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: 12.01.2022 - 13.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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 durin

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

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

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    13 Climate Action

    15 Life on Land


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III-IV

    2021-2022 Spring III-IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.