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Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

WEEK 1

Introduction to 'chronobiology'. What sorts of rhythms are observed in nature? Most of the lecture will be spent on describing daily or circadian rhythms in organisms from bacteria to man....
Reading
9 videos (Total 62 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
1.1 The Family of Biological Rhythms 7m
1.2 The Circa-Rhythms5m
1.3 Spatial and Temporal Niches3m
1.4 The Case of Gonyaulax polyedra 6m
1.5 Introduction to the Second Half of Lecture 1 50s
1.6 Circadian Rhythms in Mammals 7m
1.7 Circadian Clocks in Flies, Plants and Fungi12m
1.8 Wrap up for Lecture 118m
Reading1 reading
Literature suggestion10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Lecture 1, Introduction, first half.10m
Lecture 1, Introduction, second half.10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

WEEK 2

Circadian rhythms synchronise to the 24-hour environment. Organisms use specialised photoreceptors to do this and they display characteristic properties in this process. We experience this active synchronisation process for example when we suffer from jet lag!...
Reading
5 videos (Total 46 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
2.1 Pittendrigh´s generalisations 1-9 17m
2.2 Pittendrigh´s generalisations 10 and 11 7m
2.3 Pittendrigh´s generalisations 12-16 and entrainment11m
2.4 Wrap-up for Lecture 28m
Reading3 readings
Literature suggestion10m
Translation of de Mairan's botanical observation5m
Obituary Jürgen Aschoff10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Formalisms12m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

WEEK 3

We will discuss the elaborate molecular mechanisms that allow circadian clocks to produce their daily rhythms and to synchronise them to its environment. We will compare these mechanisms in a wide range of organisms....
Reading
8 videos (Total 62 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
3.1 The first clock gene8m
3.2 The negative feedback hypothesis 15m
3.3 More clock genes -many more! 5m
3.4 Post transcriptional mechanisms and the clock 11m
3.5 Indications of a non-transcriptional clock 6m
3.6 Zeitgebers and the molecular clockwork9m
3.7 Wrap-up to Lecture 34m
Reading1 reading
Literature suggestion10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Lecture 3 Molecular mechanisms12m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

WEEK 4

Circadian clocks serve to orchestrate physiology and metabolism in a coordinated way over the course of the day. Therefore, practically all processes in an organism are regulated outputs of the clock. We'll discuss examples of these processes and ideas about how this circadian regulation works....
Reading
8 videos (Total 60 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
4.1 Clock control: which processes in humans and how to measure them? 10m
4.2 Schwänzeltanz 5m
4.3 The SCN regulates the timing of physiology and behaviour 3m
4.4 Clock controlled genes (ccg´s) 14m
4.5 Clock regulation of behaviour: genetic mechanisms 5m
4.6 Clock regulation of other major regulatory systems 4m
4.7 Wrap-Up to Lecture 414m
Reading1 reading
Literature suggestion10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Lecture 4: Clock control10m

Instructors

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Martha Merrow

Professor
Medical Psychology
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Till Roenneberg

Professor
Medical Psychology

About Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)

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