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Basic Biophysics (BIO4014)

Course code

Course group

Volume in ECTS credits

Course hours

BIO 4014

C

3

80

Course type (compulsory or optional)

Optional

Course level (study cycle)

Bachelor

Semester the course is delivered

Autumn

Study form (face-to-face or distant)

Face-to-face

Course title in Lithuanian

BIOFIZIKOS PAGRINDAI

Course title in English

BASIC BIOPHYSICS

Short course annotation in Lithuanian

Dalyko tikslas – supažindinti studentus su biofizikos pagrindais: vidumolekuline ir tarpmolekuline sąveikomis, monomerų ir biopolimerų konformacijomis, biosistemų termodinamika, biomechanika, recepcijos ir membranų biofizika, bei bioelektriniais potencialais.

Short course annotation in English

The object of biophysics. Biophysics of molecular interactions. Conformations of macromolecules. Biomechanics. Biophysics of sensory systems (vision, hearing, vestibular system, echolocation, electroreception). Structure and functions of biomembranes. Origin of bioelectrical potentials (resting potential, action potential, propagation of excitation, electrocardiography and electroencephalography). Interactions of electromagnetic fields with biological systems. Molecular machines, computers. Bionanotechnology.

Prerequisites for entering the course

Physics I, Physics II, Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Basic Biology

Course aim

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to biophysics and to show that the same laws of physics, which govern the behaviour of the non-living world around us, also govern the processes inside the living organism.

Content (topics)

 1. The object of biophysics.
 2. Biophysics of molecular interactions.
 3. Conformations of macromolecules.
 4. Biomechanics.
 5. Biophysics of sensory systems (vision, hearing, vestibular system, echolocation, electroreception).
 6. Structure and functions of biomembranes.
 7. Origin of bioelectrical potentials (resting potential, action potential, propagation of excitation, electrocardiography and electroencephalography).
 8. Interactions of electromagnetic fields with biological systems.
 9. Molecular machines, computers. Bionanotechnology.

Practical work (contents):

Basics of the Analysis of Protein 3D Structure; Osmotic Fragility of Human Erythrocytes; Denaturation of Haemoglobin; Diffusional Potential, Nernst Equation, Transmembrane Potential in the Case of Gibbs-Donnan Equilibrium.

Distribution of workload for students (contact and independent work hours)

Lectures – 30 hours, laboratory work – 15 hours, individual work – 35 hours.

Structure of cumulative score and value of its constituent parts

Final assessment sums the assessments of written mid-term examination (17%), assessment of laboratory works (30%), and written final examination (50%).

Recommended reference materials

No.

 

Publication year

Authors of publication and title

Publishing house

Number of copies in

University library

Self-study rooms

Other libraries 

Basic materials

1.

2012

G. Saulis „Biofizikos pagrindai“ kurso paskaitų skaidruolės (Basic Biophysics)

ecopy

 

 

 

2.

1996

M. Venslauskas, Biofizika.

Kaunas: KMA.

40

5

10

3.

1995

J. Malmivuo and R. Plonsey. Bioelectro-magnetism: Principles and Applications of Bioelectric and Biomagnetic Fields

New York: Oxford University Press

http://www.bem.fi/book/index.htm

Supplementary materials

1.

2001

R. Glazer, Biophysics.

Berlin: Springer Verlag

 

2.

2006

Jackson M.B. Molecular and Cellular Biophysics

Cambridge University Press

 

3.

2001

Davidovits P. Biophysics in Biology and Medicine

Academic Press

 

Course programme designed by

Prof. Dr. Gintautas Saulis, Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Additional information