Basics of Biology

By Prof. Vishal Trivedi   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 6509

ABOUT THE COURSE : In the current MOOCs course I have put effort to discuss different aspects of biology for engineer graduate students. The course will discuss in detail about human physiology and that will help the student to understand the working principles of different process as well as mechanism of different types of diseases. It will help student to understand the general biology as well as they may be able to integrate their engineer skills to take-up and solve challenging questions related to daily life. By the end of this course, student will be able to understand:
1. Basics of biology and different types of organisms in universe.
2. Understanding different types of cells and their structure and functions.
3. Molecular Cell biology and mechanism of different cellular processes.
4. Human physiology and disease biology.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Any intrested learners
INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Basic course for 1st Yr BTech students
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Biosciences
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Enrollment Ends : 06 Feb 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 17 Mar 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Biology 
Week 2: Origin of Life and Evolution 
Week 3: Cells in biology 
Week 4: Molecules of the Life (Part 1) 
Week 5: Molecules of the Life (Part 2) 
Week 6: Basics of Cellular Processes (Part 1) 
Week 7: Basics of Cellular Processes (Part 2) 
Week 8: Human Physiology (Part 1) 
Week 9: Human Physiology (Part 2) 
Week 10: Human Physiology (Part 3) 
Week 11: Cellular Homeostasis 
Week 12: Summary and Conclusions 

Books and references

1.J. L. Tymoczko, J. M. Berg and L. Stryer, Biochemistry, 8th Ed, W. H. Freeman & Co, 2015.
2.D. L. Nelson and M. M. Cox, Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 7th Ed, Macmillan Worth, 2017.
1. N. Hopkins, J. W. Roberts, J. A. Steitz, J. Watson and A. M. Weiner, Molecular Biology of the Gene, 7th Ed, Benjamin Cummings, 1987.
2. C. R. Cantor and P. R. Schimmel, Biophysical Chemistry (Parts I, II and III), W.H. Freeman & Co., 1980.
3. C. C. Chatterjee, Human Physiology, Vol 1 & 2, 11th Ed, Medical Allied Agency, 1987.
4. Hall, B.K., Evolution: Principles and Processes, 1st Ed, Jones & Bartlett, 2011.

Instructor bio

Prof. Vishal Trivedi

IIT Guwahati
Prof. Trivedi did his Ph.D. from Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow in the field of Structural Biology. From his postdoctoral research at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University and Molecular Oncology Research Institute, Tufts University, Boston, USA, he gained extensive research experience in the field of cell biology, intracellular signal transduction, and immunology. Currently, his laboratory at Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering has an active group working and exploring questions related to malaria parasite biochemistry, the role of novel proteins, development of anti-malarial agents, and lastly understanding factors playing a crucial role in immunomodulation and host pathology in different organs

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 
30 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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