Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), 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.


The student has knowledge of:

  • All important catabolic pathways
  • Selected anabolic pathways

The student understands:

  • Basic thermodynamics relevant for metabolism (bioenergetics)
  • The importance of metabolism for biology and biotechnology

The student is able to:

  • Learn independently and manage time
  • Integrate and evaluate information from a variety of sources
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Communicate effectively through oral presentations

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 02.12.2020

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

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Silvan Scheller

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:

    The core contents are energy metabolism, glycolysis, glycogen metabolism, signal transduction, transport through membranes, citric acid cycle, electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation, alternate pathways of carbohydrate metabolism, photosynthesis, synthesis and degradation of lipids metabolism, amino acid metabolism, energy metabolis. Examples of enzyme function and modification. Applications for bioenergy and bioproducts. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Group work, learning diaries, final exam (written and/or oral). Updated information follows in MyCourses.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Majority of workload is in period I (ca. 100 h). Period II focusses on assessment + review (35 h). 


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Voet "Principles in Biochemistry" 2018 or similar.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    This year, we will have the book "Biochemistry Concepts and Connections" by Appling et al. It should be available in electronic form for the students, and there will be some online exercises related to it. 

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-E3100 Biochemistry 

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-C2330 Biochemistry is strongly recommended 

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    3 Good Health and Well-being

    4 Quality Education

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action



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