NKEK14015U The Chemistry of Metal Ions in Biological Systems
MSc Programme in Biology-Biotechnology
MSc Programme in Chemistry
MSc Programme in Biochemistry
MSc Programme in Environmental Science
The central purpose is to illustrate how metal ions are
essential for life. Their function may range from the simple charge
balance and structural role to the complex roles in which they
transfer electrons, break bonds, make bonds or control biochemical
The objective of this course is to give the students a
thorough introduction to the function of metal ions in biological
systems and make the students able to analyze the structure and
function of metal ion containing biomolecules.
A textbook on the topic could be: Bertini, Gray, Stiefel & Valentine Biological Inorganic Chemistry – Structure & Reactivity, University Science Books, USA + notes and articles. See Absalon for detailed information on the textbook.
Course in chemistry like: General Chemistry for Life Sciences,
Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences.
Course in biochemistry like: Biochemistry 1 or Chemistry of Macromolecules, Cofactors and Metal Ions in Biological Systems.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 30 min.The oral examination (with 30 min. preparation) includes a presentation of the written report.
- Exam registration requirements
Presentation and critique of an article in journal club sessions. Delivery and acceptance of a written project report (10-15 pages) made throughout the course. The written report should be handed in at least 1 week before the oral exam.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Same as ordinary exam.
After adjustments the written report can be submitted again no later than 2 weeks before the reexam.
Criteria for exam assesment
See Learning Outcome
- Theory exercises
- Project work