Course code KJB200

KJB200 Biochemistry

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Course responsible: Simen Gjelseth Antonsen, Tina Rise Tuveng
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: Study year 2004-2005
Course contents:

The main topic of this course is "the chemistry of life". Organisms have evolved and adapted to the environment where they live and harvest nutrients to survive, grow and replicate. The processes enabling the organisms to do this is thoroughly regulated. We will start with structure and properties of important biomolecules as water, proteins, carbohydrates, fat and DNA. Then we will use the acquired knowledge to understand important processes as energy conversion and biological synthesis within cells.

In the weekly lectures we will cover central parts of the curriculum. The learning objectives are described in detail in a document which is distributes when the course start. This document is a guide for the student when the read the text book. There are also weekly colloquiums where the students work with assigned problems. The topics are coordinated with the laboratory courses KJB210/KJB201.

Learning outcome:


After passing KJB200, the student should have an understanding of:

  • how proteins are built up and how they may appear in three dimensions.
  • what enzymes are and how they catalyze chemical reactions.
  • structural and chemical properties of carbohydrates and fat and how these molecules are transformed within the cell.
  • the structures and properties of DNA and RNA building blocks and how these are polymerized into nucleic acids.
  • how information is stored and extracted from DNA.
  • how the cell produces "chemical energy" to drive internal processes.
  • how plants harvest light and convert this energy to "chemical energy".
  • how biological membranes are constructed and how molecules are transported across membranes.
  • how biological processes in the cell are regulated.


After passing the course, the student should be able to recognize biomolecules, understand metabolism and the basis of the genetic code. The student should also be able to reflect and have a critical evaluation of the mentioned subjects.

General competence:

After passing KJB200, the student will be qualified for courses in advanced biochemistry and other aspects of biotechnology (such as molecular biology, natural product chemistry etc)

Learning activities:
Lectures. Colloquia and individual study.
Teaching support:
CANVAS. Questions can be addressed to teachers. E-mail can be sent to course responsible.

- Cox & Nelson: Lehninger principles of biochemistry (7th edition).

- Compendium (will be available on Canvas)

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 in March (3.5 hours)
Written mid-term test in March counts 50 % of the final grade.  Written final examination (3.5 hours), counts 50 % 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. 
Mid-term test without a final exam is valid for one year only.
An external examiner approves the examination questions and marks a minimum of 25 selected exam papers.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / F