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Microscopy for Biological Sciences (BIOL90001)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBIOL90001
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Microscopy is the key technique for imaging fine structure in biological specimens. This subject will introduce the range of methods and capabilities of light microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and laser scanning confocal microscopy, as well as the methods of specimen preparation for standard histochemical and immunocytochemical techniques. The principles and scientific basis underpinning the various methods and techniques will be explained, and applications to current cutting-edge science and technology will be discussed. Practical and project work will include demonstration of equipment and analysis of images and data.

Intended learning outcomes

The objectives of this subject are to provide students with:

  • Increased knowledge and understanding of the techniques of involved with microscopy;
  • A theoretical and practical background to permit informed choice of appropriate imaging technology and analysis; and
  • Enhanced individual investigative skills, critical thought and the ability to evaluate and analyse microscopy images and data.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain skills in:

  • Problem solving, including engaging with unfamiliar problems and identifying relevant strategies;
  • Analytical skills, including the ability to work with images and data sets;
  • High level written report presentation skills; and
  • Working in a team, through interactions in group projects.

Last updated: 11 January 2018