Course code KJB310

KJB310 Protein Chemistry

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Course responsible: Gustav Vaaje-Kolstad
Teachers: Vincentius Gerardus Henricus Eijsink, Lars Skjeldal
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
The minimum number of students needed for the course to be offered is 5.
The maximum number of students that may take the course is 50.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:
Course contents:

The lectures start 4-6 weeks before the exercises, in order to give the necessary theoretical background. The exercise part is based on a full day per week with a teacher present. It is strongly advised to participate in an active way in the computer exercise since this is of paramount importance for understanding the topics.

Basic knowledge in bioinformatics and use of computers is an advantage. Those who do not have these skills are advised to run through an introductory course in bioinformatics that can be found in the archive of the Fronter. A journal from the exercises has to be approved before the exam.

It should be emphasized that this course is intended for master degree students and requires the ability to work independently in the field using computers and the internet.

Learning outcome:

Basic knowledge on how proteins are built up and on protein structures.
Give an understanding of the significance of a protein"s structure for its stability and biological activity and of how the structure of a protein may be determined.
Understanding and practical use of the most common bioinformatics tools used to study the structure and function of proteins.
Discussion of various types of proteins and their biological functions.
Protein folding and the role of proteins in disease.
Protein engineering and directed evolution.

The students will gain experience in how to prepare and deliver effective oral and written presentations of technical information and scientific results. They will learn to think critically and solve complex and multidisciplinary problems, as well as learn to accurately interpret current research literature.

Learning activities:


Weekly exercises with a teacher present, in which students work in pairs on a computer, using databases and analysis tools on the Internet.

Students hand in a journal.

Seminar where students present a topic.

Teaching support:

Questioning hours wil be organized right before the exam.
One teacher will be available for questions during the weekly exercises.


Arthur M. Lesk: Introduction to Protein Science, Oxford University Press, Second Edition 2010, together with lectures, course booklets and seminars.
Biochemistry equivalent to KJB200.
Recommended prerequisites:

Bioinformatics equivalent to BIN210.

Biochemistry lab., equivalent to KJB201 or KJB210. 

Mandatory activity:
Participitation in a seminar organized at the end of the course, where students present a course topic or a scientific paper.
Written examination, 3.5 hours, counts 100 %.
Nominal workload:
Lectures: 35 hours.
Exercises with a journal: 80 hours.
Individual study: 185 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
There is some overlap with BIN210, this does not reduce the number of credits earned, however.
Type of course:

Lectures: 35 hours.
Exercises: 64 hours.
Seminar: 2 hours.

Per normal week:
4 hours lectures
8 hours exercise.

An external examiner approves the examination questions and marks 25 randomly selected examination papers.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått