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BB1150 Biochemistry 1 7.5 credits

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Autumn 2024 CBIOT programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus BB1150 (Spring 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

All living organisms require energy, but the opportunities to acquire energy varies. The process is called metabolism and gives both building blocks and energy. This course will primarily includes catabolism of carbohydrates for energy extraction and the central biomolecules and their building blocks amino acids, lipids and carbohydrates. 

Course main contents:

  • Draw chemical structures, functional groups, isomerism and various types of chemical bonds.
  • Biological building blocks, amino acids, nucleotides, carbohydrates and lipids.
  • The composition, structure and function of proteins.
  • The activity, catalytical strategy and role in metabolism of different enzymes.
  • Structure, isomerism and construction from mono- to polysaccharides of carbohydrates.
  • Different types of lipids and composition of biological membranes.
  • Transport over membranes
  • Carbohydrate degrading metabolism from glycolysis to oxidative phosphorylation.
  • Risk assessment in the laboration and writing of a report.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student shall have

Knowledge and understanding to:

  • Describe and explain basic biochemical concepts. 
  • Describe the function, name and chemical structure of different biomolecules. 
  • Apply common techniques used in biochemial laboratory exercises.
  • Summarize the executed laboratory exercises in a report. 

For higher grades (A-D) the student shall also have

Knowledge and understanding to:

  • Use and combine knowledge within biochemistry to explain complex biochemical questions. 

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


  • LABA - Laboratory, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Written Exam, 6.5 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

To pass the course the student must pass the examination (TENA) and pass the laboratory course (LABA).

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.

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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