Course code BIO301

BIO301 Advanced Cell Biology

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Course responsible: Harald Carlsen
Teachers: Christian Kranjec, Siv Kjølsrud Bøhn, Yeon Kyeong Lee
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
The course has teaching/evaluation in the Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Preferential right:
Course contents:

The course will provide a detailed overview of the essential properties of eukaryotic cells. Examples of malfunctions in cells that can cause disease will be given. The course is intimately connected to UN's sustainable development goals, particularly Goal #3: Good health and well-being. The goal is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. To reach this goal, there is also a need to develop innovative treatment options such as new drugs. Such developments require deep knowledge into biological processes of cells.  

The following topics are covered:

  • The cell's integrity, shape and subcellular compartments (organelles)
  • Intracellular transport of proteins and vesicles
  • The cytoskeleton
  • Gene regulation and the sequential path from gene to functional protein
  • Intracellular signalling and cell communication
  • The cell's life cycle emphasising on the regulation of cell division
  • How cells can become cancerous
  • Development of multicellular organisms
  • Stem cells
  • Photosynthesis in plants
Learning outcome:


The students should be able to identify and understand crucial elements in a cell that determine its unique function and role in a eukaryot organism, with emphasis on mammalian cells.


Students will acquire skills and knowledge that contributes to their ability to comprehend scientific literature and formulate relevant hypotheses in cell biology.


Students should be able to use the competence as basis for further studies and work in biological disciplines including food science, biotechnology, veterinary medicine, domestic animal science, aquaculture, food industry, biomedicine and nutrition. 

Learning activities:
Lectures and study groups
Teaching support:
Canvas. Lectures, group questions and other relevant study material.
Selected chapters in Molecular Biology of the Cell, 6. utgave, B. Alberts et al. Garland Science, 2015 and questions related to each lectured chapter.
Cell biology corresponding to BIO100.Biochemistry corresponding to KJB200/KJB100Molecular Biology corresponding to BIO210.

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Two, mandatory multiple choice tests during the course are graded passed/not passed. Students must pass both tests to be able to take the final exam. The first test will be performed in the first third of the course; the second in the last third of the course.

Written exam, 3 hrs, counts 100 %.

Two, mandatory multiple choice tests must be passed to be able to take the final exam.

Nominal workload:
  • Lectures 26 hrs.
  • Colloquia 26 hrs.
  • Preparations and self study 198 hrs.

In total 250 hours.

Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:
Lectures 2-4 hrs per week, 26 hours. Study groups 2-4 hrs per week.
Internal and external examiner in collaboration. The external examiner marks minimum 25 selected examination papers.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: Letter grades