227-0945-00L  Cell and Molecular Biology for Engineers

SemesterAutumn Semester 2014
LecturersC. Frei
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish



Catalogue data

AbstractThe course gives an introduction into cellular and molecular biology, specifically for students with a background in engineering. The focus will be on the basic organization of eukaryotic cells, molecular mechanisms and cellular functions. Textbook knowledge will be combined with results from recent research and technological innovations in biology.
ObjectiveAfter completing this course, engineering students will be able to apply their previous training in the quantitative and physical sciences to modern biology. Students will also learn the principles how biological models are established, and how these models can be tested.
ContentLectures will include the following topics: DNA, chromosomes, RNA, protein, genetics, gene expression, membrane structure and function, vesicular traffic, cellular communication, energy conversion, cytoskeleton, cell cycle, cellular growth, apoptosis, autophagy, cancer, development and stem cells.

In addition, three journal clubs will be held, where one/two publictions will be discussed. For each journal club, students (alone or in groups of up to three students) have to write a summary and discussion of the publication. These written documents will be graded, and count as 25% for the final grade.
Lecture notesScripts of all lectures will be available.
Literature"Molecular Biology of the Cell" (5th edition) by Alberts, Johnson, Lewis, Raff, Roberts, and Walter.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersC. Frei
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 90 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationThe three written documents of the journal clubs will be graded, and count as 25% to the finale grade.
Written aidsAll scripts, notes from the lectures and the text book are allowed. Computers and other electrical devices are not allowed.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
227-0945-00 GCell and Molecular Biology for Engineers4 hrs
Tue08-10ETZ E 8 »
Wed13-15ETZ E 8 »
C. Frei

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