166.201 Introduction to Biology
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020W, VO, 1.0h, 1.5EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 1.5
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to explain the physical and chemical foundations for life and biological systems, and they are able to critically review and dicuss current theories about the orgin of life. Further, they are able to explain and discuss priniciples of the evolution theory. After successful completion of the course, students are able to explain the morphological structure as well as the essential functions of the cell. Furthermore, students master the basics of formal genetics and can apply them in the context of molecular biology. This also applies in general terms for epigenetic phenomena.

Subject of course

The principal focus of this lecture are basic priniciples of biology that are necessary for an undestanding of modern biotechnlogy. During the course, the foundations for the origin of life, evolution theory, and a brief introduction to morphology and function of cells in general (cytology) will be explained. Aspects of formal genetics will be discussed in more detail as far as necessary. A brief introduction to epigenetics will be made using illustrative examples. 


Teaching methods

Frontal presentation combined with the presentation of case studies

The lecture is carried out in response to the current Covid measures in distance learning. The commented slide material is made available every week via TUWEL. In addition, question units are offered online after a few units.

Mode of examination




Examination modalities

Oral exam


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Thu - 18.11.2021oral10.11.2021 17:00 - 16.11.2021 23:00TISSEinführung in die Biologie
Thu - 09.12.2021oral10.11.2021 17:00 - 07.12.2021 23:00TISSEinführung in die Biologie
Fri - 21.01.2022oral26.11.2021 09:00 - 20.01.2022 08:00TISSEinführung in die Biologie

Course registration

Not necessary



Lecture notes for this course are available as download of ppt slides.

Fritsche O.: Biologie für Einsteiger. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag 2010

Genetik, 8. Auflage, Klug, Cummings, Spencer, ISBN 978-3-8273-7247-5