BBI212 - Biophysics

Course specification
Course titleBiophysics
Study programme
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Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
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    ConditionОблик условљености
    The goalThe aim of the course is to introduce students to the basics of biophysics at the molecular, cellular and supercellular level. The course program covers molecular biophysics, nerve impulse physics, biomechanical processes, bioelectric activities and biophysical interactions of the organism and the environment.
    The outcomeStudents are thoroughly acquainted with physical methods of biopolymer characterization, molecular electronics, theoretical and experimental physical methods of studying the structure and functionality of cells, the polarity of cell membranes, and the propagation of electrical impulses. Students acquire the necessary knowledge in biomechanical and bioelectrical activities of supercellular structures (tissues and organs).
    Contents of lecturesMolecular biophysics. Physical methods of biopolymer characterization. Fundamentals of molecular electronics. Physics of the nerve impulse. Physics of the membrane. Propagation of the nerve impulse. Synaptic processes. Biomechanical processes. Biophysics of muscular contractions. Locomotor processes. Cardiovascular processes. Bioelectric activities. Electrophysiology of ECG signal. Electrophysiology of EEG and MEG signals. Brain waves and biophysical model of state of consciousness. Biological neural networks. Modeling cognitive processes. Biophysical interactions of the organism and the environment. Biological effects of electromagnetic fields, ion and ionizing radiation. Mechanisms of acupuncture simulation.
    Contents of exercisesPractical and demonstration exercises in the laboratory for experimental psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Institute for Mental Health in Belgrade, Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences and Institute of Physics.
    1. R. Cotteril, Biophysics: An Introduction, John Wiley & Sons, 1st edition, New York, 2002 (Original title)
    2. R. Glaser, Biophysics, Springer Verlag, 5th revised edition, New York, 2001. (Original title)
    Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
    LecturesExercisesOTCStudy and ResearchOther classes
    Methods of teachingTheoretical lectures, practical lectures, laboratory work, seminars
    Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
    Pre obligationsPointsFinal examPoints
    Activites during lecturesTest paper30
    Practical lessonsOral examination