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BB1050 Biotechnology 6.0 credits

Welcome to a course which provides both a broad introduction to biochemistry and describes biotechnological applications connected to Green Chemistry and sustainability that are important for chemists!

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Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus BB1050 (Spring 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course aims to provide basic-level theoretical knowledge in biochemistry and an introduction to biotechnology. Much of the course focuses on the cell’s macromolecules proteins, lipids, nucleic acids and carbohydrates and their building blocks and interactions in metabolism, photosynthesis and gene technology and in applications in industrial biotechnology with connections to green chemistry and sustainability.

The course consists of the following parts:

  • Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells’ structure and organization Membranes’ structure and function
  • Nucleic acids’ structure, biosynthesis and function in the cell’s transfer of information 
  • Protein structure, function and biosynthesis
  • Enzymes’ catalytic function and role in metabolism
  • The most important (for example glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation) metabolic pathways' structure, function, interaction and regulation
  • Energy balance in aerobic and anaerobic conditions
  • Biotechnical tools and applications within green chemistry and sustainability

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student shall have

Knowledge and understanding to:

  • Explain the basic concepts of the different types of cell structures and organization
  • Explain basic concepts regarding structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates
  • Describe common metabolic pathways

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Mathematics 4, Physics 2, Chemistry 1

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • KON1 - Partial exam, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Written exam, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Examination. (TEN2; 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F)

Quiz. (KON1;  1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Students are required to sign up at least two weeks in advance for examination.

The course is given provided at least seven students are admitted.