Biochemical Technology

10 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1KB428

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Chemistry G2F, Technology G2F
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - BMC

Learning outcomes

On completion of 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.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.