Cell Biology (BIO100)

The lectures in cell biology will cover the molecular basis for the cell's structure and organization. The students will acquire basic knowledge and understanding of cell biology concepts.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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The first part of the course provides an introduction to biological macromolecules and the structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Cell membrane and cell signaling are linked to cell respiration and how different types of cells divide and organisms reproduce. Structure of DNA and chromosomes as well as gene transcription are covered before presenting different molecular biological techniques used in the study of cells. There will also be two obligatory laboratory sessions that will give an introduction to cell biology and how to work with cells in culture.

Important topics in cell biology are:

Structure and function of biomolecules

Structure of cells with emphasis on eukaryotic cells

The function of different cell structures

Structure and function of biological membranes

Metabolism in the form of cell respiration

How cells communicate

Control of cell division, cell cycle and cell death

Transcription and protein synthesis (translation)

Cell culture techniques and various techniques used in the study of cells.

Learning outcome

After completing this course students should be able to:

  • Describe the building blocks of different cell types
  • Be able to explain cellular respiration and how cells generate ATP
  • Understand how genes are expressed, and be able to explain how DNA is transcribed to RNA which is translated into protein.
  • Describe how cells divide and communicate, and be able to give examples of cell signalling
  • Understand different cell biological laboratory techniques

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

Biology 2, Chemistry 1 and 2


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades None permitted

The exam is digital

Coursework requirements

Compulsory lab exercise and assignment
Part of the teaching involves learning how to carry out simple laboratory tasks related to cell biology. The students will be given tasks in the software Labster (pre-lab) which must be completed before attending two compulsory practical lab exercises. Both Labster and practical lab exercises must be approved before taken the written exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Hanne Røland Hagland

Head of Department:

Ingunn Westvik Jolma

Method of work

4 hours per week given as lectures or group work, as well as two practical lab sessions.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Cell biology (BBI120_1) 10

Open for

Biological Chemistry - Biotechnology - Bachelor's Degree Programme Environmental Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Medical technology - Bachelor in Engineering
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Biological Chemistry - Master of Science Degree Programme Environmental Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Advanced teacher education for levels 8-13

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto