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Biology I (GYGENBILE_1A and GYGENBILG_1A) for Pharmacy Students
2019/20 Academic year - 1st semester



Monday 8:00 – 9:40
Green Lecture Hall (NET building)



Labs: L13, 14, 15, 16 (NET building)

1st week

9 of September

Cell membrane: structure and function

1st week

9-13 of September

The light microscope (LM) in use
ppt   doc

2nd week

16 of September

Structure and function of nucleus I
ppt   doc   doc   doc

2nd week

16-20 of September

General view of the cell.
Light microscopic (LM) microtechnique

3rd week

23 of September

 Structure and function of nucleus II

3rd week

23-27 of September

Plasma membrane.
The electron microscope (EM). Electron microscopic microtechnique.
ppt   doc

4th week

30 of September

Endoplasmic reticulum and the ribosomes

4th week

30 of September - 4 of October

Cell nucleus. Cyto(histo)chemistry
ppt   doc

5th week

7 of October

Golgi complex, secretion and protein transport

5th week

7-11 of October

Midterm I. (written)
Endoplasmic reticulum

6th week

14 of October

Lysosomes, endocytosis, vesicular transport

6th week

14-18 of October

Golgi complex and secretion
ppt   ppt

7th week

21 of October

Structure and function of mitochondria and peroxisomes
ppt   pdf

7th week

21-25 of October


8th week

28 of October

Cytoskeleton and cellular movement

8th week

28-31 of October

ppt   doc

9th weeek

4 of November

Cell adhesion, cell junctions

9th weeek

4-8 of November

Endocytosis and lysosomes 

10th week

11 of November

Extracellular regulation of cells,
signal transduction I.

10th week

11-15 of November

Cell and tissue culture
ppt   doc

11th week

18 of November

Extracellular regulation of cells,
signal transduction II.

11th week

18-22 of November

Store and supply of energy. Mitochondria. Peroxisome.

12th week

25 of November

Cell cycle and its regulation I.

12th week

25-29 of November

Cell surface differentiation,

13th week

2 of December

Cell cycle and its regulation II.

13th week

2-6 of December

Midterm II. (written)

14th week

9 of December

 Cellular aging and
programmed cell death (apoptosis)

14th week

9-13 of December

Cell death (necrosis and apoptosis)



Course information


General information

Prerequisite subject: -
Credits: 2+2
Exam: written test in the exam period.


Biology is given in two semesters for students of Pharmacy. Biology I covers Cell Biology and Biology II covers Basic Human Genetics.

Claims for exemptions are only considered if handed to Dr. Orsolya Láng not later than the 11th of September.

Biology I has theoretical (lecture) and laboratory (practice) parts. Students must attend 75% of practices. More than three absences of ANY REASON during a semester invalidate the semester. There are no extra practices. A notebook for notes and drawings, and coloured pencils are needed in practices.

Remember the exact time of lectures and practices, don't be late for them. Being late (10 or more minutes) from practice is considered as an absence.

The slides, microscopes and other belongings in the Labs (Practice Rooms) should be handled with care. Any disappearance or harm in them should be paid by the groups working in the same room.

In the first semester you have two written midterm exams: on the 5th and 13th week during the practice. On midterms both practical and theoretical knowledge will be tested. Absence from the midterm is considered as absence from the practice. At the end of the semester your performance will be evaluated by a practice grade. Requirements of practice signature and grade are: not more than three absences from the practices and the average of midterms has to be 2.0. Requirement of lecture signature is: practice grade. In the case of midterm failure you will have chance for retake it at the end of semester, and if it is needed a very last chance at the beginning of examination period. No opportunity to improve midterm grades (Grade 2-5). You may have written tests, too.

In the examination period you have to take a semifinal exam (kollokvium). Biology I semifinal will be a written test (multiple choice, essay, drawings etc.) covering practice and theory part of the subject. 

Online registration for the exam is in the second part of November. Students have three chances to take the exam. Those who do not come twice for registered date, or have two failed exams, have to obtain a "retake ticket" at the English Secretariate. Failed exam can be repeated after 1 day with new registration. In the examination period there are voluntary consultations.

On the homepage of the Department ( information can be found: eg. slides of lectures, practices, summary of topics not found in the book, description of cytological methods, detailed topic list for midterms and exam.


Head of Department: Prof. Dr. Edit Buzás -- room 717 (7th floor, NET building)
Tutor: Dr. Orsolya Láng - room 719 (7th floor, NET building)


Needed textbook (in the first semester):
Alberts et al.: Essential Cell Biology. Garland Science/Taylor & Francis Group Publ. 2013. (4th edition, ISBN: 9780815344544)

Recommended textbook:
Alberts et al.: Molecular Biology of the Cell. Garland Science/Taylor & Francis Group Publ.  (4th ot 5th edition)

Books are available at Medicina Könyvesbolt, Address: 1091 Budapest, Üllői út 91/A. 
Phone: 215-3786, 215-9618, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       



The semester is finished by a written exam with short essay and multiple choice questions. The exam grade will be calculated from the exam score. For passing (Grade 2-5) you have to reach more than 50 % of the exam scores (minimum 39).


Final grade




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44 -






62 -




The topics are based on the textbook and the lectures, so attending them greatly helps the successful preparation for the exam. In the exam it is not enough to reproduce the topics of the textbook and presentations, but you have to be able to synthesize and integrate the knowledge from different parts.

In the exam period we offer one hour free and optional consultation generally on every week. The times of consultations will be published on our homepage.


Useful hints

Do not forget, that not only the texts of the textbook, but the figures, drawing are also part of the subject. During preparing yourself for the exams, it is not enough to read the textbook, always make notes, draw schemes and flow charts.

Plan your examination period carefully. Do not postpone your exams to the end of the period. Leave the last week of the exam period free for the accidental retakes, but we hope these weeks will rather serve for your recreation.

We wish you successful preparation!

Exam topic list: doc





Cell science / biology consultations (in the NET building)
17 December (Tuesday) 13.00 L14
6 January (Monday) 10.00 L14
13 January (Monday) 10.00 L14
20 January (Monday) 10.00 L14
27 January (Monday) 10.00 L14
The consultation lasts for maximum 70 minutes. If there are no students present at the beginning of the consultation, it will be cancelled.






The user name and password are published in the NEPTUN.

Deputy Chairman:
Dr. SZALAI, Csaba
+36 1 210 2930 / 56236

Course coordinators:
Cell Science / Biology:

Dr. LÁNG, Orsolya
+36 1 210 2930 / 56251

Dr. HOLUB, Marianna
+36 1 210 2930 / 56234

Genetics and Genomics:
Dr. HEGYESI, Hargita
+36 1 210 2930 / 56326

Academic (Neptun) administration:
+36 1 210 2950
+36 1 210 2930 / 56253

Office hours of course coordinators >>>

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