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 Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science