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 + 2 154 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. Visit to the natural museum
  5. The cell and cellular organelles
  6. Cell Metabolsm and Respiration
  7. Photosynthesis
  8. Midterm
  9. Cell Cycle and Mendelian based Inheritance
  10. Chromosomal and molecular basis of inheritance
  11. Genes - From genes to protein - flow of genetic information

  1. Animal and Plant Structure and Function
  2. Introduction to Evolution
  3. Introduction to Ecology
  4. Workshop

  1. Beginning of classes
  2. Designing a biological experiment and data analysis
  3. The structure of biological molecules
  4. Visit to the natural museum
  5. Microscopy
  6. Workshop
  7. Cells under the microscope
  8. Midterm Week
  9. Autosomal dominant and recessive inheritance
  10. X linked dominant and recessive inheritance
  11. Problem solving: transcription translation
  12. Problem solving Karyotype
  13. Preparation for Laboratory exam
  14. Laboratory Exam

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Excersises
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
  • Field trips
  • Problem solving
  • Assignments
  • Case Studies
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Problem solving15
Midterm Exam(s)120
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)15345
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15230
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination11515
Preparation for Final Examination12020
Assignment / Homework/ Project12020
Seminar / Presentation12020
Total Workload: 154
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6