TFY4335 - Nano Life Science


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Off Campus Exam 60/100 4 hours
Lab assignement 30/100
Project report 10/100

Course content

The course includes cellular and molecular biophysics crucial for applications of nanotechnology in life science. Application areas discussed are bionanosensors, nanomedicine, design and fabrication of microfluidic devices and novel experimental techniques to study molecules and cells. Covered topics include: mechanical and chemical equilibrium, entropic forces and molecular self assembly, random walks, diffusion, Brownian motion, fluid dynamics at nm to μm scale, electrostatic interactions in water solution and biological electricity. Furthermore, during the course, relevant experimental techniques and theoretical models are described.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course, student have knowledge about: 1)simplified physical models to describe processes important for understanding cellular functions and processes on micro-and nanometer scale, such as understand and describe the role of entropy and entropic forces, electrostatic interactions in solution, transport phenomena like diffusion and vesicle transport, molecular motors, properties of water on micro- and nanometer scales, random walk, biological electricity, model and measure mechanical properties of single polymer chains and membranes. 2)Design simple microfluidic devices and understand the physical phenomena important for their function. 3) Principles for light-and fluorescence microscopy, atomic force microscopy and optical tweezers. Skills: Implement some of the physical models discussed in the course in computer simulations in Matlab or python. Have experience working in clean room. Be able to use and adjust a light microscope. Be able to apply achieved knowledge to formulate and analyse problems in bionanoscience. Be able to contribute with innovative suggestions on how to solve challenges in among other things diagnostics and therapy of various diseases. General competence: Write a scientific report.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises with reports, laboratory exercise with report, theoretical project on selected topic. Three of five exercises and the lab report must be approved to be admitted to the exam. The lab report score and score for the project report on selected topic are included in the final grade.

Further on evaluation

The final grade is based on portfolio assessment. The portfolio includes written exam (60%), laboratory report (30%) and project assignment (10%). The evaluation of the different parts is given in %-points, while the entire portfolio is given a letter grade. The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Main textbook: Physical Biology of the Cell. Rob Phillips, Jane Kondev, Julie Theriot, Hernan Garcia. ISBN: 9780815344506. Additional material: To be announced at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TFY4310 3.0 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biophysics and Medical Technology
  • Biophysics
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Off Campus Exam (1) 60/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Lab assignement 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Project report 10/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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