Course syllabus

Biologisk översiktskurs
Biology, Introductory Course

EXTG15, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED W
Date of Decision: 2020-03-23

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Elective Compulsory for: Pi3
Elective for: E4, F4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The aim of the course is to give a general introduction to basic biology and to common modelling and computational methods i biology.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Structure and function of the cell. Structure and replication of nucleic acids. Protein synthesis. Gene regulation. Structure of the genome and the proteome. Basic physiology. Classic and population genetics. Evolution. Ecology and population biology basics and models.
Methods and concepts within theoretical biology such as population genetics, population ecology and game theory. The course also contains mathematical methods that are inspired by biology, such as genetic algorithms, neural networks and cellular automata. The programming language that is used is MATLAB, meaning that some knowledge of this software is useful.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: The course has no written examination test. The grading is based on the quality of the hand- ins of the exercises. The general biology lectures are approved of by being present at the lectures. To pass the course requires presence on 90% of the lectures.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Assumed prior knowledge: FMAF05 Systems and Transforms or equivalent.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: EXTG10, TEK290, EXTG11

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Anders.Brodin,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is an elective mandatory course in the third year of the engineering mathematics programme. The course runs in parallel with the course EXTG11 Biological modelling. Hence EXTG11 consists of the theoretical and computational parts of EXTG15.