Course Outline Winter 2021-2022

Additional information on this course is found on Sakai.


Biophysics is the study of the physical basis of life processes. It involves model building and mathematical abstraction of experimental results.

Assignments and exams:

9 assignments, downloadable from the Sakai course page.
1 final exam, delivered through the Sakai course page.


Physical Biology of the Cell 2 ed.
Phillips, Kondev, Theroit, and Orme

Paper copies available for purchase through
eBook rental and purchase available through VitalSource

The book figures and data will be available in the Sakai Resources tool, and from the publisher's website


Lectures will be synchronous through Microsoft Teams. The link to Teams in on the left column of the course Sakai page. You should all be a member of the class Team, and links to the lecture meeting in your Outlook  Calendars. If not, let me know.

Lectures will be recorded and be viewable in Sakai, three days after the class date.

Times/Dates: Wednesdays, Fridays 10:00-11:30


Thad Harroun (MC B201, ext. 5905, e-mail:
Office hours:  (B201) W,Th 11:00-12:00
Or you can usually find me in my office or in labs H208 or H305. Or just stop by.

The marking scheme:

Component Weight
Homework 75%
Final exam 25%


Penalty for late assignments: -10% per day, excluding Saturdays and Sundays