The course aims, through targeted training, to introduce students to some important techniques and basic procedures used in biological laboratories, and to the type of questions that can be addressed through them, acquisitions useful for the frequency of the final internship final and work’s activities.
Course contents summary
Theoretical introduction and practical application of the main procedures and basic techniques employed in biological research laboratories: solution preparation; micropipetting; microscopy; sterility and microbiological cultures; centrifugation; spectrophotometry; extraction, quantification and amplification of DNA; protein and nucleic acid electrophoresis; chromatography.
No textbooks adopted.
The course is based on tutored practical activities within teaching laboratories. It will also include short classroom lectures aimed at introducing the main theoretical aspects related to the different techniques.
Assessment methods and criteria
The course does not provide a vote but a judgement on the acquired skills and capacities. These will be evaluated on the basis of a test of 20 multiple choice questions related to the laboratory experiences followed during the course and passed with at least 10 correct answers. For tests, one hour is given. Only those who have performed at least 6 of the 9 scheduled exercises are admitted to the exam