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Before choosing courseBB1080 Biochemistry, Theory 7.5 creditsAdministrate About course
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* Retrieved from Course syllabus BB1080 (Spring 2012–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Biochemical analysis and separation methods.

Enzymology (catalysm, kinetics, mechanisms, inhibition).

Protein structure, function and biosynthesis.

Glycolysis, gluconeogensis and the citric acid cycle.

Glycogen, lipids and nitrogen metabolism.

The calvin cycle and the pentose phosphate pathway.

Metabolic rule mechanisms.


Hormone control and signal transference.

Biological membranes and transport processes over membranes.

 Oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis.

Intended learning outcomes

The course is designed to provide a basic knowledge of the cell’s macro molecules and the cellular processes on a molecular level and give an introduction to biochemical analysis and separation methods. 

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe and summarize the cell’s basic biochemical processes on a molecular level and solve more simple problems
  • describe the connection between catabolism and anabolism
  • expand his/her understanding within biochemical, bio-process technical, molecular biological and enzymological areas.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed upper secondary education including documented proficiency in English corresponding to English A. For students who received/will receive their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows: documented proficiency in mathematics corresponding to Mathematics A.

And the specific requirements of mathematics, physics and chemistry corresponding to Mathematics E, Physics B and Chemistry A.

Recommended prerequisites

The course is designed for students with a general knowledge about the cell’s structure and chemical composition.  BB1050 Biotechnology for KKD1090 Organic Chemistry 1.


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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


  • TEN1 - Examination, 7,5 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

A written exam (TEN1; 7,5 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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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 BB1080

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Main field of study

Biotechnology, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Mats Martinelle,

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.

The course is ovelapping with the course BB2380.

Replaced by BB1085