FY814: Experimental biophysics (5 ECTS)

STADS: 07009501

Master's level course

Teaching period
The course is offered in the autumn semester.

Teacher responsible
Adam Cohen Simonsen, Lektor, Ph.D.
Tlf.: 6550 3527 Email: adam@memphys.sdu.dk

Additional teachers
Koji Kinoshita, Lektor,
Tlf.: 6550 4768 Email: koji@sdu.dk
David Needham, Professor,
Tlf.: 6550 3522 Email: needham@sdu.dk
Beate Klösgen, Lektor, dr.rer.nat.
Tlf.: 6550 2561 Email: kloesgen@memphys.sdu.dk
Jonathan R. Brewer, Lektor, Ph.d.
Tlf.: 6550 3505 Email: brewer@memphys.sdu.dk

Group Type Day Time Classroom Weeks Comment
Common I Wednesday 12-14 U17 36-37,43
Common I Wednesday 12-14 U143 39,44
Common I Wednesday 12-14 U145 40
Common I Wednesday 12-14 U29A 46-47
H1 TE Wednesday 12-18 *Odense Lokalitet aftales 15 38,41,45,48
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A Bachelor’s degree in Physics, nanobioscience or similar subject area, or a minor in Physics.

Academic preconditions:
Students taking the course are expected to:

Course introduction
The aim of the course is that the students become familiar with modern experimental methods for fabrication, manipulation and characterization of biological model systems, soft matter materials and biomolecular interfaces.

The course builds on the knowledge acquired in previous experimental courses in the physics curriculum, and gives an academic basis for using biophysical techniques in later projects and the master thesis.

In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:

Expected learning outcome
The learning objectives of the course are that the student demonstrates the ability to: Subject overview
The following main topics are contained in the course:
  1. Surface sensitive techniques  for characterizing biomolecular interfaces including atomic force microscopy (AFM), imaging ellipsometry and Brewster angle microscopy (BAM). Examples of systems studies are: Supported bilayers and monolayers (Simonsen).
  2. Micromechanical methods for fabrication, manipulation and characterization of micro and nanoparticles (Kinoshita/Needham).
  3. Fabrication of Langmuir monolayers of surfactant molecules and characterization of these with X-ray and neutron reflectometry (Klösgen).
  4. Confocal fluorescence microscopy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) for studying membranes and cells (Brewer).
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This course uses e-learn (blackboard).

Prerequisites for participating in the exam
  1. As a prerequisite-test the students are required to complete the lab work and the associated lab reports before admission to write the final report. Pass/fail, internal marking by teacher. (07009512).
Assessment and marking:
  1. Approximately 10 days before the end of the course, each participant will be assigned (by random) a subject covered in the course. On the basis of this topic the students write a comprehensive report (~15 pages)  which includes own results, scientific literature and answers to specific questions. The report is evaluated with a grade after 7-scale (internal censorship). (5 ECTS). (07009502).
Reexamination in the same termin. (Does not require new experiments)
The mode of exam at the reexamination may differ from the mode of exam at the ordinary exam.

Expected working hours
The teaching method is based on three phase model.
Intro phase: 16 hours
Skills training phase: 24 hours, hereof:
 - Laboratory exercises: 24 hours

Educational activities

Educational form
Activities during the study phase:

This course is taught in Danish or English, depending on the lecturer. However, if international students participate, the teaching language will always be English.

Course enrollment
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