Credits: 5

Schedule: 30.10.2019 - 11.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Alexander Frey

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course the students will be able to:

  • Appreciate the different levels of biological organization, from molecules to cells
  • Understand the biological processes critical for cellular functioning
  • Can integrate the different processes into the proper cellular context
  • asses the function of regulatory pathways and networks at the cellular level
  • Describe the general principles of gene organization and expression
  • critically analyze experimental data

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course aims at providing the understanding of essential cellular processes (DNA replication, gene expression, protein targeting and transport, protein modification, membrane transport, secretion and endocytosis, cell signaling, regulation of cell death, cell cycle). The course focuses on eukaryotic organisms.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

In the course four bigger units are covered and each units is accompanied with assignments. During the course there will be four deadlines for submitting the assignments.

Part I: Chapters 4 & 5 (DNA, Chromosomes, Genome, replication, recombination)

Part II: Chapters 6 & 7 (From DNA to protein, control of gene expression)

Part III: Chapters 10, 12, and 13 (Membrane structures, Intracellular compartments and protein sorting, Membrane Traffic))

Part IV: Chapters 15 & 17 (Cell signaling, cell cycle)

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

lectures, assignments and self-study

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Total 135 h
Lectures 24 h
Assignments 27 h
Self-study 80 h
Exam 4 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Molecular Biology of the Cell, 6th edition, Garland Sciences

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

  • Molecular
    of the cell / Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis,
    David Morgan, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter,
    6th edition, Published: Garland Science, New York,
  • A PDF showing the exact book chapters and sections covered in the course is shown on Mycourses.
  • An older version 4th edition is available on-line:

Alternative text book: 

  • Molecular Cell Biology, by Lodish, Berk,
    Kaiser, Krieger, Scott, Bretscher, Ploegh Matsudaira,
    published by Freeman and Company. Book covers the same content as the official course text book.

Other materials:

  • Lecture notes made
    available via MyCourses pages

  • Other
    material made available via MyCourses pages

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course presupposes basic knowledge and competences in the field of Biosciences which are in content, scope and quality similar to those offered in CHEM-A1310 and CHEM-C2300.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1 – 5 grading is based on examination (75%) and assignments (25%)

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon request, the course can be completed also as a self-study course during summer (June & July). Deadline for completion is July 31 of each calendar year.


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