172.695 Biochemistry I (Fundamentals)
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to describe the structure and function of the most important groups of biomolecules (proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids). Furthermore, they are able to explain essential molecular biological mechanisms of the cell, the biosynthesis of DNA, RNA & proteins. Using selected examples, students can demonstrate the regulation of metabolism in the cell as well as signal transduction. They will be able to describe the function, nomenclature and properties of enzymes and to describe in detail important anabolic and catabolic metabolic pathways and their regulation (including glycolysis, citrate cycle, respiratory chain, photosynthesis, fatty acid biosynthesis and nitrogen cycle).

Subject of course

1 1. Basics of Biochemistry

2. Biomolecules

  • Proteins
  • Nucleic acids
  • Carbohydrates and lipids

3. Metabolism

  • General principles
  • Biothermodynamics
  • Enzyme und Enzymkinetik

4.1 Catabolism 

  • Carbohydrate degradation (glycolysis, NADH regeneration, pentose phosphate pathway, pyruvate degradation, respiratory chain, citric acid cycle ...)
  • Fat loss (lipases, glycerol degradation, ß-oxidation)
  • Protein degradation (proteases, amino acid degradation, urea cycle)

4.2 Anabolism

  • Photosynthesis: dark reaction and light reaction
  • Gluconeogenesis
  • Glycogen metabolism
  • Fatty acid biosynthesis
  • shuttle systems
  • Nitrogen fixation and nitrogen circulation

 4. Molecular biology

  • Biosynthesis of DNA and RNA (replication, transcription)
  • Protein Biosynthesis (Translation)
  • Metabolic Regulation & Signal Transduction

Teaching methods

Lecture with presentation slides.

The slides can be downloaded via TISS. 

The current plan is to hold the VO on campus in a face-to-face format.

Mode of examination




Course dates

Wed10:00 - 12:0029.11.2023 - 24.01.2024GM 5 Praktikum HS- TCH Biochemie I
Fri10:00 - 12:0001.12.2023 - 19.01.2024GM 5 Praktikum HS- TCH Biochemie I
Biochemistry I (Fundamentals) - Single appointments
Wed29.11.202310:00 - 12:00GM 5 Praktikum HS- TCH Biochemie I
Fri01.12.202310:00 - 12:00GM 5 Praktikum HS- TCH Biochemie I
Wed06.12.202310:00 - 12:00GM 5 Praktikum HS- TCH Biochemie I
Wed13.12.202310:00 - 12:00GM 5 Praktikum HS- TCH Biochemie I
Fri15.12.202310:00 - 12:00GM 5 Praktikum HS- TCH Biochemie I
Wed20.12.202310:00 - 12:00GM 5 Praktikum HS- TCH Biochemie I
Wed10.01.202410:00 - 12:00GM 5 Praktikum HS- TCH Biochemie I
Fri12.01.202410:00 - 12:00GM 5 Praktikum HS- TCH Biochemie I
Wed17.01.202410:00 - 12:00GM 5 Praktikum HS- TCH Biochemie I
Fri19.01.202410:00 - 12:00GM 5 Praktikum HS- TCH Biochemie I
Wed24.01.202410:00 - 12:00GM 5 Praktikum HS- TCH Biochemie I

Examination modalities

A written examination on the lecture contents. The exam lasts 120 minutes and consists of 10 tasks. These tasks are composed of: 

  • 10 questions per topic/topic area/randomly distributed over the topics Fundamentals of Biochemistry, Biomolecules, Molecular Biology, Metabolism (Anabolism & Catabolism)

A total of 100 points are awarded for the examination; 100-88 points correspond to "Very Good", 87-75 points to "Good", 74-62 points to "Satisfactory", 61-50 points to "Satisfactory" and less than 50 points to "Unsatisfactory", which means that the examination must be repeated. 

Permitted aids in the examination are: none


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Fri14:00 - 16:0001.03.2024GM 2 Radinger Hörsaal - TCH written01.02.2024 12:00 - 28.02.2024 12:00TISSBiochemie I Prüfung WS24_5

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
16.09.2023 19:00 28.12.2023 23:59 28.12.2023 23:59

Registration modalities

 There is a registration to the lecture to be able to manage the room resources.


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 290 Technical Chemistry Mandatory3. Semester
066 473 Chemical and Process Engineering for Sustainable Production Not specified
423 Subject: Chemistry Mandatory
735 Chemical Engineering Mandatory7. Semester


The power-point presentations of the lecture can be downloaded  from TISS. Literature recommendations are included. ATTENTION: they are not a script of the lecture, they merely serve the purpose to relief the student from drawing the shown slides. It is recommended to make records of the lecturers explanations.

Previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in chemistry, particularly on organic chemistry (natural components)