Medical Cell Biology, 6.0 credits (8BKG12)

Medicinsk cellbiologi, 6.0 hp

Main field of study

Medical Biology


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Andreas Eriksson

Course coordinator

Andreas Eriksson

Director of studies or equivalent

Anna Fahlgren
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
MGMB2 Bachelor´s Programme in Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine (International admissions round) 1 (Autumn 2019) v201935-201941 English Linköping o
MGMB2 Bachelor´s Programme in Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine (National admissions round) 1 (Autumn 2019) v201935-201941 English Linköping o

Main field of study

Medical Biology

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine

Entry requirements

General entry requirements for undergraduate studies
English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6)
Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology corresponding to the level in Swedish upper secondary education (Chemistry 2, Mathematic 4 and Biology 2)
Exemption from Swedish 3

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
On completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Describe fundamental characteristics of the eukaryotic cell and the structures, properties and functions of biomolecules in cell systems
  • Explain how basic physical and biochemical processes regulate cell function, growth and life cycle
  • Describe the structure and fundamental functions of human tissues and organs
  • Explain basic biomedical laboratory techniques

Skills and abilities
On completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Perform stoichiometric calculations and apply this in laboratory work
  • Do risk assessment regarding laboratory work
  • Use cell culture techniques

Judgement ability and approach
After completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Apply basics in problem based learning
  • Demonstrate a critical approach to seek relevant information and to identify knowledge regarding cell structure and function

Course content

The course involves the study of elemental human medical cell biology that connects to physiology and medical applications, and thereby is an introduction to the programme. Foremost, the course comprise studies about cell structure and function including membranes, organelles and important biomolecules such as nucleic acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates. Moreover, the structure of tissues and organs in the body is introduced together with basic biomedical methodology, with special focus on cell culturing. The aim is to give a fundamental understanding of human cell biology and physiology, in a medical perspective.
The course covers cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and medical physiology that is integrated with histology, biomedical laboratory methods, biomedical ethics and scientific approach.

Teaching and working methods

At the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences student centred and problem based learning make up the foundation of the teaching. The student takes responsibility for, studies and researches current content of the courses and study programme. The methods of the course work challenge the students to independently formulate questions for learning, to seek knowledge and in dialogue with others judge and evaluate achieved knowledge. Students in the Bachelor’s programme in Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine work together in groups based on reality based and course related biomedical issues to apply their knowledges, develop their own learning, contribute to the fellow students’ learning and to practice cooperation. Throughout the study programme theory is integrated with practical modules. The course methods and integration modules stimulates and support the student’s ability to apply their knowledge and professional competence.
The work methods in this course are tutorial groups, lectures, seminars and laboratory exercises.


The forms of examination are one individual written and one individual practical exam. In addition, active participation in compulsory components is required to pass the course. Compulsory elements include group work, seminars, laboratory sessions, reports and assignments.
Resource-demanding examinations, in this syllabus the individual practical examination, are limited to five attempts. The written examination may be performed an unlimited number of times by those students who have not achieved a passing grade.
Point of time for retake examination must normally be announced no later than the time of the regular examination. The extent of the retake examination must be the same as the regular examination.

A student who has obtained a failing grade twice for a course or a part of a course is, after request, entitled to be appointed another examiner, unless there are special reasons to the contrary.

Instructions on how to apply for examinations are given prior to the beginning of each course.


Four-grade scale, digits, U, 3, 4, 5

Course literature

A literature reference list must be set no later than two months before the course begins by the programme committee for the Bachelor’s Programme in Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine. There is no compulsory course literature.

Other information

Planning and implementation of the course is to be based on the wordings in the course syllabus. A course evaluation is compulsory for each course and should include how the course is in agreement with the course syllabus. The course coordinator will analyse the course evaluation and propose appropriate development of the course. The analysis and proposal will be returned to the students, the Director of Studies, and as needed to the Education Board, if related to general development and improvement.
The course is carried out in such a way that knowledge of gender, gender identity/expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief system, disability, sexual orientation and age is addressed, highlighted and communicated as part of the programme.
If the course is cancelled or undergoes major changes, examination is normally offered under this course syllabus, at a total of three occasions, within/in connection to the two following semesters, of which one in close proximity to the first examination.


Medicinska fakulteten
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12CE Compulsory elements U, G 1.5 credits
12PE Practical examination U, G 1 credits
12WE Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 3.5 credits

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