Syllabus for Laboratory Automation in Life Sciences

Laboratorieautomation i biovetenskap

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 3FF037
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Pharmaceutical Sciences A1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2021-10-21
  • Established by: The Educational Board of Pharmacy
  • Applies from: week 27, 2022
  • Entry requirements: For students within:
    The programme in Master of Science in Pharmacy: at least 150 credits within the programme and complied all courses in semesters 1-7
    Master's Program in Drug Discovery and Development: admitted and complied prior courses within the program
    The programme in Master of Science in Chemical Engineering: at least 150 credits within the programme is required, including knowledge corresponding to at least 60 credits in the subjects chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical science or medicine.
    Freestanding course: at least 150 credits is required, including knowledge corresponding to at least 60 credits in the subjects chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical science or medicine.In addition: Knowledge corresponding to English 6 is required (this requirement is fulfilled with a Swedish bachelor degree).
  • Responsible department: Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe and explain the goals, tools and effects of automation for different types of applications in life sciences
  • Design and evaluate the transition from a manual lab protocol to an automated protocol
  • Design protocols and perform pipetting using automated liquid handling instruments
  • Use automated microscopes to automate imaging and analyze, interpret, and summarize the results in writing of good Enlish standards
  • Configure and execute protocols to manage samples using a robotic arm
  • Orally present and discuss results, in good English, and give constructive feedback to other participants

Content


The course gives an introduction to theory and methods for automation of laboratory protocols, mainly in a biology-related laboratory environment. The course gives an overview of different types of automation within bioscience, instruments, robots and associated biological applications. The course proceeds with elements for design of and conversion of existing protocols to automated protocols. Theoretical elements are intermixed with practical parts that includes liquid handling using pipetting robot, sample handling with robot arm, and automated microscopy.

Instruction

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Instruction in the form of lectures, laboratory work and group exercises. Mandatory parts: Laboratory work and group exercises. Written presentation of some laboratory work. The course is given in English.

Assessment


Written examination at the end of the course. To pass the course is required a passed written exam (5 hp) and passed compulsory assignments (2,5 hp). If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.