Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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

Credits: 5

Schedule: 28.10.2020 - 10.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Alexander Frey

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Alexander Frey

Contact information for the course (valid 12.10.2020-21.12.2112):

Alexander Frey

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    In the course three bigger units are covered and each units is accompanied with individual assignments. In addition, two group assignments need to be completed.

    Part I: Chapters 4 to 7 (DNA, Chromosomes, Genome, replication, recombination, From DNA to protein, control of gene expression)

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

    Part III: Chapters 15, 17 & 18 (Cell signaling, cell cycle, apoptosis)

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Examination and assignments

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The evaluation is based on an examination (50%) and assignments (50%). The assignments include individual (30%) and group work (20%).

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Total 135 h
    Lectures 24 h
    Assignments 40 h
    Self-study 67 h
    Exam 4 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Text book:
    • Molecular biology of the cell / Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, David Morgan, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter, 6th edition, Published: Garland Science, New York, 2014.
    • 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 / 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

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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, CHEM-C2300 and CHEM-C2330


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Overall, there are 5 deadlines for submitting the assignments:
    • Wednesday, November 11th,
      23:00 (Part
    • Friday, November 27th,
      23:00 (Part II)
    • Tuesday, December 8th, 23:00 (Part III)

    • Wednesday, November
      23:00 (Part I)
    • Friday, December 4th, 23:00 (Part II and III)