Advanced Instrumental Techniques

Universidad Católica de Valencia

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced Instrumental Techniques

  • Host University

    Universidad Católica de Valencia

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisites: None described. However, having passed Molecular Genetics is recommended.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    GENERAL GOALS
    a. Acquire the theoretical basis of the advanced instrumental techniques program and learn the possible practical applications of those techniques. Be capable of choosing the most appropriate technique among different available options to solve a particular analytical problem.
    b. Learn the basics of cellular and molecular laboratory equipment and their functioning. In specific those used for cell culture, centrifugation, electrophoresis, chromatography, termocycling, microscopy, spectroscopy etc.
    c. Use of bioinformatics for primer design purposes to fit specific project requirements.
    d. Develop the ability to identify variables and use different instrumental techniques to analyze them.
    e. Develop own criteria for critical Reading of scientific articles on different instrumental technique topics that form part of the course program.
    f. Become capable of understanding the choice of techniques used in Real Research Projects that will be presented to students in special seminar sessions by experts.

    CROSS-SECTIONAL COMPETENCES
    CG01-Capacity to analyze and synthesize (1)

    CB1-Students acquire and understand knowledge in their field of study
    based on general secondary education but usually reaching a level that,
    although supported on advanced text books, also includes aspects
    involving state-of-the-art knowledge specific to their area.

    CB2-Students are able to apply knowledge to their work in a
    professional way and have the competences enabling them to state and
    defend views and opinions as well as perform problem-solving tasks in
    their field of study.

    CB3-Students are able to collect and interpret relevant data (generally
    in their field of study) and give opinions that involve reflection on
    relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.

    CB4-Students can communicate information, ideas, problems and
    solutions to a specialized or non-specialized audience.

    CB5-Students develop the necessary learning skills to undertake further
    studies with a high level of autonomy.

    CT02-Capacity to organize and plan (2)

    CT03-Mastering Spanish oral and written communication (3)

    CT04-Command of a foreign language (4)

    CT05-Knowing and applying Basic ITC skills related to Biotechnology
    (5)

    CT06-Capacity to manage information (capacity to look for and analyze
    information coming from different types of sources) (6)

    CT07-Problem solving (7)

    CT09-Capacity to work in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary team (9)

    CT10-Interpersonal skills (10)

    CT12-Critical and self-critical capacity (12)

    CT13-Ethics (13)

    CT14-Capacity to learn (14)

    CT16-Capacity to produce new ideas (creativity) (16)

    CT19-Capacity to apply theoretical knowledge (19)

    CT20-Research skills (20)

    CT21-Sensitivity to environmental issues (21)

    CE22-Knowing and understanding contents, principles and theories
    related to biotechnology (22)

    CE23- Knowing how to use laboratory equipment and to carry out basic
    operations for each discipline including: safety measures, handling,
    waste disposal and activity register (23)

    CE24-Knowing basic and instrument laboratory techniques in the
    different areas of biotechnology (24)

    CE25-Knowing how to analyze and understand scientific data related to
    biotechnology (25)

    CE27-Knowing and applying action plans and assessment criteria of
    biotechnology processes (27)

    CE28-Integrating life science and Engineering into processes of
    development of biotechnological products and applications (28)

    CE29-Contrasting and checking results of biotechnological
    experimentation (29)

    CE30-Solving and analyzing problems posed by biotechnology (30)

    CE31-Describing and calculating important variables of processes and
    experiments (31)

    CE32-Knowing how to use different specific operating systems and
    software packages designed for Biotechnology (32)

    CE33-Knowing and complying with legislation and ethics of
    biotechnological processes and applications (33)

    CE34-Knowing main characteristics of Molecular biosciences and
    biotechnology communication (34)


    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    R-1 Students have understood and acquired the subject?s
    contents.
    CG01,CB1,CB3,CT03,CT04,
    CT05,CT13,CT14,CE22,
    CE24,CE27,CE28,CE32,
    CE33

    R-2 Students are able to solve problems or cases related to
    those contents by using various resources (literature, computerbased,
    etc.)
    CG01,CB1,CB3,CB5,CT02,
    CT03,CT04,CT06,CT07,
    CT12,CT14,CT16,CE22,
    CE25,CE27,CE30,CE32

