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Module BIO-TM1-4_12-M-5

Theoretical Module 1-4: Lecture and Reading Course – Molecular Medicine (M, 3.0 LP)

Module Identification

Module Number Module Name CP (Effort)
BIO-TM1-4_12-M-5 Theoretical Module 1-4: Lecture and Reading Course – Molecular Medicine 3.0 CP (90 h)


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in SuSe
Level [5] Master (Entry Level)
Language [EN] English
Module Manager
Reference course of study [BIO-88.Z10-SG] M.Sc. Biology
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


Type/SWS Course Number Title Choice in
Presence-Time /
SL SL is
required for exa.
PL CP Sem.
S BIO-HUM-06-K-5
Lecture and Reading Course – Molecular Medicine
P 16 h 74 h
- PL1 3.0 SuSe
  • About [BIO-HUM-06-K-5]: Title: "Lecture and Reading Course – Molecular Medicine"; Presence-Time: 16 h; Self-Study: 74 h
  • About [BIO-HUM-06-K-5]: The study achievement [TEILN] continuous and active participation in the courses must be obtained.

Examination achievement PL1

  • Form of examination: written exam (Klausur) (60-90 Min.)

Evaluation of grades

The grade of the module examination is also the module grade.


  • The students will hear introductory and summary lectures, read research and review papers, and discuss together and with the teacher the following topics: The human genome; Biology of cancer, viral and bacterial infections, inflammation; Molecular basis of Neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson Disease, Morbus Huntington, TSE, ALS, FTLD, …

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Professional competence:

− Overview of synaptic transmission, which is central for understanding of brain function and behavior.

− Understanding the molecular basis of human diseases and to evaluate them critically. Gaining the ability to extending these concepts to other related diseases.

− Learn to develop novel pharmacological strategies. Reading and interpreting current research papers and reviews about this topic, and understanding methodological approaches used.

Methodological competence: ---

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…

− improve their knowledge in the field of molecular mechanisms of neuronal function and human neurodegenerative diseases.

− read and understand specialist English literature (research papers and reviews).

− summarize and discuss orally research papers.


  • Robert A Weinberg: The Biology of Cancer;
  • Alberts: Molecular Biology of the Cell;
  • E. Kandel: Principles of Neuroscience, 5th edition, Part II and III;
  • Original literature will be provided at or prior to the beginning of the course


Original literature will be provided at or prior to the beginning of the course

Requirements for attendance (informal)

Bachelor-grade knowledge in molecular biology, genetics, animal physi-ology, neurobiology

Requirements for attendance (formal)

References to Module / Module Number [BIO-TM1-4_12-M-5]

Course of Study Section Choice/Obligation
[BIO-88.Z10-SG] M.Sc. Biology Theoretical Modules 1-4: Lectures and Reading Courses [P/WP] Compulsory or compulsory elective (depending on the chosen specialization / study profile)