BMB540: Physical Biochemistry (5 ECTS)

STADS: 01016601

Bachelor course

Teaching period
The course is offered in the autumn semester.

Teacher responsible
Daniel Wüstner, Lektor, Ph.d.
Tlf.: 6550 2405 Email:
Himanshu Khandelia, Lektor, Ph.D.
Tlf.: 6550 3510 Email:

Group Type Day Time Classroom Weeks Comment
Common I Monday 10-12 U150 41
Common I Monday 14-16 U48A 43
Common I Monday 14-16 U55 44
Common I Thursday 12-14 U48A 37-41,45-47
Common I Friday 10-12 U20 44
H1 TE Monday 12-14 U155 38-41,43-44
H1 TE Monday 12-14 U154 45-46
H1 TL Thursday 08-12 U150 45
H1 TL Thursday 08-12 Red Lab 46
H1 TE Friday 15-17 U17 47
H2 TE Wednesday 10-12 U21 44
H2 TL Wednesday 14-18 U27A 45
H2 TL Wednesday 14-18 Red Lab 46
H2 TE Thursday 12-14 U155 43
H2 TE Thursday 12-14 U144 48
H2 TE Friday 12-14 U155 38-41,45-46
H2 TE Friday 10-12 U17 47
H3 TL Monday 14-18 U28A 45
H3 TL Monday 14-18 Red Lab 46
H3 TE Tuesday 12-14 U30 38-41,43-46
H3 TE Friday 13-15 U17 47
H4 TL Tuesday 14-18 U9 45
H4 TL Tuesday 14-18 Red Lab 46
H4 TE Wednesday 12-14 U30 38-41,44-46
H4 TE Wednesday 12-14 U17 43
H4 TE Friday 08-10 U17 47
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Academic preconditions:
Students taking the course are expected to:

Course introduction
The aim of the course is to enable the student to interpret biochemical systems quantitatively, which is important in regard to a deeper understanding of metabolic and genetic regulation of cellular processes. The course will introduce the basic concepts of physical chemistry with applications in classical biochemistry and molecular cell biology.

The course will provide knowledge of physico-chemical principles of bio-macromolecular organization and cell function.

The course builds on the knowledge acquired in the courses listed under academic preconditions below, and gives an academic basis for studying the topics of the bachelor project but also of courses, such as advanced molecular biology and metabolic regulation as well as bioanalytical instrumentation and advanced microscopi, which are part of the degree.

In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:

Expected learning outcome
The learning objective of the course is that the student demonstrates the ability to: Subject overview
The following main topics are contained in the course:
First part, taught by FKF teacher.

Second Part, taught by BMB teacher.


This course uses e-learn (blackboard).

Prerequisites for participating in the exam
  1. Paticipation in laboratory exercises and approval of written reports. Internal evaluation by the teacher on a pass/fail basis. Students must get at least ¾ of the assignments apporved. The prerequisite aims at exam a). (01016612).
Assessment and marking:
  1. Written exam. Evaluation by internal censorship according to the 7-mark scale. No exam aids are allowed. A closer description of the exam rules will be posted under 'Course Information' on Blackboard. (5 ECTS). (01016602).
Expected working hours
The teaching method is based on three phase model.
Intro phase: 22 hours
Skills training phase: 26 hours, hereof:
 - Tutorials: 18 hours
 - Laboratory exercises: 8 hours

Educational activities
Activities in the studyphase
Educational form
The lectures introduce the concepts and set the stage for the lab activities in the training phase. The exercises will be primarily used for solving calculation problems. This is in our opinion the best way to allow the students to get familiar with quantitative thinking and the theoretical concepts.

This course is taught in Danish or English, depending on the lecturer. However, if international students participate, the teaching language will always be English.

The course can not be followed by students who have passed KE523 Physical chemistry.

Course enrollment
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Tuition fees for single courses
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