    R-3 Students are able to work and correctly perform basic
    activities in a lab in compliance with the relevant safety
    requirements. They can plan, develop and understand the
    purpose for the experience as well as contrast and validate the
    results obtained.
    CB1,CB2,CB5,CT02,CT03,
    CT04,CT09,CT10,CT12,
    CT13,CT14,CT19,CT20,
    CT21,CE22,CE23,CE24,
    CE25,CE27,CE29,CE30,
    CE31,CE33

    R-4 Students are able to write a clear and well-organized text
    on diverse aspects of the subject.
    CG01,CB1,CT02,CT03,
    CT04,CT05,CT06,CT12,
    CT14,CT16,CT19,CE22,
    CE27,CE30,CE31,CE34

    R-5 Students are able to adequately present and defend their
    work.
    CB1,CB2,CB3,CB4,CT02,
    CT03,CT04,CT06,CT12,
    CT14,CT19,CE32,CE34

    R-6 Students seek bibliographic information from several
    sources and can analyse it with a critical, constructive attitude.
    CG01,CB3,CB5,CT02,CT03,
    CT04,CT06,CT12,CT14,CT19
    ,CT20

    R-7 Students cooperate with the teacher and peers throughout
    the learning process. They can work as members of a team.
    They are respectful, proactive and comply with the subject?s
    organizational rules.
    CT02,CT09,CT10,CT14

    SYSTEM FOR ASSESSING THE ACQUISITION OF THE COMPETENCES AND ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

    Assessment Tool:Written test of knowledge*
    LEARNING OUTCOMES AND COMPETENCES ASSESSED:
    R-1,R-2,R-3,R-4,R-6
    Competencies: CG01,CB1,CB2,CB3,CB5,
    CT02,CT03,CT04,CT05,CT06,CT07,CT09,CT10,
    CT12,CT13,CT14,CT16,CT19,CT20,CT21,CE22,
    CE23,CE24,CE25,CE27,CE28,CE29,CE30,CE31,
    CE32,CE33,CE34
    Allocated Percentage:65%

    Assessment Tool:Continuous practical assesment
    LEARNING OUTCOMES AND COMPETENCES ASSESSED:
    R-1,R-2,R-3,R-4,R-5,R-6,R-7
    Competencies: CG01,CB1,CB2,CB3,CB5,
    CT02,CT03,CT04,CT05,CT06,CT07,CT09,CT10,
    CT12,CT13,CT14,CT16,CT19,CT20,CT21,CE22,
    CE23,CE24,CE25,CE27,CE28,CE29,CE30,CE31,
    CE32,CE33,CE34
    Allocated Percentage:10%

    Assessment Tool:On-line assignments
    LEARNING OUTCOMES AND COMPETENCES ASSESSED:
    R-1,R-2,R-5,R-6
    Competencies:
    CG01,CB1,CB2,CB3,CB4,CB5,CT02,CT03,CT04,CT0
    5,CT06,CT07,CT12,CT13,CT14,CT16,CT19,CT20,CE
    22,CE24,CE25,CE27,CE28,CE30,CE32,CE33,CE34
    Allocated Percentage:10%

    Assessment Tool:Laboratory skills test and laboratory report*
    LEARNING OUTCOMES AND COMPETENCES ASSESSED:
    R-1,R-2,R-3,R-4,R-6
    Competencies:
    CG01,CB1,CB2,CB3,CB5,CT02,CT03,CT04,CT05,CT
    06,CT07,CT09,CT10,CT12,CT13,CT14,CT16,CT19,C
    T20,CT21,CE22,CE23,CE24,CE25,CE27,CE28,CE29
    ,CE30,CE31,CE32,CE33,CE34
    Allocated Percentage:10%

    Assessment Tool:Class attendance, attitude and participation
    LEARNING OUTCOMES AND COMPETENCES ASSESSED:
    R-1,R,2,R-7
    Competencies:
    CG01,CB1,CB3,CB5,CT02,CT03,CT04,CT05,CT06,C
    T07,CT09,CT10,CT12,CT13,CT14,CT16,CE22,CE24,
    CE25,CE27,CE28,CE30,CE32,CE33
    Allocated Percentage:5%

    * In order to pass a minimum of 5/10 is required in each of the sections marked.
    Assistance to Practical Laboratory Sessions is required to pass the course.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.