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KFKN10 Biophysical Chemistry


Course schedule

The next course starts on Monday October 31, 2016 and ends on December 14.
Lectures are usually at 10:15–12:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and at 08:15–10:00 on Tuesdays.

A detailed course schedule is available for download here.
A more complete version of the information on this webpage is available here.



The course compendium can be purchased (250 kr) at the first lecture (Oct 31).


A set of problems (“inlämningsuppgifter”) is handed out on the Wednesday lecture in course weeks 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 and your solutions should be returned before the Wednesday lecture the following week. Solving problems is the best way to learn. The assignments are therefore an important part of this course and this is reflected in the grading (see below).

Lab sessions

There are three lab excercises:

  • Protein databases and computer graphics (KC:Hydragyrum)
  • Optical spectroscopy: fluorescence and circular dichroism (biophys lab, floor +2, building II)
  • NMR spectroscopy (NMR lab, floor 0, building I)

All lab sessions start at 13:15 and should be completed by 17:00. Each lab exercise is given on 2 – 4 occasions (see the course schedule). The students choose lab groups at the first lecture (Oct 31).


Each student makes an oral presentation of a research topic chosen from a list. These presentations take place on regular lecture time. Two students collaborate on each presentation.
Instructions are available here and the final presentation schedule is here.
The research papers for each topic can be downloaded here.


There is no final exam, but 2/3 through the course there will be a 120-minute "midterm" exam, designed to test conceptual understanding rather than memorization of facts. During the midterm exam, you can make use of the course text and your notes.


To pass the course, you must have

  • completed all three lab exercises
  • made an oral presentation and prepared questions for another presentation
  • obtained at least 10 out of 30 points on each assignment set;
  • obtained an assignment score (AS) of at least 50%
  • obtained a midterm score (MS) of at least 30%
  • obtained a course score (CS) of at least 50%

AS is the percentage of the maximum number of points received on the assignments and MS is the percentage of the maximum number of points received on the midterm exam.  Your grade is determined by the course score, CS  =  (AS + MS)/2, according to:

 grade         requirement     

    3            50 ≤ CS < 65

    4            65 ≤ CS < 80

    5            80 ≤ CS ≤ 100