Topics in Biology for Non-Biologists

Subject description

The course is designed for students with high school knowledge of biology and the content is specifically tailored to the individual student. The class is very informal and allows ample time for discussion and questions. The goal is to get students excited about basic biology. Students learn about the basic building blocks of life, from molecules to cells, and understand the mechanisms and machinery of DNA replication, transcription, and translation, as well as the organization of cells in space and time. The organization of plant and animal growth is demonstrated, with emphasis on evolutionary developmental biology based on gene expression and gene regulation.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

The course is designed for students who've a second-level master's degree in physics, chemistry, or mathematics and are explicitly interested in linking their knowledge to biological disciplines.
The goal of the course is to understand the main concepts of biology. The knowledge acquired will increase their awareness of the area of biology with which they're less familiar.

Teaching and learning methods

Guided self-learning; discussions on specific selected themes; and consultation for preparation and presentation of seminar tasks from selected review contents in the scientific literature.

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding:

With the knowledge acquired, students will be able to participate equally in scientific discussions with students with prior biology education and to form interactive networks of collaboration between disciplines together with them.

Basic sources and literature

Spellman F. R.  Biology for Nonbiologists, Government Institutes; 1 edition (2007), 292 pages, ISBN-10: 0865874212

Dermastia M. Pogled v rastline, Nacionalni inštitut za biologijo (2010),  237 strani, ISBN 978-961-92543-4-9

Molecular Biology of the Cell  Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, David Morgan, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter Sixth Edition, editors. (2014) Garland Science: New York and Abingdon, UK. 1464 pages. ISBN: 9780815344643

Brown T. A. Genomes 4;  4 edition(2017) 544 pages, ISBN 9780815345084.

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