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This course is an introductory course that will focus on basic concepts in biochemistry. The course deals with an understanding of biological macromolecules: proteins, carbohydrates,lipids, and nucleic acids. The structure and functional roles of the macromolecules will be studied in addition to fundamentals of enzyme chemistry: kinetics, mechanisms, inhibition,structure and mechanism. The course will also touch upon the basics of membrane transport and bioenergetic principles. After completion of the course, the students should be able to understand the chemical properties and three-dimensional structure of these biological macromolecules in relationship to their biological function.

Core course BSc/MSc/MS/PhD

Basic concepts in Chemistry and Biology

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Professor Dasgupta completed her B.Sc. (Hons) from Presidency College,
Calcutta, M.Sc. from IIT Kanpur and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
USA. Her research interests in Protein Chemistry encompass protein–protein
and protein-small molecule interactions and protein structure analyses. She has
contributed to teaching and research at IIT Kharagpur for the past 20 years,
guided 21 students to date with 130+ publications. The main focus of research
includes the study of polyphenols and their interactions with biomacromolecules.
She has received several awards including the CRSI Bronze medal in 2016 and
has been elected as a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences Bangalore in


Week 1. Amino Acids

Week 2. Protein Structure

Week 3. Protein Structure (continued)

Week 4. Enzymes

Week 5. Enzymes (continued)

Week 6. Enzyme mechanisms

Week 7. Lipids and Membranes

Week 8. Nucleic acids

Week 9.   Vitamins and Coenzymes

Week 10. Carbohydrates

Week 11. Bioenergetics

Week 12. Metabolism 

1. Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 6th edition, by David L. Nelson and Michael M. Cox. 
2. Biochemistry by Voet and Voet 

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exam: April 28th 2019 (Sunday).
  • Time of Exam: Morning session 9am to 2 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.