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Before choosing courseBB2380 Biochemistry, Theory 7.5 creditsAdministrate About course
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* Retrieved from Course syllabus BB2380 (Spring 2013–)

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

Admission requirements for programme students at KTH:
At least 150 credits from grades 1, 2 and 3 of which at least 100 credits from years 1 and 2, and bachelor's work must be completed, within the programme CKEMV or CINEK. 

Admission requirements for independent students:
A minimum of 20 credits within the fields of Mathematics, Numerical Analysis and Computer Sciences, 5 credits of these must be within the fields of Numerical Analysis and Computer Sciences, 20 credits of Chemistry, possibly including courses in Chemical Measuring Techniques and 20 credits of Biotechnology or Molecular Biology.

Documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

Recommended prerequisites

The course is designed for students with a general knowledge about the cell’s structure and chemical composition.  BB1050 Biotechnology for K, KD1090 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; 6 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 BB2380

Offered by


Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

BB2060 Biochemistry, lab.


Mats Martinelle,, tel. +46 8 553 783 84

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 BB1080 and BB1085.