KJM5310 – Biomolecular Structure and Function

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Course content

This course offers a thorough introduction to structural biology. It is up to date, covering structures at the cutting edge of current research. The focus is on protein structure and function, but carbohydrates and nucleic acids will also be covered. In addition, the course provides an introduction into experimental methods for structure determination and structure prediction.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you shall have the following competence:
• Know the structures of the most important types of biomolecules and their architectural principles
• Fundamental understanding of the relation between structure and function
• Learn the different protein classification systems and obtain more detailed knowledge of enzymes, motor proteins, viral proteins, immunoproteins, amyloids and prions, membrane proteins, and large biomolecular complexes such as fatty acid synthase and the ribosome
• Get an introduction to experimental methods for 3D structure determination, protein folding and structure prediction
• Learn how to make professional pictures of biomolecules
• Read original scientific articles and present them orally in English for your fellow students


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.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Recommended previous knowledge

KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued), KJM1110 – Organic chemistry I (continued) or equivalent. Interest in biomolecules.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with KJM9310 – BIOSTRUCT - Biomolecular structure and function

The course overlaps 9 credits with KJ 434 and 10 credits with KJM9310 – BIOSTRUCT - Biomolecular structure and function.


The course comprises 28 lecture hours, mandatory 16 hours of exercises and a compulsory literature task to be presented orally.

The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to join, the Expedition Office has to be informed in advance (phone 22 85 54 46, or e-mail ekspedisjonen@kjemi.uio.no). If you fail to register as an active student for the course in either of these ways, you will loose the access to the course for the given semester.


Oral examination. Letter grades (A-F). A passed mandatory literature task is a prerequisite for taking the exam.

This course offers new examination in the beginning of the subsequent semester for candidates who fail or withdraw during an ordinary examination.

Information about examination rules.

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.

Explanations and appeals

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


The course name was Biomolecular Structures up until Autumn 2009.

A passed literature task is only valid the semester it was approved.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

Teaching may be cancelled if less than 5 students apply. It will still be possible for students to complete compulsory activities and exam if they wish.


Every autumn

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