Course code KJB200

KJB200 Biochemistry

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Course responsible: Lars Skjeldal
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2004V
Course contents:

The contents of the course may be split into two parts: the building blocks of cells and the metabolism of cells.

  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • Proteins
  • Enzyme kinetics
  • DNA and RNA
  • Molecular biology
  • Control of blood sugar levels by hormones
Learning outcome:

The students will learn about the structure and functions of important molecules in living cells. Amino acids, proteins, DNA, RNA, carbohydrates and lipids are particularly important. A central topic is how information is transferred from DNA to the rest of the cell. The students will also learn how enzymes contribute to and control biological processes, and that biochemical reactions are 100 % stereospecific.

The students will understand how cells gain energy and the basic metabolism of the organism and of the cell. Students will understand what happens in a cell under defined conditions such as starvation, lack of oxygen or intake of nutrients.

Learning activities:
Lectures. Independent study. Colloquia.
Teaching support:



Selected chapters from Mathews and van Holde: Biochemistry, 4th edition, ISBN 9780132806411.
General chemistry equivalent to KJM100. Organic chemistry equivalent to KJM110.
Recommended prerequisites:
Organic chemistry equivalent to KJM210. Cell biology equivalent to BIO100.
Mandatory activity:
Written mid-term test (multiple choice) in March.

Written mid-term test in March (multiple choice), counts 20 % of the final grade.

Written final examination (3.5 hours), counts 80 % of the final grade.

Nominal workload:
Lectures: 48 hours. Discussion groups, 48 hours. Individual study: 204 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:
4 lectures per week. 3 h colloquia per week. There is no teacher present in the colloquia.
Mid-term test without a final exam is valid for one year only.
An external examiner approves the examination questions and marks 25 selected exam papers.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått