551-0105-00L  Fundamentals of Biology IA

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersM. Aebi, E. Hafen
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


AbstractThe course provides an introduction to the basics of molecular- and cell biology and genetics.
ObjectiveIntroduction to modern biology and to principal biological concepts.
ContentThe course is divided into several chapters:
1. Basic principles of Evolution.
2. Chemistry of Life: Water; Carbon and molecular diversity; biomolecules
3. The cell: structure; membrane structure and function, cell cycle
4. Metabolism: Respiration; Photosynthesis; Fermentation
5. Inheritance: meiosis and sexual reproduction; Mendelian genetics, chromosomal basis of inheritance, molecular basis of inheritance, from gene to protein, regulation of gene expression; genomes and their evolution
Lecture notesNone.
LiteratureThe text-book "Biology" (Campbell, Reece) (10th edition) is the basis of the course.
The structure of the course is largely identical with that of the text-book.
Prerequisites / NoticeCertain sections of the text-book must be studied by self-instruction.