Laboratory Course in Molecular Biology

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Course responsible: Bao Dung Diep
Teachers: Linda Helén Godager, Siri Merete Grønhovd, Tina Rise Tuveng, Lars Fredrik Moen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:

Maximum 48 students, prioritized as follows:

students who have passed the course BIO210 (or equivalent)students who have BIO211 as a mandatory course in theis education planthe grade obtained on the course BIO210 (or equivalent course)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in June block. This course has teaching/evaluation in June block.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2005-2006
Preferential right:

Students on the 

  • Bachelor's program in Biotechnology
  • Master's program in Technology, specialisation Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • Master's program in Food Science, specialisation Food and Health 
Course contents:

The course consists of 3-4 independent laboratory assignments. Techniques used

  • protein purification
  • DNA sequencing
  • DNA cloning 
  • use of reporter systems

The students write extensive laboratory reports after each assignment, covering

  • a description of the experiments
  • presentation of the results
  • discussion of the results (both positive and negative results)
  • a conclusion
Learning outcome:
The laboratory course gives practical experience in basic molecular genetic and molecular biological techniques. By writing extensive laboratory journals, the students are trained in critical evaluation of experimental data.
Learning activities:

Laboratory course. Lectures: Short lectures will be given before each laboratory exercise and the results will be discussed. Journal writing.

Practical guidance and assistance during the course is given by experienced teachers.

Teaching support:
2-3 teaching assistants will be present for academic guidance during the course.  Canvas.
Compendium: "Exercises in molecular biology BIO211". The NMBU Bookstore.
Students must have passed BIO210 (Molecular Biology), or have approved knowledge equivalent to BIO210.
Recommended prerequisites:
Cell biology equivalent to BIO100. Genetics equivalent to BIO120. Microbiology equivalent to BIO130.
Mandatory activity:
Compulsory laboratory exercises. Students must be present at all time during the course. Otherwise the course will not be approved.
Written laboratory journals; all must be approved.
Nominal workload:
Lectures and reviews: 20 hours. Laboratory exercises and preparation: 90 hours. Journal writing: 40 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:

Two weeks' intensive course: Laboratory assignments will be discussed before they are given. Laboratory work will be explained and followed up on. The class will review and discuss laboratory results. Writing of journals during the course.

Unless otherwise notified, the lab part of the course will take place during the first two weeks of June-block. Deadline to submit the reports is two weeks after the lab part.

Students must be present all day during the course. It is not possible to include other activities during the course period.


The written exam in BIO210 (or an equivalent course) must be passed before the student can enter the course. This arrangement exists for two reasons: to ensure that the student's theoretical knowledge is sufficient to conduct practical exercises, and to maintain the proper microbial security of the course.

Maximum 48 students, prioritized as follows:

  • students who have passed the course BIO210 (or equivalent)
  • students who have BIO211 as a mandatory course in theis education plan
  • the grade obtained on the course BIO210 (or equivalent course)
An external examiner approves the laboratory exercises. Internal examiners grades the laboratory journals.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått