Katja Köhler: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2022

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

551-0033-00LMolecular Genetics and Cell Biology Restricted registration - show details
Only for Health Sciences and Technology BSc and Human Medicine BSc.
5 credits5GJ. Corn, F. Allain, K. Köhler
AbstractThis course teaches the basic principles of evolution, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics and developmental biology using the example of humans.
Objective1) Students can explain the importance of evolution for the development of humans and diseases.
2) The students know the cell as the smallest unit of the body. They can explain how the functions of the cell are disturbed in certain diseases and where therapies intervene. They can describe the multiplication of cells in the body and show how errors in this multiplication can lead to diseases.
3) The students know DNA as the basis of life. They can explain how the DNA information is stored and how this information can be reproduced and protected from damage. They can describe how the information is read and translated into proteins. They can explain which mechanisms at the level of DNA, RNA and proteins can cause diseases.
4) Students can explain which technologies can be used to diagnose and treat diseases.
5) Students can explain how people differ genetically and know the molecular basis of these differences. They can explain how these differences can lead to diseases and why some of these differences do not affect diseases.
6) The students know the molecular causes of the most common hereditary diseases and can determine the probability of occurrence and transmission to offspring.
7) Students can explain the biochemical and molecular basis of human reproduction and know the basic principles of human embryonic development. The students can explain which mechanisms can be disturbed by a faulty development.
551-0973-00LSpecialized Biology Course with an Educational Focus: Evolution Restricted registration - show details 6 credits2G + 13AH. Stocker, Y. Barral, K. Köhler
AbstractSpecialist aspects of biology with a focus on evolution 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 retrieve in-depth knowledge of biology with a special focus on evolution and to impart this to others.
- 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, with a special focus on evolution, 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 thesis (including oral presentation) has 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.