166.692 Introduction to Microscopy in Biology
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VU, 1.0h, 1.5EC


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 1.5
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

 explain the advantages and disadvantages of different microscope types or microscopy techniques and to assign them to biologically  relevant application areas, explain the components of a microscope and the the most important properties key features of a microscope or its components, optimizing the lighting  and carry out simple biological investigations by means of various light microscopy techniques

Subject of course

Light  and electron microscopy, principles of function, examples of application, practical activities and demos

Teaching methods

lecture, practical work at microsscopy room

Mode of examination


Additional information

This course may be held in either an online or presence format, in line with rules and regulations put forward by the federal government and/or TU Wien administration, in response to the evolving Covid19 situation. This may include a hybrid system where, for example, lectures and written exams are offered in an online format, and practical evaluations are offered in reduced groups on campus. Should such changes become necessary during the semester, this may lead to schedule changes, in particular, this may lead to changed dates for practical and written assessments (exams). For online written exams, the assessment/grading scheme will remain unchanged. As far as possible exams will, however, be held in person on campus.



Course dates

Tue14:00 - 15:0023.11.2021 (LIVE)Briefing

Examination modalities

Written exam offered at least three times per semester. Duration of the exam: 80 minutes, results of practical part

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
09.11.2021 00:00 29.11.2021 00:00 29.11.2021 00:05

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
Group 1: Thursday 27. January 2022, 13:00-18:0029.11.2021 00:0112.01.2022 23:59
Group 2: Friday 28. January 2022, 13:00-18:0029.11.2021 00:0112.01.2022 23:59
Group 3: Monday 31. January 2022, 13:00-18:0029.11.2021 00:0112.01.2022 23:59
Group 4: Tuesday 1. February 2022, 13:00-18:0029.11.2021 00:0112.01.2022 23:59
Group 5: Wednesday 2. February 2022, 13:00-18:0029.11.2021 00:0112.01.2022 23:59
Group 6: Friday 21. January 2022, 13:00-18:0014.12.2021 00:0114.01.2022 23:59


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 453 Biomedical Engineering


Slides are available at TISS

Murphy D B: Fundamentals of Light Microscopy and Electronic Imaging.  
Wiley-Liss 2001

Flegler St L, Heckman J W, Klomparens K L: Scanning and Transmission   Electron Microscopy – An Introduction. Oxford University Press 1993


Previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in the principles of optics