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Welcome to a course which provides both an introduction to biochemistry and describes biotechnological applications important to chemists!

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* Retrieved from Course syllabus BB1050 (Autumn 2021–)

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.

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 (glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, citric acid cycle) metabolic pathways' structure, function, interaction and regulation
  • Energy balance in aerobic and anaerobic conditions
  • Biotechnical tools and applications

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

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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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 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN2 - Written exam, 5,0 hp, betygsskala: 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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web BB1050

Offered by

CBH/Industrial Biotechnology

Main field of study


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.