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Cell biology

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Course ID: 1000-713BKM Erasmus code / ISCED: 13.1 / (0511) Biology
Course title: Cell biology Name in Polish: Biologia komórki
Organizational unit: Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics
Course groups: Obligatory courses for 1st year Bioinformatics
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): (not available)
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Language: Polish
Type of course:

obligatory courses

Prerequisites (description):

(in Polish) Dla studentów kierunku Bioinformatyka i Biologia Systemów



Short description:

The aim of the course is to present basic information on the structure and functions of cells. The course includes: basic methods of investigation in cell biology; differences of the structure, functions and metabolism of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells; structure and functions of cellular organella; transport of molecules; interactions between cells; signal transduction; characteristics of cell cycle, mitosis, meiosis, apoptosis; characteristics of embryonic stem cells and tissue specific stem cells and their differentiation.

Full description:

Lecture covers the current knowledge of the cell structure and functions including: the basic cytological and molecular biology methods. Current techniques of molecular cell biology. Differences between pro- and eukaryotic cells, structures and functions of the cellular organelles, structure and function of cytoskeleton, cell movements, cell-cycle regulation, molecular aspects of mitosis, meiosis, and cytokinesis, signal transduction, apoptosis, embryonic and adult stem cells, cells, apoptosis, as well as structure and functions of cell membranes.

Prokaryotic cells - unique structural features of bacteria (including Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria) and archaea. Life cycles and resting forms of bacteria. Metabolism with emphasis on unique metabolic features (chemolithotrophy, anaerobic respiration, nitrogen fixation, anoxygenic photosynthesis, methanotrophy, methanogenesis). Interactions between prokaryotes, as well as between bacteria, archaea and eukaryotic organisms. Viruses - structure and replication.

Basic techniques of cell analysis (e.g. microscopy, immunolocalization). Cytoskeleton and cell movement. Mitosis and cell karyotype. Meiosis in plants and animals. Basic microbiological techniques. Isolation of bacteria from water, soil and air on microbiological media. Simple staining and differential Gram-staining of bacteria. Observation of living bacteria.


Alberts et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell. Garland Publishing Inc. 2002

Brock Biology of Microorganisms XV wyd. – Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2017. M.T. Madigan, K.S. Bender, D.H. Buckley, W.M. Sattley, D.A. Stahl

Learning outcomes:


1. Understanding of structure and function of basic bioactive macromolecules (K_W04 BI 1).

2. Understanding of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell function. Understanding of plant and animal cell function and relation between cell structure and function (K_W05 BI 1, K_W06 BI 1).

3. Understanding of complex biological processes at cellular level (K_W10 BI 1).

4. Understanding of cell-environment relationship (K_W14 BI 1).

5. Understanding of basic biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and molecular biology (K_W13 BI 1).


1. Using advanced experimental cell biology techniques (K_U01 BI 1 )

2. Studying scientific and popular papers on cell biology published in Polish or English. Communicating in English (level B2) (K_U03 BI 1)

3. Preparing multimedial or written presentations, analyzing and discussing obtained results (K_U04 BI 1, K_U05 BI 1).

4. Planning and conducting of basic experiments (K_U06 BI 1, K_U07 BI 1).


1. Broading his/her interest in biological sciences. Actualizing knowledge on cell biology (K_K01 BI 1I, K_K04 BI 1, K_K06 BI 1)

2. Improving his/her team working abilities (K_K06 BI 1, K_K07 BI 1).

3. Carefully and critically interpreting knowledge and information coming from scientific literature and mass media (K_K08 BI 1).

4. Assessing the risks associated with the research techniques used. Expressing responsibility of safe work conditions (K_K05 BI 1).

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

To pass the course (exercises plus lecture) it is necessary to pass the exam.

The exam will include practice and lecture material, it will consist of test questions (50% of the points available) and semi-open and open questions. To complete the course, it is necessary to obtain 51% of the points

Practical placement:

Not applicable

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