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Before choosing course

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus HX1001 (Autumn 2007–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The aim of the course is to give knowledge of the importance of the chemical bounding for the chemical and physical properties of chemicals compounds, set in a biological perspective. It will furthermore explain aspects of the thermodynamic forces driving chemical reactions.

Biological important equilibrium reactions will be discussed focusing on the properties and function of buffer solutions in the body.

The structure and biological function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleotides will be highlighted.

The course will focus on the structure and function of the eukaryotic cell.

Thus the student will obtain basic knowledge of the regulation of cell metabolism, i.e. the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids in the maintenance of normal cellular functions.

Intended learning outcomes

To give the students basic knowledge about the way on which bio-molecules co-operate in the normal life of the cell.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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Holum, John R.: Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological chemistry, 6th edition, John Wiley & sons, New York 1997

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination 1 (TEN1: 3 cr.)
Written examination 2 (TEN2; 4.5 cr.)

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 HX1001

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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