Molecular Imaging and Digital Pathology, 6.0 credits

Molekylär bildbehandling och digital patologi, 6.0 hp

8BKG66

Main field of study

Medical Biology

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Karin Öllinger

Course coordinator

Vesa Loitto

Director of studies or equivalent

Jonas Wetterö

Contact

ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Timetable module Language Campus ECV
MGMB2 Bachelor´s Programme in Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine (International admissions round) 6 (Spring 2025) 202514-202523 1+3 Swedish/English Linköping, US C
MGMB2 Bachelor´s Programme in Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine (National admissions round) 6 (Spring 2025) 202514-202523 1+3 Swedish/English Linköping, US C

Main field of study

Medical Biology

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G2X

Course offered for

  • Bachelor´s Programme in Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine

Entry requirements

To enter the course requires at least 90 credits from semester 1-4 in the Bachelor’s Programme in Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Having completed the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • Explain fundamental preparation techniques of tissues, cells and small organisms in different microscopic techniques within light-, fluorescence- and electron-microscopy
  • Explain the difference between different microscopic techniques and describe their advantages and disadvantages
  • Explain how a digital image is retrieved and what a digital image means, and describe advantages and disadvantages with accepted imaging processes
  • Explain key concepts and principles of accepted image adjustments and analyses, and describe risks with digital imaging
  • Describe how different microscopic techniques and imaging methods can be used to assess diseases

 

Skills and abilities

On completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Suggest a relevant preparation technique and microscopic method to solve a given scientific question
  • Correctly use light-, fluorescence- and electron-microscopy for studies of biological material, both living and after fixation
  • At the basic level, apply software-based imaging for analysis of digitalimages

 

Judgement ability and approach

On completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Reflect on possibilities and limitations of different microscopic techniques, sample preparations and digital images when analyzing cells, tissues and small organisms
  • Critically review and evaluate reliability of microscopic images, both in raw format and after digital imaging

Course content

The course gives an introduction to different imaging techniques in research and health care that will provide the student with a basic ability to assess and communicate results from imaging- based studies and to suggest suitable microscopic methods for different medical and biomedical questions.

 

The course provides knowledge about sample preparation of tissues, cells and small organisms, retrieval of digital images and key concepts in imaging aimed for students within the biological and medical sciences. It gives the students theoretical and practical knowledge to understand both basic and advanced microscopic techniques and how these techniques are preferably used to solve different scientific questions. Digital imaging techniques are also used for studies of biological samples. In the course includes specific techniques and methods for microscopy in different structural levels (light- fluorescence- and electron-microscopy) and digital analyse of tissues, cells and model organisms.

 

The course encompasses the fields of medical imaging science, physiology, anatomy, pathology, and molecular biology and cell biology that are integrated with biomedical laboratory techniques, biomedical ethics and scientific approach.

Teaching and working methods

At the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences student centred and problem-based learning make up the foundation of the teaching. The student takes responsibility for, studies and researches current content of the courses and study programme. The methods of the course work challenge the students to independently formulate questions for learning, to seek knowledge and in dialogue with others judge and evaluate achieved knowledge. Students in the Bachelor’s programme in Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine work together in groups based on reality based and course related biomedical issues to apply their knowledges, develop their own learning, contribute to the fellow students’ learning and to practice cooperation. Throughout the study programme theory is integrated with practical modules. The course methods and integration modules stimulate and support the student’s ability to apply their knowledge and professional competence.

 

Work methods used on this course are lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions.

Examination

The form of examination is an individual written examination and an individual written report. In addition, active participation in compulsory components is required to pass the course.

 

Compulsory elements include seminars, laboratory sessions with associated reports and assignments.

 

The written examination and the written report may be performed an unlimited number of times by those students who have not achieved a passing grade. Completion of the written report is limited to two times.

 

Examination and teaching are normally done in English.

 

Grades

The course is graded with the grades Fail or passing grades 3-5, where 3 corresponds to approved, 4 corresponds to approved with credit and 5 corresponds to approved with distinction. An aggregation of the grades from the individual written exam and the individual written report forms the basis of the final grade of the course.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

 

Application for examination

Instructions on how to apply for examinations are given prior to the beginning of each course.

 

Re-examination

The date for re-examination should normally be announced by the date of the regular examination at latest; in which case the scope must be the same as at the regular examination.

 

Examination for students with disabilities

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives. 

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course. 

 

Nomination of another examiner

A student who has taken two examinations in a course or a part of a course without obtaining a pass grade is entitled to the nomination of another examiner, unless there are special reasons to the contrary.  

Grades

Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Course literature

A literature reference list must be set no later than two months before the course begins by the programme committee for the Bachelor’s Programme in Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine. There is no compulsory course literature.

Other information

Planning and implementation of the course is to be based on the wordings in the course syllabus. A course evaluation is compulsory for each course and should include how the course is in agreement with the course syllabus. The course coordinator will analyse the course evaluation and propose appropriate development of the course. The analysis and proposal will be returned to the students, the Director of Studies, and as needed to the Education Board, if related to general development and improvement.

The course is conducted in such a way that there are equal opportunities with regard to sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation and age.

If the course is cancelled or undergoes major changes, examination is normally offered under this course syllabus, at a total of three occasions, within/in connection to the two following semesters, of which one in close proximity to the first examination.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.

Department

Medicinska fakulteten
Code Name Scope Grading scale
66WE Written examination 3 credits U, 3, 4, 5
66WR Written report 1.5 credits U, 3, 4, 5
66CE Compulsory elements 1.5 credits U, G

The course is graded with the grades Fail or passing grades 3-5, where 3 corresponds to approved, 4 corresponds to approved with credit and 5 corresponds to approved with distinction. An aggregation of the grades from the individual written exam and the individual written report forms the basis of the final grade of the course.

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