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KD2401 Bioactive Molecules 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD2401 (Spring 2013–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Course in bioactive molecules, including their chemical characterization and mechanisms of action. The aim of the course is to work with natural products and give students experience in practical use of preparative and analytical separation methods including GC-MS and LC and LC-MS. Bioactivity of fractions obtained will be tested on various organisms such as insects and microbes.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to introduce students to natural products and their importance for the control of pest organisms with focus on sustainable agriculture, forestry and farmacology, using modern chemical and biological methods to isolate and identify the natural products.

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 110 credits from years 1 and 2, and bachelor's work must be completed, within a programme that includes:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding.

Admission requirements for independent students:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding. Documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

Basic level organic chemistry, analytical chemistry

Recommended prerequisites

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Drugs of Natural Origin: A Treatise of Pharmacognosy, 2010 av Gunnar Samulesson och Lars Bohlin

Handouts from lectures

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


    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.

    Individual seminars and examination

    Other requirements for final grade

    •LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3,0 credits, grade scale: P, F
    •SEM1 - Seminars, 1.5 credits, grade scale: P, F
    •TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

    All presentations within the project work and all laboratory work is mandatory.

    The final grade will be the same as for the examination

    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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    Profile picture Anna Karin Borg Karlsson

    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 KD2401

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    Main field of study

    Biotechnology, Chemical Science and Engineering

    Education cycle

    Second cycle

    Add-on studies

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    Supplementary information

    The course is given every second year. Next time Fall 2017

    Replaces the course KD2400