INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Genetics and Bioengineering
2015-2016

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 330 Biosensors Undergraduate 2 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 5 2 + 2 125 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Almir Badnjević, Assist. Prof. Dr. Almir Badnjevic Almir Badnjević, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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Biosensors have emerged as an exciting research area due to the integration of molecular biology with electronics to form devices of modern time. This course will introduce fundamentals of microbiology and biochemistry from engineering prospective and give a comprehensive introduction to the basic features of biosensors. Types of most common biological agents and the ways in which they can be interfaced with a variety of transducers to create a biosensor for biomedical applications will be discussed. Focus will be on optical biosensors, immunobiosensors, and nanobiosensors. New technologies, related research highlights, and main machine interface will also be covered.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
• Introduction to sensors, especially biosensor-technology to genetics and bioengineering students and the ones who are interested in the subject.
• Explaining basic concepts in biosensing and bioelectronics.
• Clarifying typical problems in biosensing and bioelectronics.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction/Overview of the field and applications of biosensors
  2. Measurement accuracy and sources of errors
  3. Characteristics and operational modes of sensors
  4. Static and dynamic characteristics of biosensors
  5. Measurement standards
  6. Sensor networks and communication
  7. Preparation for mid-term exam
  8. MID-TERM EXAM WEEK
  9. Biological sensing elements
  10. Calorimetric biosensors
  11. Potentiometric biosensors
  12. Amperometric biosensors
  13. Optical biosensors
  14. Piezoelectric biosensors
  15. Immunobiosensors

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic
  1. Beginning of classes
  2. Introduction/Overview of the field and applications of biosensors
  3. Measurement accuracy and sources of errors
  4. Characteristics and operational modes of sensors
  5. Static and dynamic characteristics of biosensors
  6. Measurement standards
  7. Sensor networks and communication
  8. MID-TERM EXAM WEEK
  9. Biological sensing elements

  1. Calorimetric biosensors
  2. Potentiometric and amperometric biosensors
  3. Optical biosensors
  4. Piezoelectric and immunobiosensors
  5. Preparation for practical exam
  6. Practical exam from lab course

TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
Description
  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)120
Laboratory120
Class Deliverables120
Final Exam140
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Describe physical operating principles of biosensors
  • Describe the biology of sensing elements
  • Differentiate a variety of biosensors
  • Recognize limitations of biosensors
  • Predict application areas for different types of biosensors
  • Distinguish measurement accuracy and sources of errors in biosensors
  • State technical characteristics of biosensors
  • Discuss measurement standards and sensors network and communication
TEXTBOOK(S)
  • Raden, J.F. (2010). Handbook of Modern Sensors, Physics, Designs and Applications. New York, NY, USA: Springer-Verlag

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15230
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination11414
Preparation for Final Examination11515
Assignment / Homework/ Project11818
Seminar / Presentation11414
Total Workload: 125
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5