Katja Köhler: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Name Dr. Katja Köhler
Inst. f. Molekulare Systembiologie
ETH Zürich, HPM E 41.1
Otto-Stern-Weg 3
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 30 47

551-0016-00LBiology II Information 2 credits2VM. Stoffel, E. Hafen, K. Köhler
AbstractThe lecture course Biology II, together with the course Biology I of the previous winter semester, is a basic introductory course into biology for students of materials sciences, of chemistry and of chemical engineering.
ObjectiveThe objective of the lecture course Biology II is the understanding of form, function, and development of animals and of the basic underlying mechanisms.
ContentThe following numbers of chapters refer to the text-book "Biology" (Campbell & Rees, 10th edition, 2015) on which the course is based.

Chapters 1-4 are a basic prerequisite. The sections "Structure of the Cell" (Chapters 5-10, 12, 17) and "General Genetics" (Chapters 13-16, 18, 46) are covered by the lecture Biology I.

1. Genomes, DNA Technology, Genetic Basis of Development

Chapter 19: Eukaryotic Genomes: Organization, Regulation, and Evolution
Chapter 20: DNA Technology and Genomics
Chapter 21: The Genetic Basis of Development

2. Form, Function, and Development of Animals I

Chapter 40: Basic Principles of Animal Form and Function
Chapter 41: Animal Nutrition
Chapter 44: Osmoregulation and Excretion
Chapter 47: Animal Development

3. Form, Function, and Develeopment of Animals II

Chapter 42: Circulation and Gas Exchange
Chapter 43: The Immune System
Chapter 45: Hormones and the Endocrine System
Chapter 48: Nervous Systems
Chapter 49: Sensory and Motor Mechanisms
Lecture notesThe course follows closely the recommended text-book. Additional handouts may be provided by the lecturers.
LiteratureThe following text-book is the basis for the courses Biology I and II:

Biology, Campbell and Rees, 10th Edition, 2015, Pearson/Benjamin Cummings, ISBN 978-3-8632-6725-4
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisite: Lecture course Biology I of autumn semester
551-0974-00LSpecialized Biology Course with an Educational Focus: Biological Concepts Restricted registration - show details 6 credits2G + 13AE. Hafen, K. Köhler, H. Stocker
AbstractSpecialist aspects of biology with a focus on biological concepts and misconceptions are covered from the angle of imparting these to pupils, their historical development, and their significance for the subject, the individual and society.
ObjectiveAfter successful completion of the module, students should be able

- to explain biological concepts and principles, as well as the way they fit together
- to recognise and to correct existing misconceptions
- to analyse controversial topics and to give factual explanations for these
- to conduct more in-depth work on a research topic and to compile a tuition unit based on this topic
- to prepare tuition units involving complex learning matter at a high specialist level which are suitably tailored to the recipients, and to teach these in a manner conducive to learning.
ContentSelected biological topics are dealt with under consideration of the special needs of persons involved in teaching.

The module comprises lectures, a book club, and a seminar thesis.
Lecture notesTeaching materials are available online on Moodle.
LiteratureLiterature and references are posted online on Moodle.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe Specialized Biology Course with an Educational Focus consists of two modules (6 CP each). In the fall semester, the focus is on evolution. The module of the spring semester deals with biological concepts. Students attending both modules can start with either module.

Performance is assessed during the course of the entire module. Active participation in the course is required. The electronic thesis and an oral presentation have to be completed.

The Specialized Biology Course with an Educational Focus (6+6 CP) can be acknowledged, in agreement with the advisor of the respective elective major, as one of the two obligatory research projects (each 15 CP). In such a case, additional 3 CP must be obtained in another course.

In case of overbooking of the course, students enrolled in the Teaching Diploma in Biology will have priority.