ABE 4033 - ABE5038
Fundamentals and Applications of Biosensors
Semester Taught -Spring
The course is intended to provide a broad introduction to the field of biosensors, design and performance analysis. Fundamental application of biosensor theory will be demonstrated, including recognition, transduction, signal acquisition, and post processing/data analysis.
At least senior status is required for enrollment, and a passing grade in organic chemistry (CHE 2210/2211, EES4200, or equivalent) and differential equations (MAP 2302 or equivalent) is required. It is recommended that the students have a basic background in biology. The topics of the interdisciplinary course take into consideration that students will be coming to the class from varied backgrounds. Proper background materials will be provided when needed. It is, however, the student's responsibility to see the instructor if he/she does not have sufficient background in a particular topic. In this case additional background materials and discussion can be provided or directed as needed.
Students should leave the course with a foundational understanding of current state of the art in biosensors as well as a basic skill set for continuation into advanced biosensor design. Topics are selected to emphasize agricultural, bioenvironmental, food safety, and biosecurity applications. Undergraduate students will be responsible for analyzing a current manuscript and giving an oral presentation to the class. Graduate students will be responsible for conducting a detailed review of current literature and provide a written report and oral presentation.
Contributions of Course to Meeting the Professional Component for ABET
Students will gain in depth knowledge of applied chemistry (inorganic and organic) and a fundamental knowledge of applied calculus-based physics and applied statistics.
Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes
This course addresses ABET Program outcomes (a), (d), (g), (h), and (k).
ABET Program Outcomes
- (a) Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- (b) Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
- (c) Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
- (d) Function on multi-disciplinary teams
- (e) Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- (f) Understand professional and ethical responsibilities
- (g) Communicate effectively
- (h) Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
- (i) Recognize the need for, and engage in life long learning
- (j) Understand contemporary engineering issues
- (k) Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Dr. Eric McLamore
Phone: 392-1864 x105
Class Materials Required
Due to the multi disciplinary nature of the course material, text and supporting information will be provided by the Instructor and will be taken from numerous textbooks and current journal articles (journal articles will be selected by instructor). Information from textbooks will be provided by the instructor in the form of electronic files, and selected material will be taken from the following:
Title: Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications
Author(s): Allen J. Bard; Larry R. Faulkner
Publication date: 2000
Edition: 2nd edition
Title: Analytical Electrochemistry
Author(s): J. Wang
Publication date: 2006
Edition: 3rd edition
Recommended Reading:Other supporting material highly suggested includes:
Title: Rapid Review: Biochemistry
Author(s): J.W. Pelley and E.F. Goljan
Publication date: 2011
Edition: 3rd edition
- The Biomolecular Realm and Introduction to Biosensing
- Biosensor Design and Performance Evaluation
- Sensors, Detectors and Assays
- Biological Recognition and Transduction
- Fundamentals of Electroanalytical Chemistry
- Fundamentals of Optics
- Material Biocompatibility
- Protein based biosensors/bioassays
- Whole cell biosensors/bioassays
- Whole organism biosensors/bioassays
- Biosensors for Food and Biosecurity
- Biosensors in the Environment
- Advanced Biosensor Techniques
Attendance and Expectations
Attendance is vital to class participation and in-class discussion. Absences for which a medical or court excuse is provided (professional letterhead required) will be excused. Any significant tardy or early departure from class will be figured as a half absence.
A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses. In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better). Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement. For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit: https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx
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Make up exams must be scheduled with the instructor at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled exam time. Consideration of make-up exams after this deadline will be by discretion of the instructor only..
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On all work submitted for credit by students at the university, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment."
Students should report any condition that facilitates dishonesty to the instructor, department chair, college dean, Student Honor Council, or Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution in the Dean of Students Office.
(Source: 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog)
It is assumed all work will be completed independently unless the assignment is defined as a group project, in writing by the instructor.
This policy will be vigorously upheld at all times in this course.
Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.
0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565, www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/
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Campus Helping Resources
Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.
- University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575, www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/
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