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FSK3511 Cellular Biophysics II 6.0 credits

The course covers the electrical properties of biological cells.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSK3511 (Autumn 2018–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is given as a series of seminars where the participants make presentations and take an active role in discussions. The topics to be discussed: electrical properties of the cells, action potentials, models describing potentials generated in the cells (core conductor model, cable model, Hodgkin-Huxley model), propagation of electrical signals in neurons, voltage gated ion channels.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the students should:

  • have a good knowledge about the electrical properties of living cells
  • be well familiar with the mathematical models describing membrane graded and action potentials
  • have a deep insight into the modern electrophysiological measurement techniques

Course disposition

Seminars: 24 h
Laboratory exercises: 8 h

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Enrolled PhD student.

Recommended prerequisites

SK3530 (Introduction to Biomedicine), SK3500 (Physics of Biomedical Microscopy) anf SK3510 (Cellular Biophysics I) are recommended.


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Weiss T. F. Cellular Biophysics, volume 2, MIT Press, 1997

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale



  • INL1 - Assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INL2 - Assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM2 - Seminar, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

  • INL1 - Assignments, 1.5 credits, grade scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5 credits, grade scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grade scale: P, F

Other requirements for final grade

INL1 - hand-in assignments, 1.5 university credits, grading P/F.
FÖR1 - deepening task, 1.0 university credits, grading P/F.
LAB1 - laborations, 1.5 university credits, grading P/F.
SEM1 - seminars, 1.0 university credits, grading P/F.
SEM2 - seminar, 1.0 university credits, grading P/F.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Marina Zelenina,

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics