Course: Advanced Microscopy and Imaging

Course Code: CSB 1018H/F (Summer 2024*), Teaching Section LEC 0101

Course Coordinator

Professor R. Harrison

Offered Summer 2024* session in May and June (exact time TBA) for 8 weeks, plus a final exam.

Enrolment limited to 24 students


0.5 FCE


Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2-5 pm.  Most lectures will be 2 – 2.5 hours, but 3 hours needs to be reserved for some that run longer.


University of Toronto, Scarborough campus.  Lectures will be in hybrid format for off-campus students (MW-229 for in person), but weekly microscope demos and practicums will be held in person at UTSC and are mandatory.  Student seminars on Wednesday, June 11th from 10 am – 4 pm in SW-403.

Course Description

This graduate course will cover theory and practical demonstrations of current light, fluorescent and electron microscopy. The first four weeks of classes will have lectures and demonstrations on brightfield, epifluorescent, confocal and scanning and transmission microscopy. As well, consideration will be given to specimen preparation. Student presentations will occur in the remaining three weeks of formal classes.

Course Schedule and Structure

Each meeting is 3 hours, some sessions may not go that long. Lectures are for 1-2 hours in most cases and then, if relevant, there is a demonstration of the particular equipment. By appointment, students arrange for training of specific equipment.

Tentative Grading Scheme

Participation 20%
Kohler testing, fluorescent figure assignment, and SEM specimen assignment 3 x 10% each
Seminar 20%
Microscopy Technical Sheet 10%
Final Exam 20%



Reading materials




*Summer courses cannot be requested on ACORN until March 18, 2024.

Last updated on March 11th, 2024