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Course BIO-ZBI-17-K-5

Molecular Cell Biology (S, 3.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
- S Reading course 3.0 CP 20 h 70 h
(S) 3.0 CP 20 h 70 h


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in WiSe
Level [5] Master (Entry Level)
Language [EN] English
Area of study [BIO-ZBI] Cell Biology
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active

Possible Study achievement

  • Verification of study performance: continuous and active participation in the courses
  • Details of the examination (type, duration, criteria) will be announced at the beginning of the course.


− The students will read chapters of the book “Pollard, Earnshaw: Cell Biology”, hear introductory and summary lectures, and engage in daily discussions with peers and the teacher regarding the following topics: Basic chemical and physical concepts; Membrane structure and function; Storage and expression of genetic information; Biogenesis, traffic and functions of cellular membrane systems; Reception and transduction of environmental information; Cellular interactions; Cytoskeleton and cellular motility; Cell cycle.

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Professional competence:

− Understanding the molecular basis of the structure and function of eukaryotic cells. Understanding, interpreting and presenting complex concepts of cellular function.

− Reading a comprehensive textbook, summarizing the central ideas and discussing these with other students.

− Acquiring a general knowledge of the entire field of molecular cell biology.

Methodological competence: ---

− Understanding classical key experiments, how their results contributed in our knowledge of cell biology and explaining these experiments to others.

Social competence:

− Learning to discuss scientific issues with other students and the teacher and explaining complex concepts.

− Learning to simplify complicated topics and ideas and to identify their key aspects.


− Acquirement of scientific knowledge by self-responsible reading of English research literature, and identifying points that require further explanation.

− Critical evaluation of current research data.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

On successfully completing the module students will be able to…

− acquire a broad overview about the field of molecular cell biology.

− read and understand an advanced English textbook.

− summarize and discuss orally the complex concepts of different aspects of molecular biology.


Pollard, Earnshaw: Cell Biology


Will be provided at or prior to the beginning of the course

Requirements for attendance (informal)

Bachelor-grade knowledge in molecular biology, cell biology and genetics

Requirements for attendance (formal)

Admission to the Master Program ‘Biology’

References to Course [BIO-ZBI-17-K-5]

Course-Pool Name
[BIO-LR_all-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course - all
[BIO-LR_MCB-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course: MCB