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Physical Biology of the Cell 2

Module PH2014

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 2017

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 2022SS 2021SS 2020SS 2019SS 2018SS 2017WS 2015/6SS 2011

Basic Information

PH2014 is a semester module in German language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

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

  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Focus Area Bio-Sensors in M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics
  • Elective Modules Natural Sciences in the Master Program Matter to Life
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2014 in the version of SS 2017 was Karl Duderstadt.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


  1. Biologische Optische Mikroskopie
    Abbildungsfehler, Auflösungsvermögen, biologische Linsensysteme, Kamerasysteme, Energieumwandlung im Auge
  2. Fluoreszenzmikroskopie
    - Grundlagen
    - Moderne Methoden: FRET, FCS, FRAP, STED, PALM
  3. Physik des Hörens
    Aufbau des Ohres, Impedanzwandlung, Mechano-Elektrische Signalumwandlung
  4. Physik von Membranen
    Hydrophober Effekt, Grenzflächenspannung
  5. Viren, Immunologie
    Aufbau von Viren, Verpackung und Verbreitung der Erbinformation, Funktion des Immunsystems

Learning Outcome

Nach erfolgreicher Teilnahme an diesem Modul ist der/die Student(in) in der Lage:

  1. moderne Mikroskopiemethoden in der Biophysik, insbesondere Einzelmolekül- und Fluoreszenzmethoden zu kennen,
  2. die Funktionsweise des Ohres, insbesondere auch die Methoden, die zur Kenntnis der Funktionsweise des Ohres führten, zu verstehen
  3. Biologische Membranen und Hydrophobizität (makroskopisch und mikroskopisch) zu verstehen
  4. Gleichgewichts-Nichtgleichgewichts Thermodynamik zu verstehen
  5. Aufbau von Viren zu beschreiben
  6. Funktion des Immunsystems zu beschreiben



Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Vortrag, Beamerpräsentation, Tafelarbeit, Übungen in Einzel- und Gruppenarbeit


Übungsblätter, ergänzende Literatur


  • Alberts, Lehrbuch der Molekularen Zellbiologie
  • Sackmann, Biophysik (das Buch soll rechtzeitig zum SS 2010 erscheinen)
  • Lakowicz, "Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy"
  • Phil Nelson "Biological Physics: Energy, Information, Life"
  • Rob Philipps: "Physical Biology"

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In a written exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as an oral exam. In this case the time duration is 25 minutes.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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