Biomedical Science

General introduction into the laboratory and microscopy

Lecture, 1.50 ECTS


Course content

Introduction to the key terminology of analytical processes, in particular preanalytics, including capillary blood sampling techniques, specimens and their collection, preparation, storage and transport, influencing variables and disturbing factors.
Physical principles of microscopy, mechanical and optical components of microscopes, their function, correct handling and adjustments, sources of error, cleaning and maintenance; optical foundations of image formation

Learning outcomes

The students know the importance of diagnostics and are aware of the consequences for the patients; they know the core terminology of the functionional process in the analytic process and the fundamental techniques of function and analysis; they know the preanalytical factors that influence and interfere with the parameters and that have an influence on the investigation; they are able to coolect blood. The students know the foundations of structure, use and maintenance of light microscopes. They are familiar with the physical- optical processes of light microscopy enabling the visualisation of microscopic structures in biomedical preparations. They know about microscope alignment for Köhler illumination and its cleaning and maintenance. They can detect operational and adjustment errors and can correct them independently.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Hallbach (2006) Klinische Chemie und Hämatologie für den Einstieg
Haus (2014): Optische Mikroskopie
Hillenkamp (2002): Mikroskopie
Thomas (2008) Labor und Diagnose
Bücher, Fachzeitschriften und Internetseiten entsprechend dem aktuellen Wissenstand im Fachgebiet.

Mode of delivery


Prerequisites and co-requisites


Assessment methods and criteria

test at the end of the course