Course code KJB200

KJB200 Biochemistry

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Course responsible: Åsmund Røhr Kjendseth, Åsmund Røhr Kjendseth
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:

This course provides a broad introduction to biochemistry. The key to biochemistry is to understand how living organisms convert energy and mass (metabolism) and how this is regulated.

In the first part of the course, students will get an introduction to the central concepts of energy, structure and function and storage of biological information. By giving a thorough introduction to the different structures and properties of the building blocks and how building blocks are turned into proteins, fats, carbohydrates and DNA, the basis for understanding metabolism at a molecular level is laid. The focus is then directed towards cellular metabolism by highlighting the flow of energy in biological processes and their regulation. 

Emphasis is placed on students being able to understand how biochemical processes are linked to the cycles of nature, especially those that affect the climate and stability of ecosystems, and that they should be able to draw parallels to challenges related to achieving the UN's sustainability goals.

In the first part of the course the teaching will be activity-based. The activity-based teaching will be focused on problem solving and the use of digital aids that can increase understanding about biochemical issues (for example visualization of biomolecules).

In the last part of the course, the teaching is carried out as project-based group work. Everyone will work projects, each lasting two weeks. Each project must be completed and evaluated before the next project starts. The students are divided into smaller groups and will work together to solve the project tasks.

Learning outcome:


After completing the course, the student should have an understanding of:

  • General principles on how energy and mass are converted in biochemical reactions
  • How central biomolecules such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats and DNA are built up and what functions and chemical properties they have
  • What enzymes are and how they catalyze biochemical reactions
  • How central biomolecules are metabolized in the body (metabolism/ cellular respiration)
  • How biochemical reactions are regulated and what homeostasis is
  • How biological membranes are constructed and how signals and molecules are transmitted across such barriers.


After completing the course, the studente should have the ability to recognize biomolecules and understand energy transfer and genetic information storage. Students should have basic knowledge of how to use basic bioinformatic tools and to visualize molecules. The students should also be able to reflect and critically think within these topics, and be able to use the information to work with broad biochemistry related projects.

General competence:

After completing KJB200, students will have a general, biomolecular expertise and a general knowledge of metabolism and genetic information storage. This will make students ready for further courses in, for example, biochemistry, molecular biology, nutrition and natural chemistry.

Learning activities:
Lectures/ activities and individual study.
Teaching support:
CANVAS. Questions can be addressed to teachers. E-mail can be sent to course responsible.
The students will receive information about which book that is recommended before the course starts.
General chemistry equivalent to KJM100.Organic chemistry equivalent to KJM110.

Recommended prerequisites:
  • Cell biology equivalent to BIO100.
Mandatory activity:
Short weekly tests 

Combined assessment. The project assignments are evaluated as a single portfolio and awarded a single grade (A-F) per group. Student evaluation will be used to evaluate the project assignments. 

The final grade (combined assessment) is awarded on the basis of a written exam (3.5 hours) (75%) and the grades of the portfolio assessment (25%).

Nominal workload:
  • Lectures/activities and project oriented activities: 70 hours
  • Individual study: 180 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
5 credits against KJB100
Type of course:

Week 1-13

6 hours of lectures and activities per week.

An external examiner approves the examination questions and marks a minimum of 25 selected exam papers.
Examination details: Combined Assessment: Letter grades