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.


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: 13.09.2021 - 14.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Silvan Scheller, Jenny Thors

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:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

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

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Voet "Principles in Biochemistry" 2018 or similar.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    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


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Compulsory for Biotechnology students. Recommended for Biosystems and Biomaterials engineering (LifeTech).

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-II

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II

    Course Homepage:

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