Basic Concepts of Molecular Biology for Physicists
Module version of SS 2020
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 2021||WS 2020/1||SS 2020||WS 2019/20||SS 2019||WS 2018/9||SS 2018||WS 2017/8||WS 2016/7|
PH2236 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter 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)|
|90 h||30 h||3 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2236 in the version of SS 2020 was Zeynep Ökten.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
-Calculations in molecular biology
-Characteristics of biological material
-Understanding of a gene and its function
-Function of a gene in cell-free environment
-The 'biotechnology' of DNA
-Transformation of genetic information into function
-Making of a recombinant protein
-Important cell types for molecular biological work
-Use of cells for protein expression
After successful completion of the module the students are able to:
-basics of handling of biological materials
-basic underlying concepts of work with DNA
-Basics of DNA amplification
-Restriction, ligation, and transformation of DNA
-step-by-step cloning of a gene
-Design of protein constructs for molecular biological work
-Protein expression and purification
-basics of working with living cells
No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
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Learning and Teaching Methods
Central to the lecture is 'learning by doing'. Students will be prepared for independent working and will be exposed to molecular biological calculations throughout the lecture. Handling that is essential to molecular biology will be demonstarted at live examples and will be practiced. The theoretical underlyings will be discussed throughout the demostrations.
Chalk-Talk and power point presentations, work sheets
Molekularbiologische Methoden, Thomas Reinard, UTB
Stryer Biochemie, Springer
Description of exams and course work
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 in Basic Concepts of Molecular Biology for Physicists|
|Tue, 2021-09-28||Dummy-Termin. Wenden Sie sich zur individuellen Terminvereinbarung an die/den Prüfer(in). Anmeldung für Prüfungstermin zwischen Di, 28.09.2021 und Sa, 23.10.2021. Melden Sie sich bitte nur an, wenn Sie die Prüfung verbindlich auch nach Lektüre der Informationen unter https://www.tum.de/die-tum/aktuelles/coronavirus/pruefungen/ ablegen werden. // Dummy date. Contact examiner for individual appointment. Registration for exam date between Tue, 2021-09-28 and Sat, 2021-10-23. See https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-exams/ for further information and only register after reading!||till 2021-09-27|