BIO301 Advanced Cell Biology

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Harald Carlsen

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk

Limits of class size:100

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:

  • Lectures 26 hrs.
  • Colloquia 26 hrs.
  • Preparations and self study 198 hrs.

In total 250 hours.

Teaching and exam period:The course has teaching/evaluation in the Spring parallel.

About this course

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.

  • Lectures and study groups
  • Canvas. Lectures, group questions and other relevant study material.
    • Cell biology equivalent to BIO100.
    • Biochemistry equivalent to KJB200/KJB100
    • Molecular Biology equivalent to BIO210.
  • Written exam, 3 hrs, counts 100 %.

    Two, mandatory multiple choice tests + two hand-ins must be passed to be able to take the final exam.

  • Internal and external examiner in collaboration. The external examiner marks minimum 25 selected examination papers.
  • Two, mandatory multiple choice tests and two hand-ins of answers to questions from scientific article during the course are graded passed/not passed. Students must pass both obligatory chores (multiple choice and article questions) to be eligible for the final exam.
  • Lectures 2-4 hrs per week, 26 hours. Study groups 2-4 hrs per week.
  • Special requirements in Science