Steady-state enzyme kinetics is a cornerstone technique of biochemistry and related sciences since it allows the characterization and quantification of enzyme behaviour. Enzyme kinetics is widely used to investigate the physiological role of enzymes, determine the effects of mutations and characterize enzyme inhibitors. Well-known examples of enzyme inhibitors used to treat diseases include anti-infectives (e.g., penicillin, clavulanic acid and HIV protease inhibitors); anti-inflammatories (e.g., aspirin and ibuprofen); cholesterol-lowering statins; tyrosine kinase inhibitors used to treat cancer; and Viagra. Commonly, new disease treatments are discovered by using enzyme kinetics to identify the few active compounds residing within a large compound collection (‘high-throughput screening’). The subject of enzyme kinetics is typically introduced to first-year undergraduates with a mathematical description of behaviour. This Beginners Guide will give a brief overview of experimental enzyme kinetics and the characterization of enzyme inhibitors. Colorimetric assays using a microtitre plate will be considered, although most principles also apply to other assays.