Programme - Biology

Biology 2nd year (165 hours)

The Chair and Department of General Biology and Parasitology at the Medical University of Warsaw offers a unique one-year Biology course specifically designed for candidates for the Faculty of Medicine. The Course provides a solid background in the subject and also gives you the opportunity to take the Biology exam and start studying Medicine at the  Medical University of Warsaw

 

The team of biology teachers work at the Chair and Department of General Biology and Parasitology. They are professional and well-organized people with vast academic teaching and researching experience who create a comfortable learning environment.

 

The teachers participating in the Biology course

Julia Dąbrowska Ph.D., D.Sc. – Associate Professor at the  Medical University of Warsaw. She has taught Molecular Biology at the 1st Faculty of Medicine, Biology at the Faculty of Dentistry and Medical Genetics at Physiotherapy.

Monika Dybicz Ph.D., D.Sc. – Associate Professor at the Medical University of Warsaw. She has worked with Polish and English Division students, of both medicine and dentistry, and is engaged in teaching Medical Biology and Molecular Biology.

Daniel Młocicki Ph.D., D.Sc. – Associate Professor at the Medical University of Warsaw and the Institute of Parasitology at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the Medical University of Warsaw since 2004, both lectures and laboratories, i.e., practicals (Genetics, Medical Biology, Medical Parasitology, Epidemiological Nursing, Diagnostic Medical Parasitology, Travel Medicine).

Monika Pliszka Ph.D., D.Sc. – Associate Professor at the Medical University of Warsaw. She teaches Parasitology and Molecular biology at the  2nd  Faculty of Medicine, Medical Genetics for Physiotherapy and leads classes on diabetes.

Aleksandra Sędzikowska, Ph.D., D.Sc. – Associate Professor at the Medical University of Warsaw. She teaches Molecular Biology at the 1st  Faculty of Medicine, Biology for Faculty of Dentistry and Medical Biology for Physiotherapy.

Agnieszka Sobczyk-Kopcioł Ph.D., D.Sc. – Associate Professor at the Medical University of Warsaw. Lecturer of Molecular Biology for medical students; Medical Genetics and Medical Biology and Histology for Physiotherapy students.

Marta Supergan-Marwicz M.Sc. – Biologist Specialist at the Medical University of Warsaw. She has worked with students of the Medical University on Parasitology and Molecular Biology classes.

Joanna Twarowska-Małczyńska M.Sc. – Graduate Assistant at the Medical University of Warsaw. She has given  lectures on Molecular Biology, Parasitology, Medical Genetics and Medical Biology for Medical and Physiotherapy students.

 

Course structures

 

The course consists of two hours of lectures and three hours for exercises per week (5 h per week). The material is divided into 33 weeks. After 8 – 10 weeks we will have a revision  and mid-course  test and a final test at the end of our course.

 

The focus of this course is  on the following topics:

 

The role of chemistry in biology: Atoms and molecules, Chemistry of water

Biological macromolecules (level of protein structure, sugars and lipids), Biological experiments: Forming and testing hypotheses, Experimental variables and controls, Microscopy

Cell biology: Cell structure and function of eukaryotic cells (animal cell and plant cell), Biological membranes and types of cellular transport, Cell division (Mitosis, Meiosis)

The viruses and prions: Structures and ecological interactions

Prokaryotes: Structural and functional adaptations of prokaryotic organisms, Genetic recombination of bacteria, Operons – the basic concept of negative and positive gene regulations in bacteria, Chemosynthesis

Protistan diversity – cell structures and ecological interactions : Autotrophic protists, Heterotrophic protists

Biodiversity of nonvascular, vascular plants, Fungi and Plants – structures and function: Transport in vascular plants, Plant nutrition, Reproduction of flowering plants, Plant signals and behavior

Biodiversity of Vertebrates and Invertebrates: Adaptations to different environment. Types of tissues and functions in animals

The energy of life: Forms of energy, The structure and hydrolysis of ATP, Enzymes, The versatility of catabolism and anabolism (exergonic and endergonic reaction), Photosynthetic processes, Gluconeogenesis and other metabolic reactions

Cell respiration: Types of fermentation and anaerobic respiration

Basis of animal and human physiology: Digestive systems, Respiratory system in animals, Transport system, Excretory system, Defenses against infection, Reproductive systems, Electrical signals and neural regulation, Endocrine system - chemical signals in animals, Sensation and movement

Principles of Genetics: Nucleic acids, Expression of genes, Mendelian genetics, Linkage and chromosomes, Inheritance of genetic diseases – pedigree analysis, Molecular biology and biotechnology

An overview of ecology: Behavioral ecology, Populations, Ecological succession, Energy flow and chemical cycling in ecosystems, Global ecology

The evolution: Macro and microevolution, The Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, The evolution of genomes, Biogeography, Phylogenetic reconstruction and species and speciation

 

Obligatory textbook

Global edition Biology, A Global approach, Campbell Tenth edition, Pearson Education Limited 2015