Carbohydrate Chemistry


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • Explain and show in depth understanding of the structure and chemical properties of mono- and disaccharides as well as oligo- and polysaccharides
  • Demonstrate knowledge of industrially important carbohydrates including hydrocolloids and their gelation properties
  • Explain essential aspects of glycobiology
  • Demonstrate in depth knowledge of the substrate specificity, regio- and anomeric selectivity as well as the function and catalytic mechanisms of carbohydrate active enzymes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the enzymology related to degradation and modification of plant based biomass including starch, cellulose and pectin


  • Apply and suggest methods of carbohydrate synthesis and modifications to solve problems in industrial processes and applications
  • Apply knowledge to evaluate structure in relation to functional properties of carbohydrates
  • Carry out calculations on basic carbohydrate chemical concepts
  • Perform theoretical analyses of chemical and physical methods in carbohydrate chemistry
  • Suggest relevant chemical and enzyme catalysts for chemical reactions in carbohydrate chemistry

Type of instruction

  • Lectures
  • Theoretical exercises

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examCarbohydrate Chemistry
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKulhydratkemi
Module codeK-BT-K2-9
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science