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ZJUI Online Course Evaluated by ZJU Leaders

02/25/2020

The institute started online classes on February 17, a week earlier than other ZJU campuses. Ren Shaobo,  Secretary of the Party Committee of Zhejiang University, and Wu Zhaohui,  President of Zhejiang University, came to the online teaching command center to learn about the new semester’s online courses.


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Among the online lectures evaluated by school leaders was the ZJUI course on biosensors. This advanced elective has been coordinated between the University of Illinois and the institute to demonstrate the capabilities of online instruction. It attracted praise from the Evaluation Group at the command center.

The biosensor course is an advanced interdisciplinary course prepared by Professor Brian T. Cunningham of UIUC, motivated by his scientific research and entrepreneurial experience. Prof. Cunningham has founded multiple bitech companies, and his work has been widely recognized. This semester, Prof. Hu Huan of ZJUI is co-teacxhing the online offering in Haining with Professor Cunningham

This course integrates principles and applications of sensors with background science in biology and chemistry. It aims to provide engineering students with solid knowledge of biosensors, lay the foundation for future innovation related to biosensors, encourage new ways of thinking, and inspire opportunities for further study. The core advantage of this course lies in the rigorous combination of theory and application. Many examples are drawn from drug screening and disease monitoring. Each student prepares a professional scientific research project application, including topic selection, background research, innovation highlights, feasibility demonstration, and research plan formulation. This experience will help students prepare to carry out scientific research and give them practice on how to write applications for  projects in the future.

The biosensor course is intended for seniors and graduate students at ZJUI. Going forward, it is envisaged that the course will provide a development foundation for a planned multidisciplinary sensors course. The role of sensors in biology, medicine, contaminant monitoring, structural monitoring, intelligent infrastructure, mechanical integrity, motion control, agriculture, and many other fields presents opportunities for far-reaching exchanges and integration.

Translator | Chang Long