NKEA07029U CANCELLED - Biophysical Techniques

Volume 2015/2016

MSc Programme in Biochemistry


It is the aim of this course to make the students familiar with most of the biophysical techniques used to obtain information on the structure, function and dynamics of proteins with special emphasis on the methods that make use of large research infrastructures like neutron and X-ray synchrotron sources.

Learning Outcome

-decribe and critically relate the principles of the biophysical techniques covered in this course to their ability to investigate protein structure and function
 - critically evaluate and present results from the original literature 
- competently discuss results from original litterature in relation to the technique used to generate the results 

-ability to interpret results described in the litterature by the biophyscial techniques coverered the course
- processing of published data and identification of weak and critical points in their interpretation.    

- Knowledge of the most widely used biophysical techniques used  to determine protein structure and their limitations 
- Knowledge of the biophysical techniques used to determine protein function
  - knowledge of the biophysical techniques used to study protein dynamics

Available at Absalon

Knowledge of protein chemistry and protein structure
Lectures, demonstration of the instruments used for characterization of proteins by biophysical techniques, student presentations of selected papers. Preparation of an two essays that answer specific questions in relation to published results. Preparation of a third final essay based on a published article in which athe results are based on more than one technique.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Excursions
  • 8
  • Lectures
  • 14
  • Preparation
  • 170
  • Theory exercises
  • 14
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination
The oral examination will take its origin in the last report
Exam registration requirements

Approval of the three essays.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

same as the ordinary exams. Three essays must be approved.

Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome