166.201 Introduction to Biology
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VO, 1.0h, 1.5EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 1.5
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Online

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to explain the physical and chemical foundations for life and biological systems, and they are able to critically review, discuss current theories about the origin of life and explain the ecological term spaceship earth and its most relevant cycles of matter. Further, they are able to explain and discuss principles of the evolution theory. After successful completion of the course, students are able to explain the morphological structure as well as the essential functions of the cell. Furthermore, students master the basics of formal genetics and can apply them in the context of molecular biology. This also applies in general terms for epigenetic phenomena.

Subject of course

The principal focus of this lecture are basic principles of biology that are necessary for an understanding of modern biotechnology. During the course, the foundations for the origin of life, evolution theory, and a brief introduction to morphology, function of cells in general (cytology) and the ecological term spaceship earth and its most relevant cycles of matter will be explained. Aspects of formal genetics will be discussed in more detail as far as necessary. A brief introduction to epigenetics will be made using illustrative examples. 


Teaching methods

Frontal presentation combined with the presentation of case studies

The lecture is carried out in response to the current Covid measures in distance learning. We will hold the lecture in 4 units via a Live stream (TUWEL) at the beginning of the semester. The streams will be made available through TUWEL. TFurther, the presented slides are made available on TUWEL. 

Mode of examination




Course dates

Wed16:00 - 18:0006.10.2021 (LIVE)Introduction to Biology
Fri16:00 - 18:0008.10.2021 (LIVE)Introduction to Biology
Mon16:00 - 18:0011.10.2021 (LIVE)Introduction to Biology
Wed16:00 - 18:0013.10.2021 (LIVE)Introduction to Biology
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Oral exam


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Fri10:00 - 11:0026.01.2024 Online exam in TUWELwritten19.01.2024 08:00 - 24.01.2024 23:59TISSEinfühung in die Biologie
Fri10:00 - 11:0008.03.2024 Online exam in TUWELwritten01.03.2024 08:00 - 06.03.2024 23:59TISSEinfühung in die Biologie
Fri10:00 - 11:0026.04.2024 Online exam in TUWELwritten19.04.2024 08:00 - 24.04.2024 23:59TISSEinführung in die Biologie
Fri10:00 - 11:0021.06.2024 Online exam in TUWELwritten14.06.2024 08:00 - 19.06.2024 23:59TISSEinführung in die Biologie

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 490 Technical Chemistry Mandatory elective
066 495 Technical Chemistry - Biotechnology and Bioanalytics Mandatory1. Semester


Lecture notes for this course are available as download of ppt slides.

Fritsche O.: Biologie für Einsteiger. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag 2010

Genetik, 8. Auflage, Klug, Cummings, Spencer, ISBN 978-3-8273-7247-5