Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
120 credits with (1) 20 credits in chemistry, including 15 credits in biochemistry, or (2) 20 credits in chemistry and Cell Biology, 15 credits. English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6").
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
describe the most commonly used biosensors today and their detection principles
explain how biosensors are used for different applications
compare different techniques regarding for example sensitivity and selectivity
describe and critically examine a selected application within the field of biosensors
propose a new type of biosensor for a given problem
Examples of how biosensors are used for different applications. Method validation. Protein/antibody-based sensors: protein immobilisation, specificity, binding constants, kinetics, diffusion. Electrochemical and optical sensors/transducers. Potentiometric methods. Redox-enzymes in amperometric methods. Conductimetric methods. Applications of the quartz microbalance. Optical methods: UV/Vis/IR, fluorescence, luminescence, fibre optics, surface plasmon resonance. Diagnostics and other biosensor applications are discussed critically with special emphasis on sensitivity, selectivity and stability.
Lectures, seminars, project, when possible study visit.
Written exam at the end of the course (3 credits). The project is assigned 2 credits and is examined both in a written and an oral form. The final grade is a weighted average of the results of the written exam and the project.
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 disability coordinator of the university.
This course cannot be included in a degree together with the course 1KB650 Biosensors, 5 credits, or 1KB466 Biosensors, 5 credits.