General Biology for Pharmacy - 24121
Course Title
General Biology for Pharmacy
Course Number
Instructor Name
Motasem Al-Masri
Contact Information
[email protected]
Semester(s) and academic year(s)
First Semester 2010
Compulsory / Elective
Course Description

This course discusses biological activity at the level of the cell, including cell structure, chemical constituents, architecture, material exchange with the environment, the role of the cell membrane, major energy generating biochemical pathways, cellular respiration, control of cellular activities and basic concepts in genetics.  In addition, this course discusses the anatomy and physiology for a number of systems in the human body such as digestive, nervous, reproductive, motor, and endocrine systems.

Course Objectives

This course will explore the basic biological structures, processes, concepts, systems and theories of modern biology. The objectives will be to:

  • learn about the structures and functions of the biochemicals and organelles of the cells.
  • compare and contrast the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • explore and further your understanding of the major processes, including, energy transformation, metabolism, cellular respiration, transport through the plasma membrane, and cells communications.
  • describe the mechanics of mitosis and meiosis and the relationship of these processes to reproduction, cell cycle, and function. 
  • study the roles of chromosomal abnormalities and gene mutations in causing genetic disorders. 
  • explain how genetic information is stored in DNA and translated into protein.
  • learn the microscopic structure and function of human cells and tissues.
  • learn basic points about the anatomy and physiology of the following human systems: digestive, reproductive, nervous, muscular, and excretory.


Intended learning Outcomes and Competences

After completion of this course, the student will demonstrate basic knowledge in each of the following:

  1. Different types of organic compounds and macromolecules.
  2. Structural characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  3. Mechanisms of membrane transport.
  4. Basic concepts of bioenergetics, metabolism, cellular respiration.
  5. The cell cycle and types of cell division.
  6. Role of nucleic acids in the cell.
  7. Mechanism of genetic information transfer from DNA to proteins.

Anatomical and physiological aspects of digestive, reproductive, nervous, muscular, and excretory systems of the human body.

Textbook and References

Biology 6th Edition, Neil A. Campbell, Jane B. Reece, Benjamin

Assessment Criteria
Activity Percent (%)
exams 100%