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FKD3410 Current Trends in Enzyme Design 3.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FKD3410 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course includes approximately 80 full-time study hours in the form of science seminars that are held every two weeks. The seminars focus on current trends in the field of enzyme design where the research students present, read, interpret, analyze, critically examine and actively discuss their own and other doctoral students’ work. Current published scientific work in the field of research will also be discussed. When possible, outside researchers in the field can be invited. The course is the first of four courses in the seminar series.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should have the knowledge and ability to:

  • show basic knowledge, both broad and specialized, in the scientific field of the course and about the overall subject areas of biotechnology and chemistry with emphasis on enzyme design, green chemistry and biocatalyzed chemical synthesis
  • demonstrate basic ability to present, critically examine and discuss scientific papers in the subjects of chemistry and biotechnology with emphasis on the doctoral students’ own work, and papers published in the field of enzyme design
  • demonstrate basic insights of academic authorship and the international scientific publishing landscape with relevance to the scientific subject area of the course
  • demonstrate basic ability identify, discuss and reflect on ethics and sustainability aspects in the research that is discussed within the framework of the subject area of the course

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level. It is an advantage to have completed the courses BB1050 Biotechnology, BB2380 Biochemistry, KD1230 Organic Chemistry, Basic Concepts and Practice, or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Literature in the form of published articles and the doctoral student own papers is assigned separately for each individual course session.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • DEL1 - Participiation, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, 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.

Grading criteria are specified in the course PM.

Other requirements for final grade

Active participation at 80% of the course sessions, which in addition to attending and actively participating in discussions also includes carrying out two project presentations during a school year.

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.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Per-Olof Syrén, e-mail:, telnr: 070-3404990

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Chemistry