Biology 1

Course Coordinator

ECTS points:
5 (N:4)


Course Description

This course introduces students to the basic differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, as well as plant and animal cells; organization and function of cell organelles; structure and role of the cell membrane, cell wall and elements of the cytoskeleton. Also, there will be explained the basic metabolic and regulatory processes in the cell and the principles of inheritance. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of life at the molecular and cellular levels.
Laboratory exercises reinforce lecture topics and include microscope techniques.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, students should be able to:

  1. describe and compare the structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
  2. identify and distinguish structures in plant and animal cell after acquired basic  microscope techniques
  3. explain the biological function of certain parts of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and linked differences in the cell structure with the differences in basic cellular processes
  4. recognize and interpret phase of the cell cycle and illustrate cells in various stages of the cycle
  5. demonstrate the fundamental principles of Mendelian genetics
  6. demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of evolution
  7. use the Hardy-Weinberg principle to explain when microevolution occurs


Lectures: 24 (N: 20) hours

Laboratory exercises: 39 (N: 30) hours


  1. Lecture material on the web of the Faculty and Merlin
  2. Internal script "Priručnik za vježbe iz Biologije 1" on the web of the Faculty and Merlin
  3. Campbell NA, Reece JB (2005) Biology. 7th Ed. The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, San Francisco, CA, USA
  4. Alberts B, Johnson A, Lewis J, Raff M, Roberts K, Walter P (2002) Molecular Biology of the Cell. 4th Ed, Garland Science, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, SAD. Poglavlja: 3-7.