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Course module: BMB507009
Digital Pictures: Data Integrity & Display
Course info
Course codeBMB507009
ECTS Credits1
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Cancer, Stem Cells and Development Biology;
Contact persondr. T.B. Dansen
Contactperson for the course
dr. T.B. Dansen
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
MASTER  (20/08/2018 to 17/08/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
RemarkRegister via CS&D students have priority til 3 weeks before start. Max capacity: 25
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
At the end of the course the student::
  1. is acquainted with the theory behind digital images;
  2. is able to apply image processing software;
  3. is able to make a publication quality figure based on vector based software according to scientific standards.
Period: This course is offered twice a year. First course 14 and 15 May 2019, Second course 16 and 17 May 2019

Dr. Tobias Dansen, Molecular Cancer Research, UMC Utrecht
Description of content
The output of scientific experiments often comes in the form of digital images e.g. scans of Western blots and microscopic images.  This certainly has a lot of advantages, because digital images can contain spatial information and can be more telling than plain numerical data. A disadvantage of data in the form of digital images is that they can, often unintendedly, be manipulated using computer software in a way that is not in agreement with scientific standards. 

In this course we will focus on what you can do and what you shouldn’t do to get the best representation of your digital image without altering the actual data. The course will be given in an interactive way, with time for practicing on assignments on laptops (provided). 

The first day we will go into some theory behind digital images and practice with two different image processing software packages. The second day we will go more into presenting your images in publication quality figures and/or presentations using vector based software. 

There will be a pre-course assignment to start getting a feeling for working with images. As a final assignment the students will hand in a publication quality figure made from images provided at the course. 

Literature/study material used:
literature will be e-mailed to participants. Course handouts are available after the course
Please register online on the CS&D website: CS&D students have priority in registration until 3 weeks before the start of the course.
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Open for master students of other LS masters and PhD students
Prerequisite knowledge:
Master’s students should be in the second year of their programme.
Entry requirements
Required materials
Instructional formats
Basic lecture

Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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