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764125P Foundations of cellular biophysics, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 764125P  Validity 01.01.2015 -
Name Foundations of cellular biophysics  Abbreviation Foundations of 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline3260 Biophysics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 



2nd spring

Learning outcomes 

After finishing the course the student is able to describe the foundations or basics of cellular structure and function, to present the biophysical background for some of these, and to solve simple problems and calculations concerning cellular biophysics and -chemistry. In addition, the student can specify and categorize some of the central fields of cell biology and cellular biophysics.


In this course cellular function is considered from the point of views of biophysics and medical physics. The course concentrates on the subjects of energy metabolism, information transfer, and the cellular structures and features that are of interest in biophysics or medical physics. The course contains, for instance, introduction to physical chemistry of cells, structure and evolution of cells and cell membranes, cellular homeostasis, kinetics of enzyme reactions, basics of cell membrane function and transportation phenomena, introduction to electrical phenomena of cell membranes, cellular energy sources and metabolism, and the basics of cellular signalling and information processing.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 28 h, exercises 9 h, self-study 96 h, home exam and final exam

Target group 

Primarily for the students of the degree programme in physics. Also for the other students of the University of Oulu.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Introduction to biomedical physics (764163P) is recommended to be done before this course.

Recommended optional programme components 

No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously.

Recommended or required reading 

Lectures, lecture notes, P.J. Antikainen, Biotieteiden fysikaalista kemiaa, WSOY, Helsinki 1981 (partly); J. Heino and M. Vuento, Solubiologia, WSOY, Porvoo 2002 or newer edition (partly).

Assessment methods and criteria 

Home exam, final exam.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail

Person responsible 

Kyösti Heimonen

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Foundations of cellular biophysics  Course  Kyösti Heimonen  16.03.21 -27.04.21

Future examinations
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Foundations of cellular biophysics exam  Exam    17.05.21