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Basic Concepts of Molecular Biology for Physicists

Module PH2236

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 2022/3 (current)

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 2022/3SS 2022SS 2021WS 2020/1SS 2020WS 2019/20SS 2019WS 2018/9SS 2018WS 2017/8WS 2016/7

Basic Information

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 workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2236 is 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

Learning Outcome

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

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

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

no info

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 in Basic Concepts of Molecular Biology for Physicists
Mon, 2023-09-18 till 23:55 Dummy-Termin. Wenden Sie sich zur individuellen Terminvereinbarung an die/den Prüfer(in). Anmeldung für Prüfungstermin zwischen 18.09.2023 und 21.10.2023. // Dummy date. Contact examiner for individual appointment. Registration for exam date between 2023-Sep-18 and 2023-Oct-21. till 2023-09-17
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