Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Genetics and Bioengineering

Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 103 General Biology Undergraduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 6 3 + 2 195 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Monia Avdić - Ibrišimović, Assist. Prof. Dr. Monia Avdić Ibrišimović Monia Avdić - Ibrišimović, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course is designed to cover the basics of biology that are needed for future studies of genetics and bioengineering.Model organisms are usually used to study genetics, which is why students will have an opportunity to learn about living organisms, as well as how to implement this knowledge in future studies. The course will begin by introducing the structures of macromolecules, the basic concepts of the cell, cell organelles, metabolism, cell cycle, inheritance and the flow of genetic information, followed by binominal classification systems and various groups of organisms, such as bacteria, algae, fungi, Plantae and Animalia. This is taken concurrently with a laboratory course.

The cognitive, affective and behavioral objectives of this course are following:

 Giving students an overview of the living world and briefly introducing them to the basic groups of living
 Explaining the basic structure and function of cells as the basic units of all living things and as the building
blocks of multicellular organisms.
 Teaching students the basics of metabolism, photosynthesis, cell cycle and the basics of inheritance.
 Introduction to the concept of biodiversity and bioethics.
 Teaching students to use the binominal classification system which is needed throughout the study.
 Teaching students to identify different species of bacteria, algae, fungi, plantae and animalia through
microscopic, macroscopic studies and field trips.
 Explaining the interactions between organisms and their environments, and the consequences of these
interactions in natural populations, communities, and ecosystems.

  1. Introduction to general biology and molecular diversity of life
  2. Water and Carbon based molecules
  3. The structure and function of macromolecules- carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids
  4. The cell and cellular organelles. Cell membranes and transport
  5. Cell metabolism and cellular respiration
  6. Photosynthesis
  7. Midterm Week
  8. Cell communication, cell cycle and mitosis
  9. Meiosis and sexual life cycles
  10. Chromosomal and molecular basis of inheritance
  11. Genes - From genes to protein - flow of genetic information

  1. Introduction to evolution
  2. Binominal classification system (Woes and whittaker)
  3. Bacteria, fungi, plantae, animalia
  4. Introduction to ecology

  1. Beginning of classes
  2. Introduction to general biology labs and binominal classification
  3. Microscopy
  4. Bacteria
  5. Algae
  6. Fungi
  7. Plants classification and species determination
  8. Midterm Week
  9. Plants - field trip
  10. Visit to the natural museum
  11. Animalia - Protista
  12. Animalia - Arthropoda
  13. Animalia - fish dissection
  14. Preparation for practical exam
  15. Practical exam

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Excersises
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
  • Field trips
  • Problem solving
  • Assignments
  • Case Studies
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)20
Final Exam140
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Learn the basic concept of the cell as the basic structural and functional unit of all living things
  • Discriminate the basic concepts of cell chemistry
  • Learn the basic concepts of macromolecules
  • Reece, J. B., Urry, L. A., Cain, M. L., Wasserman, S. A., Minorsky, P. V., & Jackson, R. B. (2011). Campbell biology (p. 379). Boston: Pearson.

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)423126
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14228
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination166
Preparation for Final Examination11414
Assignment / Homework/ Project4416
Seminar / Presentation111
Total Workload: 195
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 8