BB1050 Biotechnology 6.0 credits


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

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course aims to provide an introduction to theoretical knowledge in biochemistry and cell biology and an introduction to biotechnology. Much of the course focuses on the cell’s macro-molecular and super-molecular systems.

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 transference of information
  • Protein structure, function and biosynthesis
  • The most important (glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, citric acid cycle) metabolic pathways' structure, function, interaction and regulation
  • Enzyme’s catalytic function and roll in metabolism
  • Energy transformation in biochemical reactions, oxidative phosphorylation, and photosynthesis
  • Techniques for protein purification and characterization
  • Technical applications of enzymes
  • Genetic tools and applications

Intended learning outcomes *

After completion of the course the student shall have

Knowledge and understanding to:

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

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Literature and preparations

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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

Examination *

  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 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 (TEN1; 6,0 credits, grading scale A-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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Per Berglund

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.

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Offered by

CBH/Industrial Biotechnology

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Education cycle *

First cycle

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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.