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Postgraduate Course: Lab-on-Chip Technologies (PGEE11042)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis module will outline the basic concept of devices that integrate one or several laboratory functions on a single chip, and how they can offer advantages specific to their application. Such advantages include: low fluid volumes that lead to lower reagent costs and smaller biological samples for diagnostic purposes; faster analysis and response times that also provide better process control; the ability through parallel processing to provide high-throughput screening; and inherent low fabrication costs that make disposable chips economically viable. The influence of the scaling-down of dimensions on the physico-chemical behaviour of fluids and chemical reactions will also be covered. Current applications of lab-on-chip devices will be given.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 80% written exam
20% coursework
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. An appreciation of the design and development of microfluidic devices that can perform many, if not all, of the functions typically associated with full-scale automated biochemical analysis devices containing pumps, mixers, heat elements, read-out electronics, etc.
  2. An understanding of how to avoid the requirement of external power sources or instrumentation by incorporating into these devices the inherent properties of the fluid and its microenvironment (capillary force, evaporation, wicking, heat transfer, diffusion, etc.) for fluid movement, mixing, heating, cooling, and catalyzing chemical reactions.
  3. An understanding of how to apply non-dimensional parameters (e.g., Knudsen, Peclet, Reynolds number) to practical flow problems.
Reading List
Introductory Bioelectronics: For Engineers and Physical Scientists

Ronald R. Pethig, Stewart Smith
ISBN: 978-1-119-97087-3
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsBiochemical assays,dielectrophoresis,electrophoresis,electroosmosis,microfluidic
Course organiserDr Filippo Menolascina
Tel: (0131 6)50 5663
Course secretaryMiss Jo Aitkenhead
Tel: (0131 6)50 5532
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