TBT4102 - Biochemistry 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Biochemistry-1 introduces students to chemical processes in living organisms as well as the molecular basis of life. The structure and function of cellular components such as carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids are covered in Biochemistry-1. This course will teach you about:

  • Amino acids, as well as the chemical structure and spatial arrangement of proteins.
  • The mechanism and kinetics of enzymes.
  • Biochemical energetics and cell energy turnover principles.
  • Metabolic principles, including how carbohydrates and lipids are converted into energy and how they are biosynthesized.
  • The function of biological membranes and the transport processes that occur across them.
  • The chemical structures of nucleic acids, as well as information on RNA and DNA metabolism
  • Protein synthesis, transcription, and replication

Learning outcome


  • Can describe the structure and function of the biochemically important compounds carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.
  • Interpret the spatial structure of proteins, how enzymes work, and calculate enzyme kinetics.
  • Explain energy turnover and metabolic processes.
  • Can explain glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, the electron transport chain, and lipid catabolism.
  • Can explain photosynthesis, carbohydrate, and lipid anabolism.
  • Can describe the synthesis of DNA (replication), synthesis of RNA (transcription) and protein synthesis (translation).


  • Describe the chemical structure of biomolecules
  • Be able to show the protein's spatial structure and the way enzymes work.
  • Describe the energy turnover and metabolic processes.
  • Discuss the biochemical processes of DNA replication, RNA transcription, and protein synthesis.
  • Carry out simple biochemical experiments under guidance.
  • Be able to interpret and describe in your own words the results from biochemical laboratory experiments in simple reports.

General competence

  • Can explain biochemical topics.
  • Can describe scientific results in their own words.

Learning methods and activities

Forms and activities for learning

Lectures and group-based exercises. Compulsory laboratory exercises with written reports and submission of theoretical exercises.

Compulsory activities

Approved laboratory exercises and theoretical exercises.

Compulsory assignments

  • Laboratory exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge


It is assumed that the students have general chemistry knowledge equivalent to KJ1000 or TMT4115.

Course materials

D.L. Nelson, & M.M. Cox: Lehninger. Principles of Biochemistry, E-book via Achieve Platform from Macmillan learning.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TBT4160 3.7 AUTUMN 2008
TBT4100 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
HBIOA1003 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
HBIOT1014 6.0 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2023-06-01

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biotechnology and Food Science


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-07 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 2
SL120 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 10
SL326 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL311 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 86
SL311 brun sone Sluppenvegen 14 82
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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