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Biochemistry, continuation

The course is aimed at those who wish to learn more about molecular regulation of biological processes during normal development and disease. The lectures are interspersed with practical exercises and brainstorming seminars so that you will have the best possible conditions to grasp biochemical principles through discussing and reflecting on their relevance to everyday life. The previous knowledge in the basics of chemistry is required.

Remarkable precision, perfection and logic of biomolecules and biochemical pathways achieved during evolution underlie all aspects of surrounding life and human activities. Likewise, scientific progress in biochemistry is immense and is a driving force of medicine, biotechnology, agriculture, and food industry among other areas. Irrespective of what path of career you will chose in future, biochemical knowledge will always help and sometimes will be even critically necessary in problem-solving.

Instead of providing you with all-embracing theoretical knowledge of biochemistry, which would take many years of studies, the course shall rather make you interested in the subject

and help navigate you in finding explanations for various biological phenomena. Furthermore, the course will facilitate your better understanding of cell biology, immunology and genetics, i.e. other subjects closely related to biochemistry.

Course evaluation

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KE0064-30256 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for KE0064

Academic year 2019/2020

Biochemistry, continuation (KE0064-30056)

2020-02-20 - 2020-03-24

Academic year 2018/2019

Biochemistry, continuation (KE0064-30114)

2019-02-21 - 2019-03-25

Academic year 2017/2018

Biochemistry, continuation (KE0064-30006)

2018-02-15 - 2018-03-20

Academic year 2016/2017

Biochemistry, continuation (KE0064-30002)

2017-02-16 - 2017-03-21


KE0064 Biochemistry, continuation, 7.5 Credits

Biokemi, fortsättningskurs


Biology Chemistry

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Single module 7.5 0201

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements(G1F)

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

Knowledge and skills in fundamentals of chemistry corresponding to 15 hp


The aim of the course is to give advanced knowledge and skills within biochemistry.

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

1. account at a general level for different technologies for analysis and structural studies of proteins

2. describe and illustrate principles of enzyme catalysis, kinetics and regulation

3. identify structural and functional parts in protein stuctures and relate to the function of the protein (e g catalytic mechanism at enzymes, receptor mechanism)

4. account at a general level for methods to generate and use biological information (gene technology and bioinformatics)

5. describe how lipids carbohydrates and proteins are metabolized and synthesised

6. present and discuss metabolism in connection with overweight nutritional intake, training, starvation, diabetes

7. relate symptoms on deficit/surplus/genetic defects to metabolic disturbances at a biochemical level

8. present biochemical problem-solving in the form of seminars

9. carry out basic biochemical experiments according to instruction, to analyse results obtained and to present these in writing


Lectures, teaching sessions, laboratory sessions, seminars and exercises are used in the course.

Course introduction, laboratory introduction, seminar, certain exercises as well as laboratory sessions and presentations of these are compulsory components.

Written and oral presentations are carried out through presentations of laboratory results and at seminar presentations.

The course consists of both biochemical theory and of biochemical laboratory sessions.

The following items are treated in lectures, teaching sessions, seminars and laboratory sessions:

- technologies for purification, analysis and structural studies of proteins

- gene technology, bioinformatics, "omics" (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics), recombinant gene expression

- enzymes: catalytic mechanisms, regulation of activity, allosteri, efficiency, specificity, enzyme-assays

-carbohydrate metabolism: the pentose phosphate pathway, gluconeogenesis, the glykogen, reciprocal regulation

- metabolism of fats, lipids, amino acids, proteins, nucleotides, nitrogen metabolism

- integration of metabolism: nutritional intake, homeostasis, hormonal control, body weight, BMI, overweight, training, starvation, alcohol

-membrane channels, pumps, signal transduction, sensory systems, receptors

Formats and requirements for examination

Examination formats: Written examination, compulsory presentations of laboratory components and of written assignments, compulsory laboratory components and written assignments.

Passing the course requires:

Approved examination, approved laboratory reports and passed written assignments and approved participation in compulsory activities.
  • 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

The entry requirements can be achieved e g by having followed the courses in basic chemistry I and II comprising in total 22.5 credits with at least 15 credits passed results.

Some learning activities may be conducted in English.

Responsible department

Department of Molecular Sciences

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Molekylärbiologi
Replaces: BI0859

Grading criteria

After completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Examine and explain the relationships between structure of a macromolecule, especially of a protein, its biochemical activity and its functional role in a particular biochemical pathway.
  2. Examine and explain the role of a particular biochemical pathway in normal development and disease, at the cellular and organismal levels.
  3. Discuss basic metabolism and integrate major metabolic processes into health and disease states.

Learning goal

Grading criteria

3 (G)

4 (VG)

5 (MVG)


Describe how protein activity can be regulated by altering its structure.

Describe and illustrate how protein activity and the whole biochemical pathway can be regulated by altering protein structure.

Correlate protein structure, protein activity and biochemical pathway in the context of normal development and disease, at the cellular and organismal levels.


Describe the role of basic biochemical pathways in normal development and disease.

Connect cellular and organismal roles of biochemical pathways in the context of normal development and disease.


Describe major metabolic processes and how they are regulated.

Compare major metabolic processes in health versusdisease.

Reflect on health and disease states from metabolome viewpoint.

NB! All compulsory parts of the course should be fulfilled for all grades; i.e. participation in all computer practicals, group exercises, invited seminars and student seminar presentations.

Litterature list

  1. Biochemistry Författare: J.M. Berg, J.L. Tymoczko, G.J. Gatto, Jr., L. Stryer ISBN: 978-1-319-11467-1 [Biochemistry] ( Kommentar: Sidhänvisningar ges till senaste upplagan 9th edition. Tidigare upplagor 8th och 7th ed fungerar också.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Chemistry
Course code: KE0064 Application code: SLU-30256 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Molecular Sciences Pace: 100%