Internship in university labs

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
96
Overall hours
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course is organized in several alternative choices with the aim to introduce the students to the main experimental techniques used in different research topics, the way in which experimental data are processed and analyzed, and the guidelines for drafting a scientific paper.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will acquire skills in experimental biology, will know the basic rules of good laboratory practice, will be able to use basic techniques and instrumentation, and will have the necessary information to organize the lab-book. The student will also be able to write a scientific paper and to read and analyze a scientific article.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
year
Teaching methods:
The training internships include 24 days of laboratory teaching activities for a total of 96 hours (6 CFU). Due to the health emergency in the Academic Year 2020-2021 they will be carried out in blended mode:
- 12 days of theoretical lessons on different telematics platforms, such as Microsoft Teams, ZOOM and SKYPE (further details will be provided by the teachers of the different paths) in preparation for the activities that will take place in the laboratory in presence;
- 12 days of practical lab activities in presence: the 12 students who usually make up a course will be divided into two groups of six and will have practical lessons in two independent labs;
- Only one course at a time will be carried out in the didactic laboratories to avoid groupings in the bathrooms, in the corridors, at the entrance of the laboratories;
- All the activities in attendance will be filmed, so that those students that for various reasons are unable to participate in the practical activities can attend them, asynchronously, in remote;
- Students, when entering the labs, will have at their disposal a mask, gloves and a disposable lab-coat, as well as a personal visor; outside the labs, lockers will be made available to students for the custody of personal belongings for the duration of the internship.
- To protect everyone's health, in accordance with the provisions of the Authority and in respect of Privacy, the body temperature at the access to the laboratory will be measured. No one will be allowed in the laboratory:
- with a body temperature higher than 37.5°C;
- manifest symptoms associated with COVID-19.

- Before the start of the internship each student must declare that:

- didn't have, in the previous 14 days, close contact with COVID-19 positive subjects;
- didn't have close contact with people who could potentially be COVID-19 positive or who are waiting to be swabbed;
- didn't have contact with family members or cohabitants who have also been in contact with a COVID-19 positive person.
- In affirmative cases, it is necessary that the student considers himself "at risk of infecting" and carries out the confinement measures indicated by the health authorities. In case of doubt or when it is not possible to get information in a timely and certain manner, it is advisable to adopt a cautious attitude and ask to opt for the remote laboratory frequency mode.

Program and reference material:
The program and reference material may be subject to changes. Students are invited to consult the programs of the different courses on the website: http://ariel.unimi.it.

Methods of learning verification and evaluation criteria:
As before, the examination will take place orally through telematics platforms (for further details, please refer to the indications provided by the teachers of each course) or, where the regulations allow it, always in oral form. The way in which learning is verified and the assessment criteria will not change. In particular, the student at the end of the course must submit a paper in which the results obtained in the experiments carried out are reported and discussed. Together with the paper, the student delivers the analysis of a scientific article assigned to him/her by the examination committee made up of the teachers of his/her course. If the paper and the analysis of the article are approved by the committee, the student can take the oral examination, otherwise he must rewrite the paper and/or the analysis of the article. The oral examination must be taken, after the approval of the paper, on the date agreed between the teachers and the students of the course. The subject of the oral examination is the different experiences carried out in the laboratory and the assigned article. The teachers verify that the student has understood the experimental techniques used, the objectives of each experiment carried out, the correct methods of analysis of the results.
In case of insufficiency, the oral exam can be repeated only once on a date agreed with the teachers within six months of the end of the internship. The examination grade is converted into points that enter into the calculation of the degree mark. After the second fail, the student must repeat the entire internship the following year.
Course syllabus
The internship offers students the possibility to choose a program among the 10 proposed:

1. Ecotoxicology
2. Cellular Physiology and Biology
3. Immunology and Functional Genomics
4. From organisms to molecules: transcriptional factors and regulation of development and differentiation
5. Molecular approaches to study oncosuppressor genes and their role to prevent neoplastic transformation
6. Heterologous proteins: functional analysis, gene promoter studies, imaging
7. Animal-environment relationships and environmental monitoring
8. Experimental approaches in animal models for the study of developmental biology
9. Molecular Genetics and Cellular Biology of Cancer
10. Neurobiology

Laboratory activities on specific research topics are foreseen in each program. Programs can be consulted on the website: http://ariel.unimi.it.
Prerequisites for admission
The student must meet the requirements for enrollment at the third year: all the exams of 1st year and 30 ECTS related to the exams of the 2nd year , including Biological Chemistry (by September 25, 2020). Furthermore, it is recommended to have acquired skills in the teachings indicated by the Professor responsible for the selected course (see Ariel website; http://ariel.unimi.it).
Teaching methods
Method of teaching: traditional. Laboratory experiences with the direct involvement of students that will be engaged in the realization of different experiments on specific research topics. Students will also be actively engaged in the discussion of the results to improve their critical skills, their ability to re-elaborate the acquired data and communicate the results in an appropriate way.
Teaching Resources
All the material necessary for the planned activities and the experimental protocols are published on the website: http://ariel.unimi.it.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The student at the end of the course must submit a report in which the results obtained in the experiments, carried out during the internship, are reported and discussed. Together with the report, the student delivers the analysis of a scientific article assigned to him/her by the examination committee that is made up of the teachers responsible for the selected course. If the paper and the analysis of the article are approved by the committee, the student can take the oral examination, otherwise he must rewrite the paper and/or the analysis of the article. The oral examination must be taken, after the approval of the report, on the date agreed between the teachers and the students. The oral examination focuses on the different experiences carried out in the laboratory and on the assigned article. The teachers verify that the student has understood the experimental techniques used, the objectives of each experiment carried out, the critical analysis of the results.
In case of insufficiency, the oral exam can be repeated only once on a date agreed with the teachers within six months from the end of the internship. The examination grade is converted into points that enter into the calculation of the final degree mark. After the second fail, the student will have to repeat the entire internship the following year.
Professor(s)
Reception:
Monday 10.00-18.00 (by appointment)
Department of Biosciences, Via Celoria 26, 20133 Milan.
Reception:
on request, via email
via G. Celoria, 26 20133 Milano, B tower, 6th floor
Reception:
tuesday 11.30-12.30, by appointment via email
7C
Reception:
Tuesday, Friday 14:30-16:00
Via Celoria 26, 4th floor
Reception:
Please contact me by email to fix an appointment
via Celoria 26, Tower C, floor n.3
Reception:
Wednesday 10.30-12.30 and Friday 10.30-11.30
Office
Reception:
inquiry via email
via G. Celoria, 26 20133 Milano, Tower A, 6th Floor
Reception:
Appointment needed
Dept of Bioscience
Reception:
wednesday 14.30-15.30
Via Celroia 26, Tower A, ground floor
Reception:
Thursday 17-18 (by appointment)
office 2b