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gsw010 - Molecular Physiology
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Module label Molecular Physiology
Module code gsw010
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Human Medicine
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Molecular Biomedicine (Master) > Background Modules
Responsible persons
Milenkovic, Ivan (Module responsibility)
Milenkovic, Ivan (Authorized examiners)
Radulovic, Tamara (Authorized examiners)
Radulovic, Tamara (Module counselling)
Milenkovic, Ivan (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 molecular mechanisms of cellular physiology
-  know physiology of the following human body organ systems, muscular system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, urinary system
-  understand pathophysiology of certain diseases
-  know basic principles of functional tests for certain organ systems.

++ deepened biological expertise
++ deepened clinical/pathological expertise
++ deepened knowledge of biological working methods
+ data analysis skills
+ computer based data analysis
+ interdisciplinary thinking
+ ability to perform independent biological research
+ data presentation and discussion (written and spoken)

Module contents

The module focuses on physiology of the cell, physiology of human organ systems in health and disease, and homeostatic regulation mechanisms.

Lecture topics:

1. Cellular mechanisms of excitability
2. Synaptic transmission
3. Muscle contraction
4. Spinal cord reflexes
5. Motor skills
6. Basic principles of circulatory function
7. Pulmonary ventilation
8. Regulation of respiration
9. General sensory physiology
10. Physiology of special senses
11. Kidneys
12. Water homeostasis and osmoregulation


1. Excitability of nerve cells and AP propagation
2. Reflexes
3. Electrocardiography
4. Pulmonary function tests and regulation of respiration
5. Functional tests for sensory systems
6. Water and osmolarity homeostasis

Reader's advisory
Guyton and Hall - Textbook of medical physiology
Kandler, Schwarz, Jessell - Principles of neural science

Gary G. Matthews – Cellular Physiology of Nerve and Muscle
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency winter and summer semester
Module capacity 10 (participation at lectures is not restricted)
Reference text
The number of participants for the practical part of this module is limited to 10. Students which are enrolled in Master´s programme Molecular Biomedicine will be preferred.
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Lecture and Exercise
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge Basic knowledge in physiology and cell biology
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2 SoSe und WiSe 28
Practical training
2 SoSe und WiSe 28
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
Oral examination (20 min.)