gsw020 - Cellular and Subcellular Structures (Complete module description)

gsw020 - Cellular and Subcellular Structures (Complete module description)

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Module label Cellular and Subcellular Structures
Modulkürzel gsw020
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Human Medicine
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's Programme Molecular Biomedicine (Master) > Background Modules
Zuständige Personen
  • Bräuer, Anja (module responsibility)
  • Bräuer, Anja (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Maier, Esther Christine (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Maier, Esther Christine (Module counselling)
Enrolment in Master´s programme Molecular Biomedicine
Skills to be acquired in this module
Goals of the Module:
Upon successful completion of this module, students know and understand cellular and subcellular structures and their function in the human body.

++ deepened biological expertise
++ deepened clinical / pathological expertise,
++ deepened knowledge of biological working methods
++ deepened knowledge of clinical / pathological diagnostics,
  + interdisciplinary thinking,
  + critical and analytical thinking,
  + ability to perform independent biological research
  + ethics and professional behaviour
Module contents

The module aims to give students an insight into microscopic functional anatomy. In this module, we will cover aspects of cell compartmentalisation and tissue organisation as the basis for normal function and homeostasis. In addition, we will cover examples of organ organisation and organ function. To introduce students to clinical concepts, and to deepen their understanding of the functional roles of cells and tissues, we will also cover aspects of the pathological basis of disease for selected organs and organelles.

In the accompanying seminar, students will have the chance to work on light and electron microscopic pictures, to practice annotation and identification of cells and tissues. In addition, the students will read and present original literature. This will introduce select aspects of disease, but also introduce research methodology and scientific thinking.

This course is not a full histology course, but it serves as an introduction to the topic, recapitulates aspects of cell biology and introduces a few select aspects of pathology. Thus, this module is aimed at students with little experience in cell biology.

Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts et al., 6th ed.)
Junqueira´s Basic Histology: Text and Atlas (Mescher, 14th ed.)
Robbins Basic Pathology  (Kumar et al., 9th ed.)
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency summer semester
Module capacity 25
Reference text
For your notice: this course will NOT cover microscopic imaging techniques, if you are interested please see module gsw200_Microscopic Imaging in Biomedical Sciences.
Type of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Teaching/Learning method Lecture and Seminar
Previous knowledge Basic knowledge in biology, chemistry, mathematics
Lehrveranstaltungsform Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 SoSe 28
Exercises 2 SoSe 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
written examination (45 min.)