Biology I (GYKGEN109E1A and GYKGEN109G1A) for Pharmacy Students
2020/21 Academic year - 1st semester

Topic list

Dear Students!

From 11 November 2020: because of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic situation, lectures and practices are held online (in Zoom).
Please find the Zoom URLs of lectures and practices on ZOOM tab.



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



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

1st week

7 of September

Cell membrane: structure and function

1st week

7-11 of September

The light microscope (LM) in use
ppt   doc

2nd week

14 of September

Structure and function of nucleus I
ppt   doc   doc

2nd week

14-18 of September

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

3rd week

21 of September

 Structure and function of nucleus II
ppt   doc

3rd week

21-25 of September

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

4th week

28 of September

Endoplasmic reticulum and the ribosomes
ppt / Zoom video: video

4th week

28 of September - 2 of October

Cell nucleus. Cyto(histo)chemistry
ppt   doc

5th week

5 of October

Golgi complex, secretion and protein transport
ppt / Zoom video: video

5th week

5-9 of October

Midterm I. (written)

6th week

12 of October

Lysosomes, endocytosis, vesicular transport
ppt / Zoom video: video

6th week

12-16 of October

 Endoplasmic reticulum

7th week

19 of October

Cytoskeleton and cellular movement
ppt / with voice: ppt

7th week

19-22 of October

Golgi complex. Immunhistochemistry
ppt   ppt   doc

8th week

27 of October

Cell adhesion, cell junctions
ppt / with voice: ppt

8th week

26-30 of October


9th weeek

2 of November

Structure and function of mitochondria and peroxisomes
ppt / voice recording: audio

9th weeek

2-6 of November

Endocytosis and lysosomes 

10th week

9 of November

Extracellular regulation of cells,
signal transduction I.
ppt / Zoom video: video

10th week

9-13 of November

Cell and tissue culture
ppt   doc

11th week

16 of November

Extracellular regulation of cells,
signal transduction II.
ppt / Zoom video: video

11th week

16-21 of November

Cell surface differentiation,

12th week

23 of November

Cell cycle and its regulation I.
ppt / Zoom video: video

12th week

23-27 of November

Store and supply of energy. Mitochondria. Peroxisome

13th week

30 of November

Cell cycle and its regulation II.
ppt / Zoom video: video

13th week

30 November - 4 of December

Midterm II. (written)

14th week

7 of December

 Cellular aging and
programmed cell death (apoptosis)
ppt / Zoom video: video video

14th week

7-11 of December

Cell death (necrosis and apoptosis)

Alberts et al.: Essential Cell Biology. Garland Science/Taylor & Francis Group Publ. 2013. (4th edition, ISBN: 9780815344544)
Collection of the LM and TEM slides pdf



Zoom URL of the lecture on 30th Nov (lecturer: Sára Tóth): Please sign in to access the URL!

Please find below the join URLs of the online practices from 11 November 2020. 
All practices start as announced in the timetable of this semester.

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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 or emailed to Dr. Orsolya Lang (tutor) not later than 11th of September.

Biology I has theoretical (lecture - GYGENBILE1A) and laboratory (practice GYGENBILG1A)

Students must attend 75% of practices. More than three absences of ANY REASON during a semester invalidate the semester. Those student who have been should contact with English secretariat. (Please read carefully the further regulation Compulsory safety regulations →)  A notebook for notes and drawings, and colored 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.

All the 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 practice and theory 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 minimum 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 or practice 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 written test (multiple choice, essay, drawings etc.) covering practice and theory part of the subject.

Online registration for the exam will be in the second part of November. Students have three chances to give an exam. 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.       



Dear Students,

In the 2020/21 Academic year - 1st semester of Semmelweis University (hereafter SU) the Biology I. and II. exam (Dept. Genetics, Cell- & Immunobiology – hereafter DGCI) will be organized in distance-learning mode from 12th of December until further notice. The distance-examinations will take place the teleconferencing interface of the Zoom software, including Moodle.

The Directive for Examinations ( ) issued by the Rector of SU will be followed during the Biology I or II exams.

DGCI-SU draws your attention to the following technical issues:

  1. The exam takes place on the interface of Moodle, including the teleconferencing interface of the Zoom. For the exam every examinee student receives a Zoom invitation via the Neptun system.
  2. According to the Rector's Directive referred above, you are obliged to provide the technical background for the exams. Based on our experience, you need a Windows-based computer / laptop. It seems that Zoom and Moodle are not optimized for the iOs system either. If the connection is broken during the exam out of your responsibility, you must prove this within 3 working days, after which we will judge the situation individually.
  3. According to the Rector's Directive referred above, you must also be in a Zoom contact (meeting) with the teacher supervising you during the written Moodle exams. In other words, you have to be visible and audible by the camera and microphone switched on throughout the examination. Please keep in mind that you can’t be present on Zoom and Moodle at the same time by using an iPad, tablet or phone.
  4. It is forbidden to use headsets, earphones or any electronic or paper-based aids, or to use third parties during the whole exam. Once the noises around you can be heard, you will need a quiet place where you must be alone for the duration of the exam to avoid disturbing the other students.
  5. If any of the above conditions are not met, the supervising teacher may exclude you from the exam.
  6. You must join the Zoom group meeting 15 minutes before the start of the exam using the link available in Neptun. Also log in to the Moodle interface and prepare your student ID. At the official start of the exam, we will admit you from the waiting room to the “meeting”.
  7. Before the start of the examination, you have to make a statement that you are familiar with and accepts the present regulations of the distance examination, and accepts that the examination takes place on a given electronic interface, the operation of which you are aware of.
  8. By reading the list of names before starting the exam (roll call), you must present your student ID to the supervising teacher through the camera. In the “meeting” you have to use your own name, if you did not log in with this, you can change it to official /valid with the “rename” option. Anyone who is not present at the personal identification will be automatically excluded from the exam. After the personal identification, you will get the password in the Chat window of the Zoom. Using this password you can open the exam test in the Moodle system. The test consists of short essay, gap filling and simple choice questions (total score 60 points). You have 45 minutes to fulfill the test after opening the series of questions. Some questions for the purpose of practice will be available in the Moodle from 8Th of December.
  9. If absolutely necessary, you can communicate with the supervising teacher in the Chat window of the Zoom (use the private chat).
  10. If you have finished the written exam on Moodle, notify the supervising teacher using the Chat window of the Zoom, then you can exit Zoom. Leaving Zoom before completing the Moodle exam will invalidate your exam.
  11. The image, sound and chat of the exam will be recorded on Zoom.
  12. The final result

Tutors of the DGCI-SU wish good luck to the exams!

Examination info:

The semester is finished by a Moodle 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 30).


Final grade



30 -



37 -






53 -



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 Zoom consultation generally on every week. The times and the zoom link of the consultations will be published on our homepage.

Useful hints

On the day before the exam, students will receive a Neptun message / e-mail with the exact location and time of the exam. To be accepted for the exam You must have a student ID card or Passport. The duration of the Moodle test will be 45 mins.

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




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