Course detail

General Biology and Ecology

FCH-BC_BIOAcad. year: 2018/2019

Characteristics of living systems. The chemical building blocks of life, bioelements and biomolecules. Biology of the cell, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure, energetics, catabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins, citric acid cycle, oxidative respiration, genes and how they work, membrane transport, cell communication, cell cycle and differentiation. Reproduction and heredity, Mendel's laws, gene linkage, sex linkage, polygene genetics, population genetics, gene technology and biotechnology. Evolution, the origin of living systems, mechanisms of living systems evolution, the origin of species. Three life domains on the Earth, phylogenetic tree, classification of living things. Ecology, organisms and environment, populations, societies, ekosystems.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The students should have understood some life processes on the molecular or cell level. Besides, they should have understood the evolution of the living systems, to learn their basic classification and ecology. Recquired knowledges are defined more detailed by annotation, curriculum and basic literature.

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of secondary school biology and chemistry.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Hrstka, M. Biologie. FCH VUT v Brně (CS)
Alberts, B. a kol. Základy buněčné biologie. Espero Publishing, Ústí nad Labem 2000 (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of lecture (2 teaching hours per week). The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The exam is written. It is examined the understanding of the explained concepts, their relations and selected figures as well as theories.

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Week 1: Introduction. Characteristics of living systems. Chemical building block of life.
Week 2: Chemical building block of life - biopolymers. Prokaryotic cell structure.
Week 3: Eukaryotic cell structure. Bioenergetics.
Week 4: Catabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Citric acid cycle and oxidative respiration.
Week 5: Photosynthesis. Genes and how they work.
Week 6: Translation, regulation of gene expression.
Week 7: Membrane transport. Transport and distribution of substances inside the cells. Cell communication.
Week 8: Cell communication. Cell cycle and differentiation.
Week 9: Basic genetics concepts. Mendel´s laws, gene linkage, sex linkage, epigenetic heredity.
Week 10: Polygene genetics, population genetics, gene technology and biotechnology.
Week 11: The origin of life, evolution of living systems.
Week 12: Three life domains on the Earth, phylogenetic tree, basic classification of living things.
Week 13: Ecology, organisms and environment, populations, societies, ekosystems.

Aims

The aim of the subject is to inform students about chemical building of living systems, molecular principles of life, genetics and evolution, basic classification of organisms and basics of ecology.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

None.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BKCO_SCH , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

  • Programme BPCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BPCO_SCH , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

  • Programme BKCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BKCO_CHTOZP , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

  • Programme BPCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BPCO_CHTOZP , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory
    branch BPCO_CHMN , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory
    branch BPCO_CHM , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

  • Programme BKCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BKCO_CHM , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

  • Programme BKCP_CHTP Bachelor's

    branch BKCO_BT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

  • Programme BPCP_CHTP Bachelor's

    branch BPCO_BT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

  • Programme BKCP_CHTP Bachelor's

    branch BKCO_PCH , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

  • Programme BPCP_CHTP Bachelor's

    branch BPCO_CHP , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

  • Programme AKRED_neaktuální Bachelor's

    specialization --- , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory
    specialization () , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer