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PH5016   Biophotonics

Academic year(s): 2016-2017

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 11

Semester: 1

The module will expose students to the exciting opportunities offered by applying photonics methods and technology to biomedical sensing and detection. A rudimentary biological background will be provided where needed. Topics include fluorescence microscopy and assays including time-resolved applications, optical tweezers for cell sorting and DNA manipulation, photodynamic therapy, lab-on-a-chip concepts and bio-MEMS. Two thirds of the module will be taught as lectures, including guest lectures by specialists, with the remaining third consisting of problem-solving exercises, such as specific literature reviews, design exercises and mini-projects. A visit to a biomedical research laboratory, e.g. at Ninewells hospital, will also be arranged.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:

Scheduled learning hours: 24

Guided independent study hours: 126

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews:

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 80%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 20%


Module coordinator: Dr J C Penedo-Esteiro