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

Semester Autumn Semester 2017
Lecturers C. Frei
Periodicity yearly course
Language of instruction English
Comment This course is part I of a two-semester course.

Catalogue data

Abstract The 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.
Objective After 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.
Content Lectures 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 (part I: 1 Journal club, part II: 2 Journal Clubs). 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 notes Scripts of all lectures will be available.
Literature "Molecular Biology of the Cell" (6th 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 two-semester course together with 227-0945-10L Cell and Molecular Biology for Engineers II (next semester)
For programme regulations Bachelor's Programme in Computer Science 2008; Version 24.02.2016
Bachelor's Programme in Computer Science 2016
Master's Programme in Biomedical Engineering 2013
Master's Programme in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology 2009; Version 03.07.2015
Master's Programme in Mechanical Engineering 2005; Version 23.05.2012
ECTS credits 6 credits
Performance assessment as a semester course (other programmes)
ECTS credits 3 credits
Examiners C. Frei
Type session examination
Language of examination English
Course attendance confirmation required No
Repetition The performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examination written 45 minutes
Additional information on mode of examination One written document of the journal club will be graded, and counts 25% to the final grade.

Usually, this course will be examined as an annual course at the end of the spring semester.
Written aids All scripts, slides and notes from the lectures are allowed. The text book, 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.

Learning materials

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Only public learning materials are listed.


Number Title Hours Lecturers
227-0945-00 G Cell and Molecular Biology for Engineers I
Course takes place from September 21 to November 23, 2017
3 hrs
Thu 13-16 ETZ H 91 »
C. Frei


There are no additional restrictions for the registration.

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