Biochemical Technology

10 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1KB428

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Chemistry G2F, Technology G2F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 6 March 2018
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - BMC

Learning outcomes

After having completed the course the student should be able to:

  • produce, isolate, identify and characterize biomolecules, with emphasis on proteins and nucleic acids
  • plan and carry out biochemical engineering projects, incl. compilation and evaluation of obtained results
  • critically evaluate experimental results, discuss strengths and weaknesses of different biochemical methods, suggest alternative methods
  • analyse nucleic acid and protein sequences, their different structural levels, and use this information to predict the properties of these molecules
  • describe how biomolecules can be used for different scientific purposes, eg development and production of drugs as well as medical, diagnostic and biotechnological products
  • compare research/development and industrial processes and explain how upscaling can be achieved
  • explain how GMP/GLP is applied in industrial production

Technical and industrial perspectives are taken into account in all objectives.



  • Strategies and methods for production, isolation and characterization of biomolecules (synthesis / biological production, chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy, etc.)
  • Peptide and nucleic acid synthesis
  • Genetic engineering and directed evolution
  • Preparation of recombinant and tailored proteins
  • Immobilization of biomolecules on solid phases
  • Current techniques for sequencing, structure determination and analysis of biomolecules, bioinformatics and structure-function relationships
  • Qualitative and quantitative studies of molecular interactions, enzyme kinetics, membrane biokemistry, enzyme reactors
  • Examples of biotechnological, medical and other scientific uses of proteins

Laboratory work

  • Protein expression, purification and characterization as a cohesive project.
  • Protein-ligand interaction
  • Development and use of enzyme reactor


Lectures, seminars, tutorials. group work and laboratory work and possibly study.


Written examination (6 credits). Tutorials, laboratory work and other compulsory parts correspond to 4 credits. The final grade is given as a weighted average of the written examination and the other examined components.