BIO-510 / 12 credits

Teacher: McCabe Brian Donal

Language: English

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

Remark: Only a limited number of students will be selected based on their application file (max. 12). Participants of iGEM team will register on IS-Academia in BA6/MA3


Summary

An interdisciplinary EPFL student team will design and build genetic circuits with novel functionalities. Students learn to develop a project and carry it out to completion in a concrete manner. Their creativity and critical thinking are highly encouraged.

Content

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Discuss the definition of synthetic biology and how this discipline enables the engineering of biological systems
  • Develop a project/idea and generate a roadmap on how to execute this project
  • Conduct independent experiments in a research lab
  • Organize themselves to finish a research project
  • Present and defend a research project in front of a panel of international judges
  • Operate in a multidisciplinary group having acquired both leadership and team spirit-oriented skills
  • Assess / Evaluate the progress and outcome of a research project and to contribute to this project in creative fashion
  • Discuss the societal implications of synthetic biology, clarifying its pros and cons

Transversal skills

  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
  • Set objectives and design an action plan to reach those objectives.
  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Give feedback (critique) in an appropriate fashion.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Make an oral presentation.
  • Write a scientific or technical report.

Assessment methods

Written report and oral presentation.

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Number of places: 10
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: iGEM
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 6 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Number of places: 10
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: iGEM
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 6 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

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8-9     
9-10     
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