PLS0073 Common Microscopy Methods in Biological Research, 3.0 Credits
Pass / Failed
The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.
Enrolment in research education
The aim of the course to give an introduction to and hands-on training on common low- and high-resolution microscopy methods. Visualization and understanding of morphological and cellular structures is of importance in biological research as well as for applications such as bio-based materials.
On completion of the course, the student will
- have gained overview of common microscopy methods
- have understanding on sample preparation for microscopy
- have some experience on using different microscopes
- be able to plan for microscopy applications in their own projects
A short introduction and hands-on training of optical and electron microscopy as well as fluorescence and confocal laser scanning microscopy is included. The course is applicable for any type of biological material. Special emphasis is given on how to handle plant material for microscopy. Sample preparation for different types of microscopy is discussed.
Participants can use their own material to certain extent during training sessions. Casestudies highlight how microscopy methods can be applied in research. The course is completed with a round-table discussion where the participants discuss given case studies and present possible applications of microscopy in their own projects. The course is located partly in Lund University, Department of Biology, partly at SLU campus Alnarp, Department of Plant Protection Biology.
Formats and requirements for examination
What is required to pass
To pass the course, the student has actively participated in the course including evaluation of case studies and a short presentation.
Lectures, case studies, active participation in training sessions and discussions, and a presentation will prepare students for planning and applying microscopy methods in their future projects.