BMOL40180 Biological Imaging

Academic Year 2023/2024

“An image is worth a thousand words” but Adobe Photoshop can help you make up an image! Imaging is an essential tool commonly used in the Life Sciences but depending on the modalities used and the expertise of the users, as well as the image processing protocols, many issues can arise. In this module, you will be introduced to the large spectra of imaging methods from photography and photogrammetry to advanced methodologies such as Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy and Super Resolution. We will cover electron microscopy, X-ray, NMR , light, holographic, AFM and beyond. The lectures will be complemented by practical sessions.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
1. Critically discuss biological imaging methods
2. Understand the imaging process and resulting images obtained;
3. Assess the physics and biology of imaging systems;
4. Understand the basics of image processing

Indicative Module Content:

physical processes of imaging (conversion, format, offsets, default settings)
imaging modalities
scale, resolution, energy usage

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours






Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
open ended discussion in class on specific topics 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded Yes


Group Project: Continuous Assessment Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1 Thurs 14:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 12 Thurs 14:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 4, 7 Thurs 14:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 4, 12 Tues 10:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 7 Tues 10:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 4, 12 Wed 14:00 - 15:50