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Biochemistry and intermediary metabolism

The course intends to give basic knowledge, and laboratory training in chemistry, biochemistry and molecular cell biology.

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Academic year 2021/2022

Biochemistry and intermediary metabolism (BI1390-20001)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16


BI1390 Biochemistry and intermediary metabolism, 15.0 Credits

Biokemi och intermediär ämnesomsättning



Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Biochemistry – Basic chemistry 4.0 0102
Biochemistry – Exercises and laboratory work 3.0 0103
Biochemistry – Intermediate metabolism 8.0 0104

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirementsBachelor’s level (G1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

• Biology 2, Biology B

• Chemistry 2, Chemistry B

• Mathematics 3, Mathematics C


The course intends to give basic knowledge, and laboratory training in chemistry, biochemistry and molecular cell biology.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

- account for basic concepts and carry out calculations within stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium and basic thermodynamics,

- account for structure and function of DNA, RNA and the flow of genetic information,

- identify and account for the cell most important biomolecules regarding structure and function,

- use and explain certain biochemical methods and account for experimental results,

- account for the cell structure with its anabolic and catabolic processes

- account for metabolic interaction in different nutritional conditions,

- perform basic laboratory components with safety and precision.


The course intends to give basic chemical and biochemical concepts and processes such as various types of chemical binding, stoichiometry, acid/base equilibrium and thermodynamics, structure and function of the molecules of life and enzymatic catalysis and kinetics. The structure of the cell, the function of organelles, membrane and transport of different subjects through membrane. The metabolism and bioenergetics from a nutritional perspective of the cell and the body.

In the course, lectures, laboratory work, seminars and group exercises according to student-activating teaching are included. Compulsory components occur within e g exercises, seminar, group exercises and laboratory sessions.

Following general skills are trained in the course: written and oral communication, formulate laboratory reports, analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written and oral examination. Approved participation in compulsory components.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Some lectures may be performed in English.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Nutrition and Management

Cooperating departments:

Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry Department of Molecular Sciences

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Biology field: Molekylärbiologi
Replaces: Ersätter: HV0120

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Litterature list

Huvudsaklig kursbok -Biokemi och intermediär ämnesomsättning:

1a) Lippincott´s Illustrated Reviews: Biochemistry

**Författare: **Emine E Abali, Susan D Cline, David S Franklin, Dr Susan M Viselli
**ISBN: **9781975155117
**Kommentar: **Vi kommer huvudsakligen använda den här boken som kurslitteratur men det är fritt att välja även andra biokemiböcker. Det går bra även med äldre upplagor av boken.

Förslag på alternativ biokemibok:

1b) Biochemistry 6 or 7th ed.

**Länk: **
**Författare: **Jeremy M. Berg, John L. Tymoczko och Lubert Stryer
**ISBN: **0-7167-8724-5
**Kommentar: **Alternativ bok för den intresserade. Mer detaljerad bok

Kurslitteratur för Allmänkemimodul

2) Chemical principles

**Länk: **
**Författare: **Zumdahl/DeCoste
**ISBN: **9781305581982
**Kommentar: **Kursbok för allmänkemidelen av kursen. 8e upplagan. I e-boksformat är den billigare. Värt att notera dock: På kursens canvassida kommer det läggas upp en pdf-fil, som är en förkortad version av Chemical principles av Zumdahl/Decoste, Den kommer man kunna ladda ner gratis och duger bra för denna kurs.

3) Essential Cellbiology

**Länk: **
**Författare: **Alberts, Bruce, Bray, Dennis, Hopkin, Karen, Johnson, Alexander, Lewis, Julian
**ISBN: **9780815345749
**Kommentar: **Boken finns som inbunden eller i paperback format. Använd senaste upplagan om möjligt. Essential cellbiology kommer även att användas i kommande programkurs (Molekylär cellbiologi och mikrobiologi).

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Animal Science and Sustainability (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level (G1N)
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1390 Application code: SLU-20145 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Animal Nutrition and Management Pace: 100%