Techniques and Data Analysis in Biophysics
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.
Module version of SS 2017
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
|available module versions|
|WS 2019/20||WS 2018/9||WS 2017/8||SS 2017|
PH2251 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.
This module description is valid to SS 2017.
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||45 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2251 in the version of SS 2017 was Friedrich Simmel.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
- The measurement of physical processes
measurement uncertainties and error analysis, noise, data aquisition, thermal forces and diffusion
- Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
Basics of AFM-based force spectroscopy and Imaging, Instrumentation and data aquisition, data analysis
- Dynamic light scattering and flow cytometry
Basics light scattering and instrumentation, data analysis
- Gel electrophoresis
Basics and data analysis
After successful participation in this module, the student is able to:
- to understand the basics of data aquisition, natural and technical fluctuations in measurements, and measurement uncertainties
- to understand thermal forces and diffusion in biological systems
- to understand the instrumentation and data analysis of AFM-based force spectroscopy and imaging
- to understand the basic principles and the application of light scattering
- to understand flow cytometry and its applictions
- to understand the basics of gel electrophoresis
No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Learning and Teaching Methods
oral presentation, power point presentation, blackboard presentation, discusion
lecture notes, additional literature, moodle
will be announced in the lecture
Description of exams and course work
There will be an oral exam of 25 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions and sample calculations.
For example an assignment in the exam might be:
- What is the difference between Nyquist and 1/f noise?
- What are the imaging regimes in AFM? Explain them!
- How is light scattering utilized in flow cell cytometry?
- What is native electrophoresis?