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Module PH0020 [Bio Expert]

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2011

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2023SS 2022SS 2021SS 2020SS 2019SS 2018SS 2017SS 2011

Basic Information

PH0020 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Mandatory Modules in Bachelor Programme Physics (6th Semester, Specialization BIO)

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
300 h 90 h 10 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH0020 in the version of SS 2011 was Andreas Bausch.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module gives an overview of the theoretical and experimental concepts of Biophysics. 

The following topics will be introduced:

Bricks of life

  • Sugar
  • DNA
  • Proteins
  • experimental methods for structure determination


  • Michaelis Menten
  • Allosterische Kontrolle

Pattern Formation Processes in Nature

  • Reaction  Diffusions Processes
  • Embryogenesis


  • Selfassembly of Membranes
  • Nernst-Potential, Goldman Katz, Huxly-Hodgkin-Equation


  • Photosynthetic Processes
  • Fluoreszenz- und Energietransferprocesses

Aspekte der Nichtgleichgewichts-Thermodynamik

  • Onsager-Relation
  • Entropieproduction

Molecular Forces

  • Poisson-Boltzmann-Equation
  • Solvation Forces
  • Simulation Methods
  • Monte-Carlo-Methods
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulations
  • Proteinfolding

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in this module the student is able to:

  1. describe the bricks of life and to identify the chemical relation between them
  2. to describe quantitatively enzymatic processes
  3. identify and quantitatively describe pattern formation processes and to comprehend the underlying physcial mechanisms
  4. to describe membran potential and nerve action potential and to describe the underlying physical priniciples 
  5. to undertand and expalin photophysical process
  6. to understand and explain out of equilibirum thermodynamics concepts
  7. to describe and explain molecular forces in aqueous environment
  8. to understand the most prominent simulation and modelation methods
  9. develop a scientific theme with guidance, create a presentation and
    give a talk as well as judge presentation techniques and apply them.


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 6 Biophysics Bausch, A. Zacharias, M. singular or moved dates
and dates in groups

Learning and Teaching Methods

zuhören, arbeiten, lesen und lernen


Lecture with Seminar


  • Alberts et al. : Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • Nelson: Biological Physics
  • Lodish et al: Molecular Cell Biology
  • Stryer: Biochemistry
  • Jones: Soft Condensed Matter
  • Israelachvili: Intermolecular & Surface Forces
  • Hiemenz: Principles of colloid and surface chemistry
  • Sackmann and Merkel: Lehrbuch der Biophysik

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The learning outcome is tested in an oral exam. Participation in tutorials is strongly recommended.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Exam to Biophysics (exam period 2)
Wed, 2023-10-04 till 23:59 till 2023-09-07
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