By Prof. Swagata Dasgupta   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 5087
ABOUT THE COURSE : 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.
PREREQUISITES : Basic concepts in Chemistry and Biology
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemistry
  • Biosciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

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

Books and references

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

Instructor bio

Prof. Swagata Dasgupta

IIT Kharagpur
Professor Dasgupta is a completed her B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry from Presidency College, Kolkata. She obtained her M.Sc. from IIT Kanpur and Ph.D. from RPI, USA. She joined IIT Kharagpur in 1995 and started research in the areas of protein–protein, protein-small molecule interactions and protein structure analyses. The unique feature of her work is the blend of experimental protein chemistry with in-depth structural analysis. She is the recipient CRSI (Chemical research Society of India) Bronze medal (2016) and the Darshan Ranganathan Memorial Lecture Award of CRSI (2013). She was elected Fellow of the West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (2014). Her teaching contributions range from classroom teaching, web-course development, introduction of new courses and teaching laboratories, development of curriculum and initiation of research in a new area in the department. Her NPTEL online course in Biochemistry has been very well received. She has delivered many popular lectures to scholars and students and has been invited to inspire young women to science. She is also a former member of the Women’s Scientist Scheme of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and is currently a member of the core committee for early career scientists in Chemical Sciences of DST. She has guided 14 Ph.D. students and has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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