Course syllabus

Experimentell biofysik
Experimental Biophysics

FFFN20, 15 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2013-04-10

General Information

Main field: Nanoscience.
Elective for: F4, F4-nf, N4-nf, N4-nbm
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The course provides a deeper study of interdisciplinary work focused on experimental methods in biophysics. The course is intended specifically to provide an introduction to the intersection of modern physics, nanotechnology, biomolecular chemistry and biology. By relying on current scientific articles, the course is preparation for research.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course contains three main parts. The first part of the course consists of lectures and seminars. During this time fundamental issues within the relevant subjects are presented and discussed. It is important that the students take active part in the discussion, especially during the seminars. An important goal is to learn how to extract information efficiently from scientific articles. A common theme throughout the course is micro and nanostructures within biology and technology and how they connect to each other.

The second part of the course consists of laborative exercises, primarily in our research laboratories. The students are given an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the equipment that is used at the department for biophysics.

The last part of the course is a project where the students work individually or in small groups on primarily innovative, yet simple, experiments in a research environment at a location of their choice at the university or outside the university. The projects are defined together with the course coordinator, the project advisors and the students.


Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination, written report. The final grade of the student is based on theory (30%), laboratory work (30%) and project (40%).

Code: 0113. Name: Theory.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination.
Code: 0213. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination.
Code: 0313. Name: Project.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written report and oral presentation.


Required prior knowledge: Compulsory courses of the first three years of the Engineering Nanoscience programme.
The number of participants is limited to: 30
Selection: Credits remaining for the degree.
The course overlaps following course/s: TEK265

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Dr Jonas Tegenfeldt,
Course homepage: