KJM1140 – Biochemistry 1 for Chemists

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

This course offers a theoretical and practical introduction to biochemistry, primarily aimed at chemistry students. Central topics are the structure, function, and properties of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you:

  • know the organization of biological systems in cells and organelles, and have basic knowledge of cell membranes
  • have good knowledge of the properties, structure, and function of biological molecules, such as nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids
  • understand how enzymes act as biological catalysts based on fundamental principles in organic and physical chemistry
  • have knowledge about DNA replication, protein synthesis, and biosignaling, and understand general concepts of metabolism and photosynthesis
  • have an overview of experimental techniques in molecular biology, protein chemistry and the structural characterization of biological molecules
  • are able to complete laboratory exercises in molecular biology, protein chemistry, and enzyme kinetics, use simple statistical methods and evaluate your results in the form of laboratory journals and reports

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The following courses must be passed before the first compulsory laboratory training in KJM1140:

Chemistry 2 from Norwegian upper secondary school.

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes:

  • 52 hours of lectures (26 hours in plenary and 26 hours of group teaching)
  • 26 hours of laboratory exercises
  • A mandatory laboratory course of 30 hours (6 days of 5 hours each, including pre labs and lab reports).

Attendance at the first plenary lecture and at the first group teaching is mandatory. If you are unable to join the first lecture, the Department of Chemistry has to be informed in advance otherwise, you will lose access to the course for the given semester. Then it is mandatory to participate in 30% of the group teaching and 30% of the laboratory exercises. This course also has a mandatory poster presentation.

The following must be approved before you can sit the final exam:

  • Attendance and participation in lectures and lab exercises
  • The poster presentation
  • The laboratory course

In order to get the laboratory course approved, all exercises must be completed and all of the pre labs and lab reports must be approved. Approval of the lab course is valid for an additional six semesters after it was taken. After that time, the lab course will need to be retaken before qualifying for the exam.

Before you can attend the mandatory laboratory courses, you have to have passed the following courses:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0503 and HMS0505 when you attend the first mandatory wet lab.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


  • Final written exam (4 hours), which counts 100% towards the final gade.

This course has mandatory exercises that must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: BIOS1130 – Biokjemi I, MBV1050 – Biochemistry I: Structure and function of biomolecules (discontinued)

Examination support material

Approved calculator. The calculator must fulfill the requirements specified by The Department of Mathematics (only in Norwegian).

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) July 11, 2020 2:18:42 PM

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