Study courses, Lectures and Seminars

Information for Students


Elke Sprünken

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  • S03 S01 A38

Office Hours

Wednesdays from 8:00 to 9:30

For exam registrations, queries, for submission of documents subject to registration and examination inspection.

Consultation with Professor Bayer

Consultation with Professor Bayer is possible by prior agreement with the secretariat by e-mail


Lecture (2 SWS)Structure and Function of the Cell

This lecture focuses on the physiological principles of human biology. It is directed to students receiving a teaching degree for secondary schools (Biol-Gym/Ge, Biol-HRGe, Biotech-BK und Biol-BK). By means of selected examples students should learn to link molecular and cellular events to their physiological phenotype/expression. The lecture encompasses relevant topics from senescence, pain and inflammation, cardio-vascular diseases and lipid metabolism, neurotransmission and the biochemistry of the brain, the impact of drugs and toxins on human health as well as the biochemistry of sex.

The lecture is accompanied by a number of seminars (each 2 SWS):

  • Diseases of Civilisation
  • Milestones of Biochemistry
  • Evolution and the History of Earth 

Lecture (2 SWS)The Building Blocks of Life

This lecture is directed towards Bachelor students (BSc Chemistry, Gym/Ge, BK and HRG Chem und Biotech). It provides an introduction to biochemistry and focuses on the chemistry and structure of the building blocks of life such as amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleosides.

Lecture (3 SWS)Physics for Biologists and Molecular Biologists

This lecture introduces the principles of modern physics with emphasis on biology. It focuses on the basic principles of kinetics and thermodynamics and the mechanics of fluids. It gives a summary of the common atomic and orbital theory and deals with quantum mechanics, the interaction of mater and light as well as with the fundamentals of modern spectroscopy.

This lecture is accompanied by a practical training course (2SWS) and a seminar (2SWS).

We also offer a tutorial to refresh the skills in elementary mathematics.

Lecture (2 SWS)Biochemistry: Structure and Function of Biomolecules/Analytical Biochemistry

This lecture– addressed to MSc. students from the fields of Molecular and Medical Biology as well from Environmental Toxicology - focuses on the basic concepts of spectroscopy. The fundamentals of the atomic structure, of atomic and molecular forces, molecular orbitals, molecular bonding as well as electronic transitions and excitations of molecules are discussed. In the course of this lecture the principles of various spectroscopic techniques such as absorption, fluorescence, circular-dichroism, infra-red, nmr and x-ray crystallography are illustrated.

The lecture is complemented by an adjacent seminar (2 SWS) and a practical training course on structural biology (2 SWS).

Seminars and practical courses

Practical Course (6 SWS) Biochemistry

This practical training course is directed towards biology students (BSc Biology). It covers the recombinant production of proteins, purification techniques as well as the characterization of proteins in the lab. Students make themselves familiar with methods for the determination of protein conformation and structure. They also learn how to monitor ligand-protein and protein-protein interaction using modern spectroscopical techniques.

Seminar (2SWS) Evolution and History of the Earth

The seminar is directed to student teachers in Biology. Beginning with the origin of life the development of the branches of organisms as well as the different geological areas are characterised and the importance of geological and climate changes on the evolutionary process are highlighted.


Lecture (0,3 SWS) Physiology of aquatic organisms

This lecture for biology students (BSc. Aquatic Biology) captures the fundamental principles of energy metabolism and storage of aquatic organisms (e.g. Generation of ATP, redox potential and equivalents, chemiosmotic hypothesis).

Lecture (0,4 SWS) Common methods in biology

This practical course gives a short insight into modern NMR spectroscopy. Students are introduced to assignment strategies and the evaluation of 2D-NMR spectra.