Subject: Biophysics

Scientific Area:



72 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - Master the basic principles of Bioeletricity and Biomagnetism
2 - Know the current state of the art and future perspectives in Bioeletricity and Biomagnetism.
3 - To measure electric and magnetic quantities.
4 - To master the basic principles of Optics.
5 - To master the basic principles of Wave phenomena.
6 - Encourage the construction and exploration of physical models.
7 - Develop skills that facilitate the design of new experiments in the domains of Bioelectricity, Biomagnetism, Optics and Waves.


1 - Basic principles of electromagnetism. The electric field.
2 - Electricity in living tissue.
3 - Electrically active membranes.
4 - Biological effects of electric fields and reactive species.
5 - The magnetic field.
6 - Magnetism in living tissue.
7 - Biological effects of magnetic fields.
8 - Basic principles of optics. Vision in nature.
9 - Basic principles of wave phenomena.
10 - Biosensors. Microcontrollers and their applications


R. Plonsey, R. C. Barr , 2007 , Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach , Springer
J. Malmivuo, R. Plonsey , 1995 , Bioelectromagnetism: Principles and Applications of Bioelectric and Biomagnetic Fields , Oxford
F. Rieke, D. Warland , 1999 , Spikes: Exploring the Neural Code , MIT
D. Chamovitz , 2013 , What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses , Scientific American
D. H. Hubel, T. N. Wiesel , 2005 , Brain and Visual Perception , Oxford
T. A. Christensen , 2004 , Methods in Insect Sensory Neuroscience , CRC
R. Flindt , 2006 , Amazing Numbers in Biology , Springer

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
The methodology employed in theoretical classes is expositive. The topics are presented on the board or resorting to image and/or video projection. Sometimes, relevant experiments are displayed in the classroom to illustrate the concepts. A strong emphasis is placed in the connection between mathematical models and the real world. The theoretical-practical classes consist mainly of problem solving in order to solidify the theoretical concepts covered. Practical classes consist of experiments that provide skills with essential devices as well as some experimental data processing. Evaluation Model: B. Evaluation Methodology: T and TP components: 3 written quizzes solved in a computer without aid materials and with calculator or excel. In the appeal period up to 2 out of the 3 tests can be improved. Lab component: 2 lab tests (the second is optional).