TFY4335 - Nano Life Science


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 20/100
Written examination 80/100 4 hours C

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. Four of six exercises and the lab report must be approved to be admitted to the exam. The lab report score is included in the final grade.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The final grade is based on portfolio assessment. The portfolio includes written exam and laboratory report. 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.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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 01.09.2020
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 6
No.of specialization hours: 3

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 form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 80/100 C
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.

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