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Plant chemistry and biochemistry

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Academic year 2019/2020

Plant chemistry and biochemistry (KE0070-30094)

2020-01-20 - 2020-03-24

Syllabus and other information


KE0070 Plant chemistry and biochemistry, 15.0 Credits

Växters kemi och biokemi


Biology Chemistry

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirementsBachelor’s level (G1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 5 credits Chemistry or Chemistry 2


After completing the course, the student shall be able to:

- describe central chemical concepts and relationships and solve chemical problems.

- describe the relationships between the units mass, amount of substance and molar mass and the relationship between the units concentration, amount of substance and volume, and the relation between these.

- make calculations of pH and pOH and relate these to the concentration of hydrogen ions.

- show a general understanding of biochemical processes in the plant cell that accounts for energy supply and energy consumption.

- at a general level account for different groups of molecules regarding structure, synthesis, metabolism and functions in the plant cell

- carry out basic laboratory methods in chemistry and biochemistry.


The course includes basic knowledge and laboratory training in chemistry and biochemistry.

The course contains the following sections:

- atomic models, distribution structure of electrons and chemical bondings.

- redox reactions, balancing of chemical formulae and stoichiometry.

- acids and bases, the acid-base reaction, buffer, titration and the concepts of pH and pOH.

- the structure, nomenclature and functional groups of organic molecules

- theory of dominating biomolecules including amino acids, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids

- the energy supply of the plant cell

- the metabolism of lipids

- photosynthesis, carbon assimilation and carbon allocation.

- cell respiration

- the primary nitrogen and sulfur metabolism

- introduction to secondary metabolites

- introduction to methods for studying biomolecules

Scheduled laboratory sessions and presentations are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

The examination consists of written examinations and written and oral presentations of laboratory work. To pass the course, approved examination, passed reports and participation in compulsory course components are required.
- If a student has failed an examination, the examiner has the right to issue supplementary assignments. This applies if it is possible and there are grounds to do so.
- The examiner can provide an adapted assessment to students entitled to study support for students with disabilities following a decision by the university. Examiners may also issue an adapted examination or provide an alternative way for the students to take the exam.
- If this syllabus is withdrawn, SLU may introduce transitional provisions for examining students admitted based on this syllabus and who have not yet passed the course.
- For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

- The right to participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies for the course instance the student was admitted to and registered on.

- If there are special reasons, students are entitled to participate in components with compulsory attendance when the course is given again. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
Replaces: BI1146, BI1262

Litterature list

  1. Plant Physiology and Development Författare: Lincoln Taiz ISBN: 9781605357454 Kommentar: Den här boken är rekommenderad läsning (även äldre versioner av samma bok går fint). Ni kommer även att få utdelat annat material under kursens gång.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Cycle: Bachelor’s level (G1F)
Subject: Biology Chemistry
Course code: KE0070 Application code: SLU-30148 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: Swedish Pace: 100%