FEK3100 BioTas I Journal Club 4.5 credits

BioTas I Journal Club

This course consists of a detailed study of scientific articles in the field of bio-, micro- and nanofluidics. The course content is tuned for PhD students in the fields of MEMS, Cell Physics, biotechnology, and the like.

We meet every second week for discussing a specific article. One student is chosen as the presenting participant, and this on a rotation basis. The presenting student selects a "high quality / high learning factor" scientific article related to the fields of lab-on-chip, microfluidics, biosensing technologies, microscale chemical/biological/medical systems, etc, and distributes the article to the other participants. The choice of article must be approved by the course responsible.

The article discussion is divided into five different topic areas: 1) Presentation of the article performed by the student who selected it; 2) discussion on the writing style, presentation of background information, experimental details; 3) the statements made in the results and discussion sections; 4) scientific ethics; and 5) scientific merits and the validity of the conclusions made. For topic areas 2, 3, 4 and 5 discussion is led by a student selected at random from the participants at the meeting.

To be given a passing grade at the meeting, students need to prepare for all topics areas except topic area 1 and be ready to lead the discussion if selected at the meeting. All students are expected to be active participants during the meeting.

The meetings are scheduled to last between 1,5-2 hrs.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

This course consists of a detailed study of scientific articles in the field of bio-, micro- and nanofluidics. The course content is tuned for PhD students in the fields of MEMS, Cell Physics, biotechnology, and the like. 

Intended learning outcomes *

After completing the course, the student should to pass the course be able to:

  • Present orally the technical content of a scientific article to non-experts
  • Be able to analyze and discuss scientific articles with their peers with respect to: the writing style; scientific statements; scientific ethics questions relating to presented data; and scientific merits and validity of the presented research.
  • Analyze completeness and reproducibility of presented experimental procedures.
  • Suggest alternative manners to formulate statements in results and discussion and conclusions sections in a given scientific articles.
  • Be acquainted with a broad spectrum of scientific articles in the bio-, micro- and nanofluidics area.

Course Disposition

We meet every second week for discussing a specific article. One student is chosen as the presenting participant, and this on a rotation basis. The presenting student selects a "high quality / high learning factor" scientific article related to the fields of lab-on-chip, microfluidics, biosensing technologies, microscale chemical/biological/medical systems, etc, and distributes the article to the other participants. The choice of article must be approved by the course responsible.

The article discussion is divided into five different topic areas: 1) Presentation of the article performed by the student who selected it; 2) discussion on the writing style, presentation of background information, experimental details; 3) the statements made in the results and discussion sections; 4) scientific ethics; and 5) scientific merits and the validity of the conclusions made. For topic areas 2, 3, 4 and 5 discussion is led by a student selected at random from the participants at the meeting.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Recommendation:

The course content is tuned for PhD students in the fields of MEMS, Cell Physics, biotechnology, and the like. 

Recommended prerequisites

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Equipment

None

Literature

N/A

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    To be given a passing grade at the meeting, students need to prepare for all topics areas except topic area 1 and be ready to lead the discussion if selected at the meeting. All students are expected to be active participants during the meeting. 

    Other requirements for final grade *

    The students gain 1.5 studypoints for every fifth meeting they participate in until they reach 4.5 study points. The course is then reported as passed.

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Examiner

    Wouter Metsola van der Wijngaart

    Anna Herland

    Ethical approach *

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Further information

    Course web

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    Offered by

    EECS/Micro and Nano Systems

    Main field of study *

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    Education cycle *

    Third cycle

    Add-on studies

    BioTas II Journal Club

    Contact

    Anna Herland

    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at EECS/Micro and Nano Systems