Course Information
TitleΒΙΟΦΥΣΙΚΗ / Biophysics
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorTheodoros Samaras
Course ID40003083

Programme of Study: PROGRAMMA SPOUDŌN 2022

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses745

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After the successful completion of te course the students will be familiar with the basic structural units of the cell and their function, thwy will have been introduced to basic imaging and investigational techniques of biophysical processes and will know basic electrophysiology. Moreover, they will be able to quantify basic biophysical functions in the cell.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introductory concepts: Chemical bonds (inter-atomic potentials of weak and strong bonds, non-central forces, bond energy, spring constant and bond elastic limit) rate of change of chemical reactions (free, internal energy, thermodynamics-statistical mechanics, kinetics of chemical reactions, radiation energy). Transport processes: diffusion, viscosity, heat transfer. Experimental techniques in biophysics: X-ray diffraction, nuclear magnetic resonance, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), optical tweezers, patch clamping. Biological polymers: nucleic acids (DNA, RNA) and the conformation and folding of proteins. Biological membranes: background, chemical composition and structure of organic membranes, physics of biological membranes. Excitable biological membranes: diffusion and ion mobility, resting potential, action potential, Hodgkin-Huxley model, neural impulse propagation (cable model, FitzHugh-Nagumo model)
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Multimedia (animations/films/applets) and slide projection.
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Αρχές Φυσικής Βιοχημείας Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 7755 Συγγραφείς: Kensal Van Holde, W. Curtis Johnson, P. Shing Ho
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