Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After completing the course the student will be able to:

     Name basic structures of cells (plant, microbe, animal)

     Present examples of the structure and function of amino acids and proteins in cells

     Describe at a general level the function of enzymes and the basics of enzyme kinetics

     Present selected cell energy metabolism and principal metabolic routes

     Produce examples of the structure and function of DNA and RNA in cells

Credits: 5

Schedule: 14.01.2021 - 14.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Sandip Bankar, Silvan Scheller

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sandip Bankar, Tero Eerikäinen, Silvan Scheller, Heli Viskari

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    A basic course in biochemistry with focus on:

         Biomolecules (carbohydrates, amino acids, lipids, nucleic acids)

         How genes code for proteins

         Basics of biocatalysis and function of proteins: enzymes and their physical, chemical, biological and catalytic properties, enzyme kinetics, stability and activity

         Basics of cell energy metabolism

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course includes lectures and group work.  Students participate in laboratory demonstrations, calculation-assignments, and carry out given assignments independently or in a group. Grading is based on group and independent assignments completed during the course (e.g. demonstrations, study groups or other summaries or midterm tests) (25%) and course examination (75%). Failure to participate in lab demonstrations leads to a reduction in points (0.75 /missed demonstration).

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 cr = 135 h

    Contact hours (36h):

    ·      Lectures 12 x 2 (1 x weekly) = 24h

    ·      demonstrations in the laboratory or other assignments 4 x 3 = 12 h

    Student Independent work (99h)

    Electronic assignments, time approximated: 5 x 3h = 15h
    Exam 4 h
    Independent study 80h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Pearson Biological Science, Sixth Edition, Freeman, Quillin, Allison, Black, Podgorski, Tylor

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-A1300 Biochemistry, CHEM-A1310 Basics of Bioscience and KE-30.2120 Biochemistry and Microbiology I

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Laboratory safety course CHEM-A1010 or CHEM-E0140 (or alternatively, laboratory safety as part of courses CHEM-A1000 or CHEM-E0100 taught before Academic Year 2017-2018) must have been passed before performing any laboratory works in this course.

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    13 Climate Action

    15 Life on Land