Foundations and Methods of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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.
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PH2139 is a semester module in German or English 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.
- Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||83 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2139 in the version of SS 2017 was Günther Woehlke.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology Fundamentals and Methods (DNA, RNA, recombinant DNA, microbiological basis, "cloning" and other methods in molecular cell biology, computer approaches to molecular biology data management, molecular evolution)
Theoretical basis for laboratory work (cloning, recombinant expression of proteins, protein purification, etc.); understanding of working principles in molecular biology and biochemistry; selected in-depth subjects; deeper and wider knowledge of subjects introduced in module "biophysics" (0020);
recommended: biophysics (module 0020)
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VU||4||Foundations and Methods of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||Woehlke, G.||
Wed, 12:00–14:00, PH 3024
|EX||0.5||Field Trip to Foundations and Methods of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||Woehlke, G.|
Learning and Teaching Methods
Lecture, exercises (basic understanding and quantitative application), possibly literature
Phillips et al. "Physical Biology of the Cell"
Schartl et al. "Biochemie und Molekularbiologie des Menschen"
Pollard & Earnshaw "Cell Biology"
Description of exams and course work
There will be an oral exam of 25 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using Questions on basic knowledge and understanding of experimental observations.
For example an assignment in the exam might be:
- Chemical basis (Nucleotides, DNA, RNA)
- The processes of replication, transcription and translation
- Regulation of lactose utilization ('lac operon')
Participation in the exercise classes is strongly recommended since the exercises prepare for the problems of the exam and rehearse the specific competencies.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.