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Selected Topics in Molecular and Cell Biology

Module PH2110

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 WS 2018/9

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
WS 2021/2WS 2020/1WS 2019/20WS 2018/9WS 2017/8WS 2010/1

Basic Information

PH2110 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This module description is valid to SS 2020.

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 60 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2110 in the version of WS 2018/9 was Günther Woehlke.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Molecular and chemical basis of biological processes (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids); basics of physical chemistry; obtaining biochemical compounds in the laboratory (protein purification, protein analytics, protein synthesis with molecular biology methods); bioenergetics; selected topics in molecular cell biology

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module the students are able to

  • know the biochemical composition of living organisms and the nature of its components.
  • grasp quantitative connections of growth an maintainance of living cells.
  • know the essential laboratory methods.
  • to get an overview of current research problems.


No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

The lecture presents the subjects of the course in a systematic form. Interactive discussions highlight the core issues. Problems of fundamental or biomedical relevance are treated in exercises, and - where it makes sense - will be deepended by practical applications. Exercises lead the participants towards own solutions of applied issues.


Lecture and accompanying script, demonstration of quantitative relations in Mathematica, exercises


The necessary literature will be provided via the Moodle site.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

There will be an oral exam of 30 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions and sample calculations.

For example an assignment in the exam might be:

  • Define what pH means, and describe how the pH relates to the isoelectric point of a protein!
  • Explain the stereochemistry of natural amino acids!
  • Which ways can living organsims use to acquire energy, and in which forms is the energy transformed or stored?

Participation in the exercise classes is strongly recommended since the exercises prepare for the problems of the exam and rehearse the specific competencies.

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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