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.


Knowledge: biophysics, chemistry, role of biological molecules in the living organism, modeling and simulation techniques, quantum mechanical phenomena in biology, spectroscopy and advance microscopy techniques.

Skills: give presentations and compose essays on multidisciplinary topics spanning physics, chemistry and biology; approach topics with a critical mindset and give appropriate feedback to your peers.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.01.2024 - 23.02.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ilkka Tittonen, Caterina Soldano

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Encompassing annually varying topics in molecular physics, biophysics, and molecular quantum mechanics, this course gives fundamental knowledge of biological molecules and physical insight into biological systems. The course contains lectures, exercises, student presentations, written essays and a final exam. Attendance is rewarded.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The acquired knowledge is assessed from the contents of the presentation (25%), of the essay (25%) and the exam results (25%).

    The acquired skills are assessed on the presentation performance, the clarity of the essay, the review homework and eventual group work (25%).

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course contains annually slightly varying topics in molecular physics, biological physics and molecular quantum mechanics. The course contains lectures, exercises and individual writing topics.

    Lectures: 24 h

    Student presentation (preparation and performance): 30 h

    Scientific writing (essay): 30 h

    Review exercise: 8 h

    Exam: 2 h

    Independent study: 42 h


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III
    2023-2024 Spring III

    Enrollment :

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